Health Strand

Moving is Fun!


Lesson Overview:

Students have a fun job to do. That job requires them to figure out what physical activities they like best. Not all kids like basketball or football or soccer. We need to experiment to determine what we enjoy. Maybe their passion is karate or kickball or dancing. In any case, kids should find ways to be active every day. In this lesson, students will write down a list of fun stuff to do, so they can refer to it when their mom or dad says it's time to stop watching TV or playing computer games!


Connection to the Core Lesson:

This lesson takes the healthy heart concepts learned in the core lesson (My Healthy Heart Booklet) and relates them to each student's favorite activities. It encourages them to be active every day in order to maintain their heart health.


Content Standards Addressed:

Learning Objectives:
After completing the lesson, students should be able to:
  • Recognize the benefits of physical activity (physical benefits, mental and social benefits).
  • Develop plans that include a variety of types and amounts of activity.
  • Use a chart to keep track of their daily activity.


Materials Needed:
  • Pencils.
  • Paper.

Suggested Lesson Steps:
1. Read aloud the article Why Exercise is Cool  to the class, making sure the whole class participates in the activities.
2. Have students brainstorm several aerobic exercises as a class. As a class, complete two or three of the most popular activities. (This may depend on the amount of space you have available.)
3. Using the original list of exercises, have students create a personal list of activities that they would/could participate in on a daily basis.
4. Have students create a daily checklist to track their participation in physical activity and evaluate the time spent exercising. They should be encouraged to include exercise both at recess/break and at home. Have them keep track of their physical activity over a period of two to four weeks.  They can keep a checklist in their My Healthy Heart Booklet.


Rode bike​ 35 minutes​  Happy
Took a hike on a trail​


5. Once students have developed the habit of getting exercise every day, add the concept of "Intensity of Exercise."  Explain that intensity refers to the level at which you exercise. Often, a more intense exercise will require more energy, strength or speed. For example, running is more "intense" than jogging.
6. Review with students the procedures for taking their pulse, as described in the core activity. Practice counting the pulse in class and explain that taking heir pulse will help them determine the level of intensity in their physical activities (i.e. the more intense the activity, the higher their pulse will be). Discuss the heart-healthy benefits of exercising at a higher intensity level.
Related Links:
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Academic Extensions/Modifications:
  • Challenge older students to come up with ways to make their favorite exercises more intense.
  • Have students add a column on their checklists to measure their pulse after each activity.


Assessment Criteria:
Evaluate the checklist and daily activity participation.