#2651. Bringing Physical Education Home

Phys Ed, level: Middle
Posted Wed Aug 7 08:21:43 PDT 2002 by John Flickinger (flick1974@yahoo.com).
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, USA
Materials Required: Textbook, Notebook Paper, TV and VCR
Activity Time: Approx:1 Hour
Concepts Taught: Health and Nutrition; Heart Healthy; Exercise

Bringing Physical Education Home

Overview:

Extend physical education to include regular exercise in
the home, and present proper sleeping, eating and exercise habits as
part of a larger picture of personal wellbeing.

Teacher Preparation: Prepare handouts of various exercises.

Procedure Ideas:

-Talk regularly about the relationship of exercise to health,
productivity, even economics.

-Discuss various health problems that can be eliminated or
minimized by regular exercises or stretching.

-Students invent their own exercises, focusing on certain parts of
the body or muscle groups, or... Pick from existing exercises already used in class.

-Students can teach exercises to adults at home.

-Have kids figure out an exercise regimen they can undertake at
home.

-Include stretching exercises that may be done as part of TV
watching.

-Children can talk with their parents about their physical activity
as children, and why they do or don't exercise now.

-Students can keep a chart of exercises performed nightly by
themselves and their parents.

-Write about results of their teaching experience.
Can have adults help them check and record their heart rate
before and after exercise.

Options/Variations:

Posing a question recently to our own high school age children of "how many of your
friends DON'T smoke?"resulted in the answer: "none." Need we say more?