Benefits of Physical Activity Teacher Resources

Nothing beats a great workout! Whether it’s a heart-pumping cardio session or a race around the playground, physical activity is an important part of staying healthy. It can help with classroom focus, academic achievement, and quality of life—plus it’s a lot of fun!

Bring more physical activity into your class with a series of creative activities designed for elementary learners. Connect PE to language arts with an informational reading response worksheet about ways to keep your muscles healthy, or with a middle school assignment on creating a physical fitness campaign throughout the school.

Want to implement a fitness program with your health or PE students? Check out a workout project plan that focuses on the goal-setting skills needed for a healthy lifestyle. Or take a look at the rest of our curated resources to find the right fit for your classroom!

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Cardiovascular Fitness

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders explore cardiovascular fitness. In this fitness lesson, 6th graders discuss the parts of the cardiovascular lesson and are shown videos of cardiovascular exercises. Additionally, students brainstorm various exercises and...
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Benefits of Cycling

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss cycling and create a list of good effects from cycling.  In this cycling lesson, 4th graders design a leaflet or poster to encourage cycling. Students debate the benefits of cycling. 
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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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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 11

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.”—Lao Tzu. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 11 of 20 has a written script to guide the class through an introductory meditation lesson. It's actually quite...
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 18

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“There are no short cuts to any place worth going."—Beverly Sills. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson 18 of 20 focuses on goal setting. Discuss the difference between short-term goals and long-term goals. Then practice setting a...
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Fitness Curriculum Agility - Cone Drills & Pro Agility Run

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Although this is not a instructional activity in itself, these four running agility drills would be great to incorporate into training for athletic teams. Work on quick movements forwards, backwards, sideways, and on pivoting properly....
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How Do You Choose a Physical Activity?

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students analyze the fitness choices that they make and the benefits of a regular exercise program. They create a sample episode of an original fitness program.
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Boot Camp Fitness Program

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read a CNNfyi.com article about boot camp workouts and define how it is different than other workouts. They research different workout types.
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Benefits Are All Around

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders explore the potential fitness benefits of various activities and the places in the community that they can experience these benefits. At each fitness station, they should list the potential benefits of each activity they...
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Assessing My Fitness Level (Being the Best I Can Be)

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze the five components of physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. They monitor heart rates, calculate target heart ranges, and assess levels of...
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Consuming Healthy Snacks

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Get your class into great shape by introducing them to the benefits of eating healthy snacks and engaing in regular exercise. This set of activities comes with all the worksheets and handouts needed to complete several weeks of nutrition...
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Building Blocks for a Healthy Body

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students watch a video and discuss the benefits of regular exercise. They use books, Internet sites and interviews with health professionals to develop a list of activities to develop physical fitness.
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Benefits, drawbacks of alternative healing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss alternative healing techniques, then chart the potential benefits and drawbacks of alternative health therapies. They design symbols representing alternative healing techniques.
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Fitness for Life

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students discuss their favorite activities and determine which activities are suitable for older people. In groups, students research the benefits of aerobic exercises and the equipment needed. Students share their information with the...
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Appalachia

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the benefits of dance and participate in dances. In this dance lesson plan, students investigate a number of dances such as square dancing and clogging that are native to Appalachia. They use math concepts to...
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Activity and Exercise

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Leave it to the classic jump rope to get your class excited about physical activity! Your class will begin by discussing the benefits of jumping rope as a form of exercise and learning a few different types of jumps. Then in groups of...
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Fitness

For Students 5th - 8th
In this fitness learning exercise, students review the components to a well-balanced exercise routine and explain the importance of physical activity. This learning exercise has 1 multiple choice, 4 fill in the blank, and 5 short answer...
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Fitness Concepts, Principles, and Benefitws

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders design an informative tri-fold fitness pamphlet for a fictitious fitness center that contains a persuasive paragraph encouraging fitness, that is attractive and has the five fitness components.
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The Benefits of Exercise

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders discuss the benefits of exercise before writing a persuasive essay describing a variety of physical activities. They research information about fitness and exercise using a variety of web sites and print resources.
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Fitness Pursuit

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Learners participate in health-enhancing physical game of Trivial Pursuit and identify the benefits and effects of health related fitness.
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Cardivascular Fitness

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders are introduced to the cardiovascular system. They discuss the parts of the body that make up this system (heart, arteries, veins, and capillaries) and also discuss the benefits of cardio exercise.
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Cardiovascular Fitness

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students design a cardiovascular fitness program that encourages them to implement it in their daily lives.
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Be More Physically Active

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore ways to be more physically active. They discuss ways physical activity can help them and discuss activities that are best for them. After identifying activities they would like to try, they discuss health professionals...
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Real Attractive

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine how the media has an impact on poor body image and eating disorders among young people.  In this body image lesson, 6th graders discover the unrealistic values media promotes. Students explore the mental, physical...