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Fitness Fun Times Five

Fitness GraphicCelebrate Physical Fitness Month with five new lessons that combine fitness fun with other subjects. Included: A sponge relay, baseball Frisbee, bowling math, more!

Recent news headlines shout the facts:

  • Study Finds Children Are Too Sedentary (New York Times)
  • State Youths Flunk Fitness Exam (Los Angeles Times)
  • As Kids Lose Weight, Confidence and Grades Go Up (Raleigh News & Observer)

In spite of the news, in recent years many schools have cut back on the time students spend in P.E. classes each week.


From the Ed World Archives

Have you seen these articles from the Education World archive?

* Sports Math Scores Points With Students and Teachers

* Computers and Phys Ed Do Mix!

* Let's Get Physical! Lesson Plans

* The Web Puts 'Fizz' Into Phys-ical Fitness!

* Great Sites for Teaching Physical Fitness

* Girls and Sports -- A Winning Combination!

* 'Be Fit for Life' Says P.E. Teacher of the Year

* Emphasizing Sportsmanship in Youth Sports


Education World provides five lessons that combine fitness and academic pursuits. Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Approximate grade level for each activity appears in parentheses.)

H2O to Go
A sponge relay race offers a cool challenge and a fun way to teach math (measurement) skills. (Grades K-8)

Frisbee Baseball
How many tosses of the Frisbee does it take to "hit" a home run? In addition to being great exercise, Frisbee Baseball offers valuable lessons in math and physics! (Grades K-12)

A Game for All (Sports) Seasons
Students compete in a variety of sports depending on the season. (Grades K-8)

Bowling Math
Students do the math to figure out the bowling scores, then keep score while they bowl a string! (Grades 3-8)

Invent a Great New Game!
Using a combination of three or four pieces of game/athletic equipment, pairs of students "exercise" creativity by inventing fun new games. (Grades K-12)


Following are a handful of Web sites where you will find more fun fitness activities:

Article by Gary Hopkins
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Last updated 04/25/2012