Lesson

Everyday Tasks Can Get Kids Moving

Kids will be able to recognize movement in their everyday tasks.

Objectives

  • Describe ways to add movement to everyday activities.

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 for a student to join you at the front of the class. Have that student demonstrate how they move to tie their sneakers. After the student is done, repeat the moves and explain how much movement can be found in our everyday movements.

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Captivate

Make Movements Out of Everyday Tasks

Watch the Get Moving in the Classroom video showing many ways to make moving fun. Invite students to dance along!

Educate

Moving is More Than Exercise

Highlight key points:

  • Some think move is only exercise, but that's not so!
  • Choose ways to move that you enjoy, and it will be easy to move throughout your day.
  • Make your move a short bout of activity, ten minutes or so is fine. It all adds up!

Check for understanding: What are some of your favorite ways to move?


Activate

Create a Move Jar

Students make a move jar. 

  • On small pieces of paper, students write or draw favorite and fun ways to move.
  • Put the pieces of paper in a jar or container.
  • When it’s time to move, choose a piece of paper from the jar and have fun moving!

Close the Lesson

We've thought about the many ways our everyday tasks involve movement. Next, we are going to learn more about how we can make the healthy choice to add even more movement to our day. 

Grade: 3-5

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • Slideshow
  • Blank Paper

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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