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.

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 hear their heart pounding? Are their bodies feeling hotter? Let’s talk about movement.

To use this with your students click here.

Captivate

Compare Animal Movements to Kids' Movements

Talk about different ways that various animals move. Ask students to compare their physical activity to each animal’s movement.

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.

 

Activate

Games to Play at Recess

Make moving fun! Play a game of Follow the Leader with animal movements.

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: K-2

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

Extend the Lesson

Related Content

Food, Move

STEM Activity: Kidney Coloring Sheets

These sheets show the different aspects of kidney function. Use them as-is or with the kidney science lesson.

Get Printable
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Be Mindful of Your Mood and Energy

Read the slides slowly and quickly depending upon whether they refer to low or high energy.

Start Slideshow
Food, Mood, Move, Recharge

Time for a fit-check

Learn about the times and places where you can perform a fit-check.

Start Slideshow