The Second Semester of Physical Fitness for the SY 2017/2018 consists of an 18 week physical education study. The First Semester of Physical Fitness consists of an 18 week health education study. Thus both semesters make a year’s study of Physical Fitness.
We are using the book Health, Hygiene, and Nutrition for Grades 3-4 by Frank Schaffer Publications along with various videos, activities, and projects for the health education semester.
Please note that I developed this course for my children who are in grades 4, 3, and kindergarten. For my kindergartener, I change all written assignments into oral narrative responses.
Week #1: What is Physical Fitness? Watch this video about the five components of physical fitness and this video on the same topic. Answer the following questions: (1) What are the five components of physical fitness? and (2) What are the skill components of physical fitness? You will take a physical fitness assessment today consisting of: (1) a timed sprint, (2) a lifting assessment, (3) sit and reach flexibility assessment, (4) how many sit-ups can you complete. Record your results in your health journal. Look at this physical activity pyramid. Discuss the pyramid. Print a copy out for your health journal.
Week #2: Tracking Your Physical Activity. Look up the definition of physical activity. Read this article about physical activity. Write the definition of physical activity in your health journal. Watch and do the flexibility yoga on this video. (If your family does not approve of yoga, you can substitute this stretching video.) Complete page 75 of your work text. Purchase a pedometer and track your steps daily in your health journal because at the end of the semester we will prepare a graph. You can use the 2017_2018 Physical Activity Log to track your steps. Also, you can track your daily physical activity on this calendar.
Week #3: What is Your Target Heart Rate? Watch this video on how to feel your heart working, watch this video on how to determine your target heart rate, and this video on how to take your heart rate. (We have a pulse oximeter at our home, so we use that device to take the pulse rate.) Calculate your target heart rate and record it in your health journal or complete work text complete page 77. Continue to track your daily physical activity and steps in your health journal.
Week #4: Flexibility Test. Place a yard stick beside you and measure the distance of five stretches and record the inches in your health journal or complete page 78 of the work text. Continue to track your daily physical activity and steps in your health journal.
Week #5: Strength Test. We will test your upper, middle, and lower body strength. The test includes the following activities: (1) How many push ups can you complete?, (2) How many sit ups can you complete?, and (3) How long can you stay in a position like you are sitting on a chair with your back against the wall? Record your results on page 79 of the work text or in your health journal. If you are using your work text, what are your ratings? Are you considered to be high, average, below or low fitness level? Continue to track your daily physical activity and steps in your health journal.
Weeks #6: What is Blood Pressure? Watch this video about blood pressure and hypertension. Answer these questions: What is the name of the machine used to take your blood pressure?, (2) What is hypertension?, and (3) What are the parts of your blood pressure reading? Take your blood pressure. (We have a blood pressure machine at home. If you don’t have one, you can take your blood pressure on a machine at a pharmacy, grocery store, and even Walmart.) Record your blood pressure in your health journal. Complete an exercise video. Continue to track your daily physical activity and steps in your health journal.
Weeks #7-13: Tracking Physical Activity. There are many workout videos available online. Choose one for to complete each week. Continue to track your steps and record your physical activity.
Week #14-15: Preparing the End of Semester Report. Begin to work on entering your steps into a spreadsheet program like Excel. Choose a workout video to complete. Continue to track your steps and record your physical activity.
Week #17: Creating the Graph for the End of Semester Report. Create a graph (bar or line graph) in Excel of your steps for this semester. Write an essay of what you have learned this Semester and insert the graph into your essay. Continue to track your steps and record your physical activity.
Week #18: Physical Fitness Final Assessment. Complete page 86 of the work text. Retake the physical fitness assessment from Week #1 consisting of: (1) a timed sprint, (2) a lifting assessment, (3) sit and reach flexibility assessment, (4) how many sit-ups can you complete. Record your results in your health journal. Prepare a graph to compare your results with your Week #1 results in Excel. Was there improvement? Include these graph in your end of semester essay.