Lesson

How Kids Can Choose to Move Each Day

Kids will learn how to make choices that incorporate movement, and then they will make a plan to move.

Objectives

  • Describe different ways to move many ways, many times, and many places each 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

Have students brainstorm a list ways they like to move or exercise. Review the list with students to show that there are many ways to move and that we all may enjoy different types of movement.

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Captivate

Which Animal Would You Rather Move Like?

As you view the slideshow, ask students to stand up and show thumbs-up for their preference:

  • Be as acrobatic as a chimpanzee or as fast as a cheetah? 
  • Be as strong as an ant or as graceful as a gazelle? 
  • Swim as fast as a shark or fly as high as an eagle?

Educate

Make a Plan to Move

Discuss the many choices kids have about when, where, and how they can move.

Check for understanding: When, where, and how will you move today? Tomorrow?

Activate

Move as Much as You Can

Wrap up the topic by asking students to identify ways to have fun and move throughout the day.

Students plan their weekend movement activities, using the My Weekend Move Timeline printable.

Encourage students to move many times and many ways throughout their weekend days! Have them name an adult who can assist in completing the Weekend Move timeline if needed.

Close the Lesson

Today we learned about how you can move anywhere, and we made a plan to move more. Challenge your students to swap their screen time for move time.

Grade: K-2

Time: 20 Minutes

What You'll Need

Resources

Materials
  • Slideshow
  • Poster Board or White Board
  • 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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