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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For Teachers 8th - 12th
Use this presentation to review the three main types of physical strength, how strength is required in various sports, and ways to go about training to improve strength. The presentation also details one particular method of gaining...
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Designing a Personal Fitness Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Pupils develop competence in two movements, design their own fitness plan and use a Fitnessgram to determine what level they are currently at.
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Meet Greg's Challenge: Shake It And Shape Up

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students organize personal fitness data in tables, graphs, and charts while participating in a physical fitness program. They explain their findings on the impact of regular exercise on their health.
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Recognizing a Message's Point of View

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students study the physical, mental, and social health benefits of regular exercise while attempting to recognize the point of view of media messages. They read an article and discern ways in which they can make regular exercise a part...
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Healthy Tag

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students play a game to increase physical activity. In this exercise instructional activity, students identify benefits to a healthy lifestyle and learn a fast-paced game to promote blood flow. Students perform activities found on...
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For Students 9th - 12th
Scientific names and the location of 95 muscles of the human body can be found on the three-dimensional animated man within this award-winning application. After identifying a muscle, delve into exercises that strengthen and stretch....
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Picture a Healthy Body

For Teachers K - 1st
Students explore, analyze and recognize the role of physical activity in helping the body grow strong and healthy. They utilize old magazines and newspapers to assist them in finding different pictures of examples of people doing...
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Stretch for Wellness

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils 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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Happy Feet=Healthy Body

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss the benefits of regular exercise.  In this physical health studies instructional activity, 4th graders create visual demonstrations to track their progress with physical fitness related goals.  Students discuss...
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The Lure and Lore of Weight Lifting

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students examine the importance of physical activity and positive reasons for weight training. They analyze and discuss a famous ad, read and summarize an article, and identify the benefits of resistance training.
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Get Active!

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Getting young learners to do calisthenic-type exercises is not so fun, but connect it to a favorite card game and somehow the fun factor increases. Here, the calisthenic activities are connected to the game of UNO. Each color or type of...
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Exercise Egg Surprise

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners explore cardiovascular fitness. For this physical education lesson, students perform a variety of fitness exercises after reading activity explanations found in plastic eggs. Learners record on a worksheet whether they...
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What's Up, Doc?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore cardiovascular fitness and create and follow a fitness program. They document the benefits of participating in a fitness program.
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For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers create and implement a schedule of activities designed to help their parents improve their physical conditions.
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Take a Hike!

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Students explore the benefits of staying active by going on a hike.  In this physical education lesson, students discuss the concept of a hike, where a good place to hike is and what types of foods are necessary to stay nourished....
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Teaching Handball

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students participate in a number of different lessons with the intention of improving skills to play handball. Each instructional activity focuses on a certain skill like strokes and serves. The skills have a progression of difficulty...
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Healthy Living Lesson Plan 7 - Yoga and Relaxation

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Yoga can help to relieve stress as well as help learners become more aware of their bodies. They can also work on flexibility, coordination, strength, and balance. There is a link to the entire  lesson which contains descriptions of...
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Take the Challenge

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders develop personal fitness and activity goals. They keep daily records on the activities completed and measure their heart rates. At the end of two weeks, 3rd graders reflect on their experiences.
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Every Which Way But Loose

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students participate in physical activities that involves walking that is inexpensive, not skill dependent, can be used throughout the lifetime and easily organized into a social activity. They brainstorm all the benefits of walking.
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Skipping - 360 degrees - Advanced Twister

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Pupils learn to jump rope with the purpose of learning how to become physically active. The benefit of the lesson is that children battle the negative effects of being sedentary for any extended period of time.
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For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students perform at five fitness stations a day for a week. Each fitness station be based on a benefit of vigorous physical activity.
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Anti-Social Networks? We’re Just as Cliquey Online

For Students 9th - 10th Standards
Do social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter reinforce our existing biases and cliques? Youngsters read and evaluate an article written by NPR in 2011 on the then-emerging world of social media, and respond to several text-based...
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Pedestrian Safety

For Teachers K - 4th
Students review the concepts of pedestrian safety. Individually, they draw a picture of themselves doing an activity they enjoy noting the rules of safety. After sharing their picture, they discuss the benefits of being safe during...
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Kids Trimming Down

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students relate food concepts and movement to physical activity and eating healthy. In this movement lesson plan, students move to different rhythms of music.