Physical Fitness Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Explore physical fitness with students using this lesson plan. Students learn what physical fitness is and what factors affect it, then use the new information to create a personal fitness plan.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain aspects of physical fitness
  • list and define factors that impact physical fitness
  • create a physical fitness personal plan

Length:

  • 1-2 hours

Key Vocabulary

  • Physical fitness
  • Cardiorespiratory endurance
  • Muscle strength
  • Muscle endurance
  • Anaerobic exercise
  • Flexibility
  • Body composition

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

Instructions

  • Engage students with topic by asking them what the term 'fitness' means. Share answers with a partner, then discuss as a class.
  • Tell students they will be learning about what physical fitness actually is and how they can stay physically healthy.
  • Start the first video lesson What is Physical Fitness? - Definition & Importance.
  • Pause at 1:10 and define the term 'physical fitness' on the board. Create space to write the five components of physical fitness, then restart the video.
  • Pause after each section and record definitions and examples. Discuss with students, asking how much of each they have in their lives and what they find challenging or fun.
  • Play the Lesson Summary to review facts.
  • Now shift gears to factors that impact physical fitness. Begin the video lesson Factors Affecting Physical Fitness & Performance.
  • Divide students into five groups as follows:
  1. Injury
  2. Lack of physical activity
  3. Poor diet
  4. Poor sleep
  5. Dehydration

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