Flexibility Teacher Resources

Flexibility is a key part of physical fitness. Exercises and activities that promote limberness contribute to muscle, joint, and cardiovascular health. Lesson Planet has a full range of reviewed and rated resources designed to increase awareness of the importance of flexibility.

Activities and exercises increase range of motion and physical performance and decrease chances of injury. Lesson Planet’s collection of resources includes activities, presentations, and lessons, that teach warm-ups and stretches contributing to flexibility and physical fitness and are appropriate for the classroom, the gym, or even the dojo.

21st century learners are spending more and more time sitting in front of computer screens and tapping on their cell phones. Get them up and moving with activities that keep their bodies and their minds nimble.

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Flexibility in Action

For Students 4th - 7th
Stretching and improving flexibility is a foundational aspect of fitness that is too frequently overlooked. Address this shortcoming with a presentation that details various types of flexibility and types of stretches.The presentation...
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Flexibility Lesson Plan

For Students 6th - 8th
Biceps, triceps, latissimus dorsi, Pectorals, quadriceps, hamstrings, and abdominals. Young athletes rotate through a series of stations, read information and answer questions about muscle fibers, and practice stretching those muscles to...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 1

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Build unity in the dojo or the gym with an activity that not only teaches the importance of stretching and flexibility but also offers class members an opportunity to get to know one another. After warming up and engaging in a Medicine...
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Stretching Muscles Properly

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Tootsie rolls as a teaching aid? Absolutely. Demonstrate to young athletes the importance of warmups and stretching  with an activity that asks them to try and stretch a piece of cold taffy. Class members hold the taffy in their hands...
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Healthy Body Image: Healthy Exercises for Every Body

For Students 9th - 12th
From three-way neck rolls to a figure-5 hurdler's stretch, this is an ultimate guide to healthy exercises. It begins with a bulleted list of general guidelines on cardiorespiratory exercise, flexibility, resistance exercises, and range...
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Sample Flexibility Plan for Beginners

For Students 6th - 12th
Boost flexibility with a set of stretches designed for beginners. Pictures and descriptions guide readers through a variety of stretches while standing, sitting, and lying on the floor. 
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K-2: Fitness with a Jumpstick

For Teachers 1st
First graders gain knowledge and participate in activities enhancing muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. In this fitness lesson plan, 1st graders complete various exercise activities to test out their physical skills.
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Stretch for Wellness

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the human body by participating in physical education exercises. In this body stretching lesson, students discuss the easiest way to injury a body and identify certain stretches that increase flexibility and limit risk....
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Warm Ups & Cool Downs for Children

For Teachers K - 5th
What makes an effective warm-up and cool-down activity? as well as tips for leading stretches. Find detailed activity plans, as well as tips for leading stretches, for elementary school, tag-based games (including one game called "Toilet...
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Hoop Fun

For Teachers K
Students practice following directions. They work on rhythm skills, flexibility, coordination, and cooperation. They use hoops to practice a variety of rhythm and flexibility activities.
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Fitness Lab

For Teachers K - 5th
Students complete several physical fitness stations. Students identify which activities increased their heart rates from a resting level. Stations include jumping jacks, sit-ups, running in place, stretching, and body fat measurements.
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Muscle Flexibility and Strength

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders listen to the definition of muscle strength and observe the teacher demonstrate how to do an abdominal crunch. They then do abdominal crunches for 20 seconds. They gather information about flexibility and strength and...
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Muscle Math

For Students 7th - 8th
Here's an activity that combines both science and math concepts. Class members find their heart rate before and after completing several different levels of physical activities and create a line graph with their data. They also determine...
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How Many Minutes Should I Get?

For Teachers 7th - Higher Ed
Thirty minutes of physical activity a day maintains health and keeps chronic disease away! Your class will learn and discuss the number of minutes of physical activity needed every day to maintain good health, as well as the short- and...
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Building Evidence-Based Arguments: "Cuplae poena par esto: Let the punishment fit the crime."

For Teachers 11th Standards
Should a criminal's punishment match the crime? An argumentative writing plan explores this question as class members investigate a variety of mixed-medium sources by experts in the field, form evidence-based claims, and support them...
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Building Evidence-Based Arguments: "Search Warrant"

For Teachers 10th Standards
Is personal safety worth sacrificing privacy? Young citizens investigate the issue by examining the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution and documents published by the Department of Justice, President George Bush, ACLU, Apple, and...
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Haunted House Challenge Fitness Stations

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Young scholars rotate through ten physical fitness stations. They perform various stretching and strengthening activities for three minutes at a time.
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10 Rainy and Snow Day Activities for Indoor Recess and PE

For Teachers K - 6th
Don't let the rain and snow put a damper on your PE lessons. This collection of indoor activities is a perfect way to keep students active regardless of the weather outside.
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Effects of Drugs and Alcohol

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine how drugs and alcohol impair athletic performance They discuss the reduction in aerobic activity through drug use and discover what is most affected by abuse. In their journals they write about how maintaining...
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Scarf Juggling

For Teachers K - 2nd
Learners participate in three different activities in a PE lesson. Students warm-up by dancing and following instructions in a song, stretch and work on flexibility by playing a game of Steal the Bacon and finish up with juggling.
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Valentine's Day - LOVE

