Extension:  Physical Activity in All Seasons

 

Physical Activity in All Seasons Activity

Materials:

•At least four large sheets of butcher paper

•Pencils, markers, or crayons

•Masking tape

 

Preparation:

Create posters that have each season written at the top.  In parentheses, write the weather condition that is specifically associated with the respective season.  For example, if winter was the season, snow would be written in parentheses.  Place the butcher paper posters and writing utensils around the room.

 

Directions:

1.      Remind students that it is important to do a high-energy activity each day to improve cardiovascular health and strengthen muscles. Explain to students that weather conditions do not have to be perfect for them to be physically active. Students can be active indoors when it is cold, raining, snowing, or very hot outside.  Some activities can be done when it is cold or snowy and others are accomplished best in hot weather during the spring or summer.

 

2.      Divide students into groups and send each group to a poster station.

 

3.      Give the groups 2-3 minutes to brainstorm fun activities and write the activities in each category.  Allow students to write both high-energy and low-energy activities.

 

4.      After 2-3 minutes, rotate the groups to give each group an opportunity to write an activity in each category.  After each group has identified an activity for each category, post the results in front of the class.

 

5.      Go through each “fun activity” written on the posters, and have the students determine if each activity is high-energy or low-energy.

 

6.      Begin discussion with students using the following questions.  Are there high-energy and low-energy activities in each category?  Are some activities listed in more than one category? Can some activities be done during more than one season (or weather condition)?  Are there some activities which can only be done during one season?  Are high-energy activities only sports or exercises, like sit-ups?

 

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