Building a Healthy Classroom Community
Extension Activity 1
We’re All Getting Fit Together
Overview: This activity extension merges fun physical-fitness/health messages for students with One World lesson themes of identity, community, and diversity.
- In this activity, students will come to understand how working together on individual goals of daily physical activity can help to build and strengthen their understanding of each other (i.e., build classroom community).
Curriculum Areas: Social studies, health
- 20 minutes to set up and explain the activity with students, including distribution of the “On the Move!" activity log reproducible (PDF)
- 20 minutes to set up a “We’re All Getting Fit Together” community board, where students can post their individual activity logs
- 2 minutes (per student): Updating the “We’re All Getting Fit Together” community board
Materials Needed: “On the Move!" activity log reproducible (PDF); chart paper/bulletin board to post student activity logs
Key Concepts: Identifying and enjoying 60 minutes of physical activity every day that you find fun can help you stay fit and healthy. When everyone in class works together toward the same goal, you contribute to building a community of fit and healthy students.
What You Will Do:
- Prior to this activity, you may want to conduct One World Lesson 1 and Lesson 2.
- Engage students in discussion: What types of physical activities do you like to do for fun? Record student responses on the board or chart paper. What do the different responses of students say about the ideas of identity and diversity that they’ve already learned about (Lesson 1)?
- Now discuss with students: Why is physical activity important, and what are its benefits? Record student ideas/answers on the board or chart paper. Inform students that by enjoying a total of 60 minutes of physical activity every day that you find fun, you can stay fit and healthy, and be ready to learn.
- What's your favorite sport? ("football" "basketball")
- Where were you born? ("Los Angeles" "Chicago")
- What's your favorite school subject? ("math" "reading")
- Ask students to think of ways throughout the day—before school, during school (recess), and after school—that they can do 60 minutes of fun activity. Explain to students that this can be 60 minutes all at once, or smaller intervals (e.g., 15 minutes of catch, 10 minutes of walking to school, 5 minutes of baton twirling, etc.).
- Now hand out the “On the Move!" activity log reproducible (PDF). Discuss with students how to fill out the sheet. Encourage kids to fill it out every day for one week. Refer back to student ideas in the previous step for examples of fun activities.
- Explain to students that after the end of one week, they will all be invited to post their activity logs on the “We’re All Getting Fit Together” community board.
- Check in with students a couple of times during the week to make sure that they are filling out their sheets and to see if anyone has any questions. Encourage students to discuss (as a community) anything they’ve learned, problems they’ve come across, tips, or advice that they can share with their classmates.
- After one week, invite students to post their activity logs to the community board. Encourage them to personalize their sheets with any additional tips or comments for other classmates to read.
- Discuss with students: What did you learn by doing the activity? What does it mean to be a part of the “We’re All Getting Fit Together” community? Remind students of the definition of community: “a group of people with a common interest, background, or purpose.”
A good way to generate student ideas on fun physical activities is to separate students into smaller groups, and have them play a toss game of catch while thinking of ideas. Students take turns tossing a ball or beanbag to other members of their circle. The only "catch" is that you have to give a suggestion of a physical activity before you toss the ball/beanbag. In another variation on this, which ties into Lesson 1 reproducible "Who Are You?" (PDF), the student tossing the ball/beanbag asks an "identity" question about another person, while the student receiving the ball/beanbag answers the question. These questions can be based on the "Who Are You?" reproducible-e.g.:
For additional health information for teachers and students in building a healthy classroom community:
www.choosemyplate.gov — United States Department of Agriculture. Information for teachers and students on healthy eating and physical activity.