For Teachers K - 3rd
Open your heart with a refreshing yoga session designed for Valentine's Day. With visual cues of hearts and other festive decorations, participants begin a series of yoga poses designed to open their heart chakras and to reflect on the...
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Decorate A Tree

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students decorate a tree with ornaments which represent different locomotion skills such as crab walk, stretches, jump rope, and jumping jacks. Great for holiday week.
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Problem Solving

For Teachers K - 1st
Students participate in completing various locomotor skills. In this physical education/literacy instructional activity, students explore the gym searching for Halloween items to return back to their "home". Additionally, students must...
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English Vocabulary Skills: AWL Sublist 6 - Exercise 1a

For Students 9th - 12th
In this online interactive English vocabulary skills worksheet, students answer 10 matching questions which require them to fill in the blanks in 10 sentences. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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Health Wise Quiz

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Here is a quick assessment that you can use for your next lesson on the physical benefits of daily exercise. 
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Amoeba

For Students 9th - 12th
In this amoeba worksheet, students read about the structures of the amoeba and their functions. They answer twelve questions about the amoeba and color given structures on a diagram of an amoeba.
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Cardio-Vascular Endurance

For Teachers 1st - 12th
Students in a special education class work to improve their endurance. As a class, they complete the same exercises at the beginning of each class trying to increase the number of reps. They are also introduced to healthy eating habits...
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Marathon Trick or Treating

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Learners use fitness skills to solve basic math problems.
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Boat Safety and Water Sports - Lesson 18 - Wake Board Terms

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Boat safety lesson plan 18 is all about the wake board.  The class learns the terminology about wake boards and discusses the different types of ropes used. Much of the information regarding boating basics, personal floatation devices,...
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Locomotor and Object Control Stations

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Develop children's basic locomotor and object control skills with an invigorating Adaptive PE lesson. A series of four, timed stations engaged the class in playing a game of Twister, walking on a balance beam, throwing bean bags, and...
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Your Energy Out

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
How much activity is appropriate for elementary school youngsters? What kind of activities do they need to do? Check out the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans. Look to see what are age-appropriate activities for each grade...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 2

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
”If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.”—Henry Ford. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson two of 20 continues with the class getting to know each other. There is review of the crane stance, the cat...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 5

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson five of 20 has a great team building activity in which a small group is...
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Rope Making

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Jump ropes, dock lines, cables. The science and technology behind rope making is the focus of a seven-page packet that ends with a rope making challenge.
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Why Does Your Voice Change as You Get Older?

For Students 9th - 12th
Most listeners can correctly identify the relative age and gender of speakers without being able to see them. How is it that the human voice is capable of producing such a range of sounds? Find out with a short video that examines the...
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How Can You Stay Fit?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students state the influence of peer pressure on personal health decisions and identify how heart-healthy fitness is achieved and maintained. They participate in a series of exercises and rate their physical fitness IQ.
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Your Energy Out

For Teachers K - 5th
What kinds of physical activity should youngsters do more of? What kind of activities should they do enough of? What kind of activities should they do less of? Studies say that children should be doing about an hour of vigorous activity...
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Primary PE Lesson

For Teachers K - 1st
Students divide into two groups facing each other; tossing the bean bags to each other. The teacher calls out names of unhealthy food and students start to throw beanbags back and forth to their partner. When students hear a healthy...
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How Can You Stay Fit?

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students identify ways that cardiovascular fitness is achieved and maintained. In this cardiovascular health lesson, students discuss what aerobic exercise is and list various activities which address cardiovascular fitness. Students run...
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Sound and Hearing

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scholars explore how sound travels. In this sound lesson plan, students complete seven activities where they observe the different characteristics of sound. Young scholars make sound, watch sound happen, and learn about the ear....
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Balloon Fun

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students conduct an experiment with balloons and skewers. They speculate the reasons for the balloon's reactions to the skewers and write about their observations.
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Heart as a Pump

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students explore the working of the heart by making comparisons with the actions of a pump. They find examples of pumps and valves in facets, aerosol sprays, automobile fuel pumps, and many household items in daily use.
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How Food Moves Through the Body

For Students 3rd - 5th
For this food and digestion worksheet, students read a short article the digestive system and choose the multiple choice answer for 11 questions. Students also put the organs that food moves through in the correct sequential order.
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ntegrated Warm Up - The Bridges of Portland

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students warm up in a fun and stimulating way. They demonstrate understanding of cues words from teacher by simulating bridges. They replace the flags on top of the Freemont bridge by jumping up, grabbing the flags, and saying "Whew!"...
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Balloon Fun

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students begin developing investigation skills. In this investigation skills lesson, students watch a demonstration of a teacher putting a skewer into a balloon. They observe that the balloon does not pop before discussing what they...
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Inside-out Adaptations

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Pupils describe sea stars adaptations and explain how these enable them to survive in different environments.  In this animal adaptation lesson students watch a video, get into groups and create a list of characteristics of sea stars. 
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Key to Good Health: Exercise

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students calculate their heart rate before and after exercise. In this health instructional activity, students find their resting heart rate and then exercise for 5-10 minutes. Students take their heart rate afterwards and observe the...
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Turkey exercises

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students draw a colored feather out of a turkey made from a bag and colorful paper feathers. Each color feather corresponds to a different exercise that students must perform.
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Microgravity Science

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students simulate conditions in outer space. In this space science lesson, students participate in a series of activities designed to mimic challenges that astronauts encounter in space.

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