Lesson

Why Movement is Essential for Good Health

Let’s help kids stay fit by teaching them about the benefits of movement.

Objectives

  • Describe move as physical activity.
  • Recognize that moving benefits the body and brain.

Lesson Plan

Too often, physical activity is presented as exercise, exercise, and more exercise. Exercise is great; however, there are many ways to move and get the benefits of exercise and have fun at the same time. What’s most important is that youth get the recommended hour or more of physical activity each day. The lessons in this unit encourage kids to play, participate in a game or sport, and do leisure activities (e.g., go for a walk). It all adds up! Make the fit choice to move many times, many ways, and in many places each day. For more ideas on fun ways to add movement to your day, read 8 Sneaky Ways to Keep Kids Moving.

Set The Stage

Ask the kids to stand up and run in place for 15 seconds. Then, have them tell a partner how their body feels. Can they feel their heart pounding? Are their bodies feeling hotter or colder? Let’s talk about movement.

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Captivate

Choose Different Ways to Move

Talk about different ways to move during the day. Help kids understand that moving doesn't just mean exercising.

Educate

Learn About the Benefits of Movement

Highlight the benefits of being active:

  • Movement boosts energy.
  • Movement strengthens muscles and bones.
  • Movement stimulates brain activity.

Check for understanding: What does moving your body do for you?

Activate

Get Moving With a Brain Break

Play a game of Over and Under in small groups as a brain break to get your kids active and ready to learn.

Close the Lesson

Now that we’ve learned about how movement can help our bodies and brains, let’s get ready to think about making healthy physical activity choices.

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Slideshow

Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Core Concepts - Express feelings in a healthy way.
  • Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication 
  • Standard 5: Decision-Making

 

Social and Emotional Learning Competencies

  • Responsible Decision-Making

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