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Home Sweet Home

Content Area: Science (Habitats)

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Students will review the various habitats of animals commonly found in the state of Tennessee. Materials needed: 3-4 bins labeled with the various habitats (e.g. lake, cave, woodland, swamp, etc.) and several cards picturing animals that fit into at least one habitat.  Divide the class into habitat teams.  Each team will participate in a relay challenge to correctly find animal cards that match their team habitat.  When a team has 10 animals in their habitat bin, they will sit in a circle in their group to let the teacher know they are finished.  The teacher will then check the bins for accuracy in each group's selection of animals.  Use the activity for several rounds having the teams rotate to a new habitat each round. 

Heart Healthy

Content Area: Science (Heart Health)

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge & Physical Activity

Identify lifestyle habits that either strengthen or weaken the heart.  Students will stand in personal space.  Teacher will call out a lifestyle habit that strengthens or weakens the heart.  If the habit strengthens the heart, students will respond by jumping up and down.  If the habit weakens the heart, students will respond by squatting down.

Strengthens: hiking the Smoky Mountains, biking the green ways, eating fruits, dancing to “Rocky Top,” raking the leaves in the fall, snow skiing on Beech Mountain, going for a swim in the Lost Sea, riding a Tennessee Walking Horse, eating strawberries for a snack, etc.

Weakens: eating biscuits and gravy, smoking Tennessee-grown tobacco, riding the elevator in a Nashville skyscraper, watching TV all day, etc.

Walking Bingo

Content Area: Science (Physical)

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Teacher and students will take a nature walk around the school.  Students will play Science Bingo while participating in moderate exercise. Each student will have a clipboard, pencil, and pre-made Bingo card to take with him/her on the walk.  Squares will have items such as: dogwood tree, maple leaf, cardinal, pine cone, lady bug, groundhog, etc. The teacher will assist students in locating items and verify all “winners.” Options include three-in-a-row or full-card completion. 

Litter Bugs

Content Area: Science (Recycling)

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Teacher will have students partner up, ball up a piece of newspaper and place it on the floor.  The teacher will call out two different body parts and students must work together to pick up the paper with the assigned body parts (ex: elbow-elbow, toe and finger, thigh and forearm, knee and back of the hand).  Students will deposit the paper into a recycling box.  Play several rounds.

Cell Tag

Content Area: Science (General)

Fitness Component: Physical Activity

Two students will be assigned as taggers.  If a student is tagged, he/she must go to the teacher to obtain an index card with a picture of a major part of a plant or animal cell.  If the student identifies the correct cell part, he/she may return to the game.  If the student does not answer the question correctly, he/she must do 20 jumping jacks and then try to identify another card. Switch taggers often. 

The Force Be With You

Content Area: Science (Force)

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge & Physical Activity

Students work as partners and perform a “force test.” They face one another beginning with a narrow foot spacing and work to wide spacing.  Each partner will gently push his/her partner's shoulders. Students will draw conclusions as to the best spacing of feet for a strong base of support.  Allow students to alternate roles.  Students can relate their findings to the “ready position” used in sports. 

Soda Float

Content Area: Science (Matter)

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

Teacher will have several cans of favorite soft drinks including “diet” sodas.  Students predict what/if soft drinks will float in a tank of water.  Students record their predictions.  NOTE: Diet sodas will float and regular sodas will sink...why? Heavy sugar content? Use the experiment as a lead-in to touch on the subject of trying to eliminate sodas and sugary drinks because they “weigh” us down and don't have any nutritional value. 

Reading and Understanding Food Labels

Content Area: Science

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge & Physical Activity

Teacher will assign students in advance to bring in snack wrappers from snacks commonly consumed at school.

If possible, they will have a variety of exercise equipment depending on exercises chosen to utilize (eg. exercise mats, jump ropes, step boxes, medicine balls, weight bars etc.). Begin lesson with reading labels discussion. Be sure your students are able to determine where to find specific nutritional information. Set up 10 stations (or more) identified by cones. At each station have a station card that has a snack wrapper and label attached to it. On the station cards give instructions as to what nutritional information you want the students to identify and couple an exercise to go with that information.

Examples might include:

  1. Carrot Sticks. Identify the CALORIES PER SERVING in one serving of Carrot Sticks. Perform one jump-rope for each calorie in the snack!

  2. Potato Chips. Identify the amount of SODIUM in one serving of Potato Chips. Jog in place taking one step for each milligram of sodium.

  3. Chocolate Chip Cookies. Identify THE NUMBER OF SERVINGS that are in one package of Chocolate Chip Cookies. Jog one lap for every serving.

  4. Candy Bar. Locate the TOTAL FAT GRAMS that are in one Candy Bar. Perform one jumping jack for every gram of fat.

  5. Fruit Snacks. Identify how many GRAMS OF SUGAR are in ONE serving of Fruit Snacks and perform the same number of jumping jacks.

  6. String Cheese- Identify the number of CALORIES FROM FAT in one serving of String Cheese and perform the same number of push-ups.

  7. Fruit Juice- Identify the PERCENTAGE OF VITAMIN C in one serving of Fruit Juice and perform one body weight squat for each percentage.

  8. Bread - Identify the GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES in one serving of Bread. Perform one weight bar exercise for each gram of carbohydrate.

  9. Yogurt - Identify the amount of PROTEIN GRAMS in one serving of Yogurt. Perform one pull up (or pull up hang) for each gram of protein.

  10. Milk - Identify the daily percentage of VITAMIN D in one serving of Milk. Perform one medicine ball exercise for each percentage.

It's All About Balance

Content Area: Science (Nutrition)

Fitness Component: Wellness Knowledge

M&M’s®, which by the way are manufactured in Cleveland, Tennessee, are a tasty snack but like many things should be consumed in moderation. Some people have calculated that to burn the calories provided by one M&M® you need to walk 120 yards which is equivalent to walking the length of a football field. One pack of regular M&M’s has a total of 53 M&M’s. At 240 calories per package, how many calories does each piece of candy have? Did you know that to burn off the calories from one M&M you would have to walk 120 yards? Each student chooses to eat either 6 M&M’s® or 6 carrot sticks and then walk the distance needed to burn off the calories.