Ask students to name low- and high-energy activities. List
them on the chalkboard, transparency or butcher paper.Ask students to identify the best type of
activity: low-energy or high-energy activities?Explain that one is not better than the other.Both types of activities can be done each
day. Low-energy activities include reading or doing homework. High-energy
activities include running, playing four square, and hopscotch.Doing high- and low-energy activities are
important because they provide a balance.
Explain that many of the activities that we do every day are
low-energy, so we need to make an effort to make sure that we do at least one
high-energy activity every day.Ask
students why they think it is important to do one high-energy activity every
day. List their responses on the chalkboard. Explain that doing high-energy
•Gives the heart a good workout
and makes it stronger.
•Makes muscles and bones stronger.
Strong muscles and bones will help us to grow
•Reduces stress and anxiety. Doing
a high-energy activity for 20 minutes relieves stress and can make us feel
•Improves the immune system which
makes us less likely to get sick.
•Increases a sense of calmness and
helps us sleep better at night.
•Makes us feel more energetic and
better able to concentrate on schoolwork.
The more you do high-energy activities, the better you will become at
them. Your whole body gets a workout and gets stronger when you do high-energy
activities. A healthy and strong body is able to do many activities well.
Ask the students for strategies for engaging in high-energy
activity.Ask them why it is important
to make sure that they do a high-energy activity every day. Ask them when, how
and which activities they could fit into their days. List their answers on the
chalkboard.Some strategies include the
•Do push-ups, crunches or sit-ups
•At recess, play a high-energy
game with your friends or play hard by yourself.
•During gym class, participate as
much as you can. Gym classes usually involve doing high-energy activities and
supervised weight lifting.
•Cut Screen Time to 30 minutes
every day. Screen time is any time you spend watching a screen--watching TV or
a movie, playing a video game or using the computer. Screen Time cuts into your
time to do a high-energy activity.
•Join a sports team. Your school
or community most likely has sports teams like soccer, football or
cheerleading. Ask your parents if you can join one.
•Take lessons in a high-energy
activity which you like. Dancing, swimming and martial arts are some examples.
If you do not know a high-energy activity that you like, try doing different
things until you find something you like.
•Do your chores at a fast pace.
You can make just about anything high-energy if you do it quickly and move
around a lot. Outside chores like raking the leaves and gardening are some
students brainstorm different activities that can be done during different
seasons or weather conditions.
Activity Extension:Complete the
Physical Activities in All Seasons Activity
(see Additional Resources).
Students will design a Weekend
Activity Book to identify how much time they’ve spent on specific activities
that include screen time, down time, school time, and active time.After they have completed their Weekend
Activity Books, students will create a Pie Chart of Weekend Activity that
further illustrates how they spent their time.