Kids will be able to recognize movement in their everyday tasks.
Too often, physical activity is presented as exercise, exercise, and more exercise. Exercise is great; however, there are many ways to get the benefits of exercise and have fun at the same time! The lessons in this unit encourage kids to play, participate in a game or sport, and do leisure activities such as going for a walk for their physical activity. They will think about ways they can choose to move many times, many ways, and in many places each day. It all adds up—what's most important is that youth get the recommended hour or more of physical activity throughout the day. For more ideas on fun ways to add movement to your day, read 8 Sneaky Ways to Keep Kids Moving.
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 activities.
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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!
Moving is More Than Exercise
Highlight key points:
Check for understanding: What are some of your favorite ways to move?
Create a Move Jar
Students make a move jar:
Optional: Print the Family Fun Jar Decor Kit activity for students to do at home with their families.
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.
Time: 20 Minutes
Show kids how making healthy choices can cause a chain reaction of feeling good and making more healthy choices.Start Lesson
We make choices all day long. Let’s help kids identify times during the day when they make choices and practice giving reasons why they made certain choices.Start Lesson
Help kids think more carefully about responsible decision-making. Introduce the idea of making a choice because it's good for your body and brain.Start Lesson
Help kids understand that self-awareness can help them to make healthy choices.Start Lesson
Position kids to make better choices by teaching them about the benefits of resting, having a positive mindset, eating healthy foods, and engaging in physical activity.Start Lesson
Teach kids to think about making healthy choices and the importance of doing so.Start Lesson