Erase Inactivity!

Erase Inactivity! lesson plan

What keeps you healthy? Good nutrition and lots of physical activity! Get moving and have fun with your friends, in school and out.

  • 1.

    Do you spend your free time watching television, playing video games, or using the computer? Along with eating healthy foods, adding regular exercise to your day can help you live a healthier lifestyle. You’ll feel great, too!

  • 2.

    Fitness can be fun! Look for ways to increase your physical activity. In addition to playing traditional sports and games, try lifetime activities such as walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, and skating. Ride bikes with friends or take hikes with your family. At school, make the most of recess and gym class to stay in shape and keep your brain engaged!

  • 3.

    Make a list of as many ways as you can think of to can increase your physical activity with friends, your family, or on your own. If you’ve been making unhealthy food choices, add better choices to your list as well. List everything you can think of with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils.

  • 4.

    Choose your favorite activity and illustrate it to encourage you to get moving! Use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils on white paper. Just erase to add details and highlights. Leave the erased space white or fill it in with another color. Use bold colors to catch your attention. Make your message powerful!

  • 5.

    Place your message in a spot where you’ll notice it. And get into action!


  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
  • LA: Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal contrast, addition, and other logical relationships.
  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing one's own clearly.
  • SCI: Offer causal explanations appropriate to level of knowledge.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Good Enough to Eat: A Kid's Guide to Food and Nutrition by Lizzy Rockwell; Gregory, the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Shermat; The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons; Wally Exercises by Steve Ettinger
  • With students, explore the relationship between brain, learning, and physical activity. In small groups, students discuss the importance of healthy eating and daily exercise. Students ponder what happens to people who do not eat well and fail to exercise. Create a class blog for students to post their thoughts about unhealthy living. Encourage them to share this blog with their parents.
  • Why do elementary students have recess? Have students, working in pairs or small groups, research this question. What does the research show? Who did the research? Can we relay on this information? Students create an electronic presentation to share their findings with classmates. Included are student suggestions for getting and staying healthy.
  • Do you know any disabled adults? Adults or children that are confined to a wheelchair? How do they exercise to get and stay healthy? Have students work in small groups to brainstorm ways in which wheelchair-bound people can exercise to get in top shape!