Health & Fitness Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Adrianne Baron

Adrianne has a master's degree in cancer biology and has taught high school and college biology.

Health and fitness are important to teach at an early stage in life in order to ensure a healthy lifestyle later. With the hep of this lesson plan, your students will read a text lesson about health and fitness before creating a health and fitness plan and taking a quiz.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what it means to live healthily
  • create a wellness plan for healthy living

Length

1.5 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Materials

Instruction

  • Start by asking your students what they think they will look like in 10 years. Allow them a minute to think about and answer your question, jotting down ideas in their notebooks. Have some students give their description out loud for the class.
  • Explain to your students that how they look in 10 years depends on how they take care of themselves from now through the next 10 years. Tell them that how they take care of themselves impacts how they look as well as how well their bodies will function and the type of work they will be able to do as an adult.
  • Pass the lesson out and tell them they can learn how to start taking care of themselves as they read the Health & Wellness: Lesson for Kids text lesson.
  • Read the 'Happy, Healthy Living' and 'Move Along' sections of the text lesson together by having students each read a paragraph.
    • What does it mean to you to be healthy?
    • Why is exercise important?
    • What types of activities do you enjoy that are exercise?
    • How often should you exercise?
  • Read through the 'All About Hydration' section together. Ask and discuss:
    • What are nutrients?
    • What nutrients do we get from fruits and vegetables?
    • What types of drinks should you not drink to remain healthy?
    • How much water should you drink in a day?
    • What does hydration mean?
  • Read through the 'Avoiding Illness and Disease' section of the text lesson together. Ask and discuss:
    • What is one of the simplest, yet best ways to stay healthy?
    • When should you wash your hands?
    • What are immunizations?
    • Why are immunizations important?
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' to your class and answer any outstanding questions students may have.

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