Benefits of Physical Activity Teacher Resources

Nothing beats a great workout! Whether it’s a heart-pumping cardio session or a race around the playground, physical activity is an important part of staying healthy. It can help with classroom focus, academic achievement, and quality of life—plus it’s a lot of fun!

Bring more physical activity into your class with a series of creative activities designed for elementary learners. Connect PE to language arts with an informational reading response worksheet about ways to keep your muscles healthy, or with a middle school assignment on creating a physical fitness campaign throughout the school.

Want to implement a fitness program with your health or PE students? Check out a workout project plan that focuses on the goal-setting skills needed for a healthy lifestyle. Or take a look at the rest of our curated resources to find the right fit for your classroom!

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What is Physical Fitness?

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore and discuss what physical fitness actually is, its benefits and how to obtain it through a variety of ways. They summarize the five parts of physical fitness: cardiovascular endurance,muscular strength, muscular...
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Applying Physical & Health Literacy

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Raise teenagers' awareness about the importance of living an active life and staying physically fit by using this short health video. Starting with a series of facts about the negative consequences of physical inactivity and unbalanced...
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Exploring Physical & Health Literacy

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Help students discover the importance of physical fitness with this health literacy video. Beginning with a comparison of the choices made by two fictional teenagers, this resource continues on to explore the basic physical and thinking...
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Introduction to Physical & Health Literacy

For Students K - 5th Standards
Support children in living fun, active, and healthy lives with a video on physical and health literacy. Whether its learning basic skills like running, jumping, and throwing, or making healthy choices about the foods they eat, students...
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Top 8 Exercises for Autism Fitness

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Create an inclusive physical education program with help from eight exercises designed to met of the needs of children with autism. Activities include ball work, hurdles, bear crawls, resistance bands, star jumps, and the Scramble. 
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Fun Fitness Activities For Kids

For Teachers K - 4th Standards
From shuttle run relays to ACTIVE Bingo, you'll be elated to have this PE resource packet in your tool belt for your next fitness lesson. After all, who wouldn't want to play a game called, "Elephants, Giraffes, and Palm Trees"?
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Fitness Notes - Weight Training

For Students 7th - 10th
In this resource, the fitness notes cover the five principles of fitness, the principles of training/exercise, and cardio-respiratory fitness. The weight training notes cover the principles of weight training, proper techniques, and the...
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Wellness and the Benefits of Exercise

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discuss benefits of keeping physically fit, predict effects of exercise on their bodies, perform various exercises correctly, including push-up, curl-up, and jumping jack, discuss and follow safety practices while...
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Day 9: Fitting in Fitness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Lesson 9 in this 10-instructional activity unit put together by Do Something, Inc. is about fitting fitness into daily activivty. First off though, the class needs to take a look at what kind, and how much, activity they do in a day, in...
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Formula for Fitness

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Many youngsters don't understand that fitness is a life-long endeavor, and that it really pays off to be healthy. Use a spreadsheet to document progress in a fitness plan to see if there really in a benefit to running and exercise. Adapt...
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Extension Activity Building a Healthy Classroom Community

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Workout buddies aren't just for adults! Learners discuss the benefits of 60 minutes of physical activity each day and generate ideas for how they can accomplish this by working toward a goal with friends.
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Fitness Advertisements

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Exercise is good for your heart, your bones, your lungs, and your mood! Middle schoolers read more about the effects of regular exercise before creating their own posters that advertise the benefits of physical fitness.
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Health Related Fitness Portfolio

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students develop and implement a fitness station. Students base their exercise stations upon flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance. They complete a health related fitness portfolio. Students design and take a fitness survey.
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Special Education Fitness Challenge

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Make fitness a part of each and every day. Special Ed students are given charts with maps and record keeping information. They are given a 20-week period (late October to late March, when the weather is cool enough) to walk that...
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Physical Education Bulletin Board/Poster Display

For Teachers K - 3rd
Investigate physical education and sports throughout the years. Third graders view primary source prints and photographs and analyze what they see. Then, they compare different types of physical education programs and sports. The final...
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Do Something about… Eating Healthy - Lesson 8: Action Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Check you heart rate, evaluate your current level of activity, figure out calories burned based on the activities you do. Then put together an action plan of activities to do on a regular basis to maintain physical fitness. Lesson 8...
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Scrabble Fitness

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Hop, skip, and jump your way to picking up letters for a word spelling scrabble game. Get a little aerobic conditioning in while having fun with words. Keep the game simple for the younger learners. You might try putting the letters face...
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Fitness for Life - Rocks n Hoops

For Teachers 4th - 10th
A game of tag, and stealing, in which all of your class can participate actively in. This activity requires team work and cooperation while being competitive. There are suggestions to keep the game moving, and to modify it to make it...
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Personal Fitness Assessment

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars engaged in practice for a physical fitness exam. The practice is beneficial for overall student fitness. The instructor measures key factors of health that include height and weight.
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Fitness Lab

For Teachers K - 5th
Students complete several physical fitness stations. Students identify which activities increased their heart rates from a resting level. Stations include jumping jacks, sit-ups, running in place, stretching, and body fat measurements.
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Excuses, Excuses - Stay Physically Fit

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students explore reasons to stay physically fit. They participate in activities that address excuses people use for not being active. Students discuss benefits of exercise. Students write personal goals for physical fitness and share...
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Physical Fitness

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students compare sedentary lifestyles to active lifestyles. In this health instructional activity, students discuss the implications of different kinds of lifestyles, complete a worksheet, then participate in a physical activity.
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Benefits of Cycling

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss cycling and create a list of good effects from cycling.  In this cycling activity, 4th graders design a leaflet or poster to encourage cycling. Students debate the benefits of cycling. 
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Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 5

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson five of 20 has a great team building activity in which a small group is...