Memory Power

Play a memory relay game and learn that physical activity powers your brain!

Children running to pick up bean bags for memory power game

Key Message

Move many times and many ways each day. Your brain will love you for it!


Learners will be able to:

  1. Recognize that physical activity powers the brain to enhance learning.
  2. Demonstrate physical activity options to be active throughout the day.
  3. Apply a variety of motor and manipulative skills to game play.


  • Safety: Allow enough space to move freely and minimize collisions.
  • Determine boundaries that are a safe distance from obstacles and walls.
  • Determine how you will group learners, using best practice guidelines from the Teacher's Guide.
  • Determine locomotor movements for game play.
  • Be prepared to demonstrate fitBoost brain break activity and fitFlow yoga.

Warm Up

Begin with a fitBoost.



 Say: Show your preference for each question.

  1. Would you rather play a video game after school or play a sport? 
  • Sit with your legs crossed if you would rather play a video game 
  • Jump high in the air if you would rather play a sport.
  1. Would you rather channel surf or go for a bike ride?
  • Show me a surfer pose if you would rather channel surf the TV.
  • Sit on the floor and pretend to pedal a bike if you prefer riding a bike.
  1. Would you rather do your homework before going outside to play or after playing outside? 
  • Sit if you would rather do homework first.
  • Stand up and jog in place if you would rather play outside before doing your homework.


Did you know that being active helps you think? When you are active, you strengthen your bones and muscles and give your energy a boost. As a bonus, all that blood pumping through your body brings oxygen to your brain to give you more brain power! Brainpower helps you do your best to focus and learn.

The number one thing you need to know is that moving many times, many ways, and in many places each day makes your body strong and lights up your brain!

Today’s activity is a fun game called Memory Power, where you will move to help you remember the color of hidden beanbags.



  1. Partner learners.
  2. Each pair chooses a beanbag color. They will attempt to find as many of their colored beanbags as possible during a 2-3 minute round.
  3. On the signal, the first player from each team does a locomotor skill to a Frisbee and looks under it.
  4. If the beanbag under the Frisbee is the same color as the team's beanbag, they take it back with them; if it's not, they put the Frisbee back over the beanbag and return to their partner.
  5. The partner goes in search of a beanbag.
  6. Change set-up and play another round. Partners may choose to change colors.
  7. Time each round for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Challenge students to increase the number of beanbags found each round.
  9. Assist learners to make the connection between the physical activity and being able to remember where the bags are hidden. Ask, “Does play get easier or more difficult each round?”

Close the Lesson

  1. Partner learners.
  2. Select a fitFlow card and complete the poses.
  3. While the kids are stretching, recap that they used both their bodies and brains to do the beanbag activity.
  4. Ask students to explain why it is important to move throughout the day. Reinforce comments about the benefits to the brain (attention, learning).
  5. Assess understanding with the following questions:

Q: Was it easier or more difficult to remember where the bags were hidden during each round of play? 
AAcknowledge that it got easier because, after moving, your heart pumps blood and oxygen to your brain to help you think and remember.

Q: Why is it important to “Move Your Body” throughout the day?
A: Moving benefits the body’s bones and muscles and the brain’s attention and learning.

Q: What are some of your favorite ways to move?
AAssess whether they include different times throughout the day, not just at PE or recess.

Q: What will you tell your family about moving and being active?
A: Movement is physical activity. Move many times and many ways throughout the day. It's great for your body and your brain!

Q: How will you add movement to your day? 
A: Assess learners examples of physical activity throughout the day. Do they describe the many times and many ways they can be active?

  1. Use the Assessment Rubric (see Teacher's Guide) as a checklist to assess understanding, skill development, and personal responsibility.


When, where, and how will you move to increase your brain power?

What You'll Need


  • fitBoost Cards
  • fitFlow Yoga Cards
  • Beanbags
  • Frisbees
  • Cones or Place Markers

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts-Promote Physical Activity and Personal Health and Wellness
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making
  • Standard 7: Practice Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Standard 8: Advocacy


Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Self-Management
  • Responsible Decision-Making

Extend the Lesson

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Adaptations and Modifications

  • Encourage learners to set a goal of moving at different times throughout the day with “I will” statements.
  • Adjust locomotor skills and movement patterns to match the developmental levels of the children.
  • Modify game setup so that all children, regardless of age, size, ability or disability, are able to participate.
  • Play a fit Workout video for activity warm up and cool down.

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