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!
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- Add some movement to spelling. Shape your body into each letter of the alphabet. Move your arms in swoops to write letters in the air. Get together with classmates to spell words with your bodies. Why not try similar exercises with math, too? Imagine the fun making figure eights!
- Keep your heart healthy! Take your pulse at rest and after running in place for 2 minutes. Record the results. What happens to your pulse rate? How many times does your heart beat each day, week, month? Why is important to give your heart a workout, too?
- Explore the relationship between brain, learning, and physical activity. There are LOTS of reasons for recess.
- Work with children with special needs one-on-one to help them identify adaptive ways in which they can be more active.
- Assessment: Collaborate with the gym teacher on this lesson. Ask students to keep records for 2 weeks of their physical activity at home and school. After this lesson, ask them to keep records for 2 more weeks and compare their results. How successful were they in improving their activity levels?