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Erase Inactivity!

What keeps people healthy? Good nutrition and lots of physical activity! Students get moving and have fun with friends, in school and out.

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Ask students how they spend their free time, is it watching television, playing video games, or using the computer? Students can live a healthier lifestyle by eating healthy foods and regular exercise.
    2. Fitness can be fun! Have students look for ways to increase their 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 family. At school, make the most of recess and gym class to stay in shape and keep your brain engaged!
    3. Students make a list of ways to increase their physical activity with friends, family, or on their own. Add better food choices to the list as well.
    4. Students choose a favorite activity and illustrate it to encourage people to get moving! Use Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils on construction paper. Just erase to add details and highlights. Leave the erased space white or fill it in with another color. Make the message powerful!
    5. Place the message in a spot where it will be noticed. And get into action!
  • Standards

    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.

  • Adaptations

    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!


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