Lesson

Tips to Help Kids Be Active During the Day

Let’s help kids stay fit by teaching them healthy ways to be active throughout the day.

Objectives

  • Create a timeline of different activities to do to move throughout the day.

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 kids to think about their favorite exercise. Next have them stand in place and try to do that exercise for 20 seconds. Then have students share and teach their exercise to a partner.

View the slideshow to learn about many different ways to move throughout the day.

To use this with your students click here.

Captivate

Find Examples of Ways to Get Up and Move

Get your kids moving with a fun brain break! Play some music while kids move or dance. When the music is paused, the kids freeze in their positions.

Educate

Make a List of Your Kids' Favorite Ways to Move

Health experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Ten minutes here and there add up quickly!

Download the How Can You Move? printable to list your students' top 10 move choices or challenge your students to expand the list to 60 ways to move for 60 minutes each day.

Check for understanding: When and how you _ _ _ _ is up to you!

Activate

Kids Plan Ways They Will Move

Download the My Move Timeline for students to create their own timeline of ways they will choose to move throughout their day.

Close the Lesson

Now that we’ve learned different ways to get up and move our bodies, let’s get ready to learn new ways to make moving fun.

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Markers
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • 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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