Lesson

The Best Types of Movement to Help Kids Stay Healthy

Help kids to be  fit by teaching them about the different types of movement that are part of their daily lives.

Objectives

  • Describe different ways to move.

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

Have kids turn and talk to a partner and share three ways they have moved since breakfast. Create a list of responses. What is movement? Are there different types of movement? Let’s find out together. 

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Captivate

Learn What Defines Movement

Students decide which activities are fit move choices.

Leisure activities, like playing a game, gardening, playing the drums, and even chasing butterflies, are all examples of fit move choices because they involve physical activity.

Educate

There Are Many Ways to Move

Your moves do not have to be competitive or vigorous to be fit. You can move many different ways throughout the day. For example, everyday activities (e.g., walking, doing chores, etc.), playing games, and participating in sports are all great ways to move. Just get your body moving!

Check for understanding: How do you choose to move?

Activate

Create Movement Statements

Download the Healthy Choices printable for students to create “I will” statements telling how they will add more physical activity to their day. Discuss what students can do to on their own and when they may need help from an adult.

Close the Lesson

Now that we’ve learned what it means to move, let’s start to think about how we can find time to add movement to our daily routines. 

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow
  • Markers

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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