Physical Education & Health

Index - PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH - Learning Activities
(Physical Education, Health, Fitness, Outdoor Recreation) 


LESSON PLANS are full format, formal Lesson Plans.  Others are brief format Learning Activities.

Curriculum Standards are in process of being added to ALL ACTIVITIES - by early July.

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Main Subject Area
Related Subject Areas
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Local opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation
physical education and health
social studies, geography; language arts, writing, video
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Plan a local outdoor recreation activity
physical education and health

3
Innovative sports for your community
physical education and health
social studies, economics
4
Health benefits of a community garden
physical education and health
social studies, psychology; social studies, government; language arts, writing
5
Opportunities for outdoor fitness while experiencing nature
physical education and health
social science, geography
6
Connection between exposure to nature and children’s health
physical education and health
family and consumer science, family studies, child development; language arts, reading, writing
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Local recreation commission/center
physical education and health
mathematics; business, accounting; social studies, government
8
Hiking on Flint Hills Nature Trail
physical education and health

social studies, geography, government
9
Opportunities for distance walking and natural area hiking
physical education and health
social studies, geography, government
10
Local health care services
physical education and health
social studies, government, economics
11
Interpret a quotation about Children in Nature and Outdoor Education
physical education and health
family and consumer science; language arts, reading, writing
12
Outdoor camps and conference centers in the Flint Hills - Camp Wood and Rock Springs
Physical education and health
Business; careers and technology; family and consumer science

Flint Hills Learning Activities to Integrate Flint Hills Into Existing Curriculum


PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH


(Physical Education, Health, Fitness, Outdoor Recreation)

See also in Teaching Resources section of this website: Place-Based Education Resources

1. Local Opportunities for Indoor & Outdoor Recreation


Students will inventory
local opportunities for indoor and outdoor recreation to sustain lifetime fitness. Students will create a map of health and fitness opportunities. Students will create a video promoting local opportunities for health and fitness. (physical education and health, social studies, geography; language arts, writing, video)

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2. Plan a Local Outdoor Recreation Activity


Students will
plan a local outdoor recreation activity for community residents utilizing local geographic resources to maximize health and fitness. See an example at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve hiking for health program: http://www.nps.gov/tapr/planyourvisit/Rx-Hiking.htm

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3. Innovative Sports for Their Community


Students will research the potential of
new innovative sports for their community. What popular recreational activities are not yet being utilized in your community? What could be done to facilitate these new popular sports? What facilities are needed? How much would they cost? Where should they be? What are the public health benefits of these sports? How could they benefit different age levels? Whom could you approach to sponsor these activities? (physical education and health, social studies, economics)

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4. Health Benefits of a Community Garden


Students will research the health benefits of a community garden. In what ways could participation in a community garden improve the physical health of local citizens? Students will identify the benefits of improved nutrition, increased physical exercise, and improved mental health from growing your own food together with others. Students will write a proposal to present to the city government to allow use of an area of public land for growing a community garden (physical education and health, social studies, psychology, social studies, government, language arts, writing)

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5. Opportunities for Outdoor Fitness While Experiencing Nature


Students will explore the opportunities for outdoor fitness while experiencing nature in the Flint Hills. Where in your area are outdoor experiences in nature available for families? What places have hiking trails? Students will create a chart listing natural outdoor places to go for hiking and exercise within (1) walking distance, (2) a 30-minute drive, or (3) a 1-hour drive. (physical education and health, social science, geography)

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6. Connection Between Exposure to Nature & Children&Rsquo;S Health


Students will explore the connection between exposure to nature and children’s health. What is the current state of children’s health? What diseases result from lack of exercise? What role does unstructured outdoor play have in children’s health? What are the physical health benefits of play in the natural environment? What is “green exercise”? What are the benefits to the child: academically, physically, socially, etc.? Students will study the Fact Sheet: Children’s Health and Nature and outline five ways that outdoor exercise and play are important to children’s physical and mental health. Students will prepare a public service announcement video advising new parents to raise their children with many experiences outdoors in nature. Students will write a brochure advising local parents of opportunities for green play and exercise in their community and area. (physical education and health, family and consumer science, family studies, child development; language arts, writing)

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7. Local Recreation Commission/Center


Students will investigate creating or upgrading a local recreation commission/center. Students will brainstorm and design the ideal program for their local recreation program. What activities should be included? What opportunities exist in your area for children to have free play outdoors in natural areas such as parks? What additional land, equipment and facilities are needed? What will they cost? What income can the recreation center generate on its own? What noneconomic benefits will the center bring the community? Will it need tax revenue - if so, how much? What activities are most needed or beneficial? Which can the program probably afford? Students decide on critical programs and create a realistic budget. (physical education and health, mathematics, business, accounting, social studies, government)

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8. Flint Hills Nature Trail


Students will explore the creation and features of the Flint Hills Nature Trail. What are the benefits of a public hiking trail? What does it take to create a hiking trail for the public? How and by whom was this trail created? How long has this project been going? Who owns the trail? Who maintains the trail? How do they promote use of the trail? What are the historic and natural features along the trail? Students will create an outline description of the Flint Hills Nature Trail. (physical education and health, social studies, geography)

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9. Opportunities for Distance Walking & Natural Area Hiking


Students will investigate the opportunities for distance walking and natural area hiking in their communities. Where can someone in your community go for a long walk in a natural area? What are the closest nearby public access areas with substantial walking opportunities (i.e. at least ½ mile and up). Is there any potential for your community to create a “walking trail”? Could parks and public natural areas be linked together? Students will plan and create a proposal for a public walking trail in the community to present to the city council (physical education and health, social studies, geography, government)

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10. Local Health Care Services


Students will inventory available local health care services in the area. What needs are covered and which are not? What distances must residents drive to acquire different types of health care? What is the impact of this on health in the community? What is the impact on local institutions such as schools, emergency service providers, etc.? What local, state, and federal policies might assist local health care providers? (physical education and health, social studies, government, economics)

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11. Interpret a Quotation About Children in Nature & Outdoor Education


Students will interpret a quotation about Children in Nature and Outdoor Education. Explore the quotations section in this website’s Flint Hills Information Resources on: Children in Nature and Outdoor Education. What is your favorite quote? Why do you think it is true? Why do you think the author wrote it? Have you experienced this personally? What does it mean to you? Write a personal response paragraph interpreting the main point of the quotation. (physical education and health, family and consumer science, language arts, reading, writing)

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12. Outdoor Camps & Conference Centers in the Flint Hills: Camp Wood & Rock Springs


Students will explore opportunities for public health and outdoor recreation at 2 major outdoor camps and conference centers in the Flint Hills: Camp Wood and Rock Springs. Answer the following questions for each of these facilities: Where is it located? How large is it? When was the camp started? By whom? How has it changed over the years? What is its current mission? Who owns and administers the camp? What programs do they offer? What do they do with children in the summer? What do they offer for families? What do they offer for other groups? How are they used year-round? Why is this important? What are their budgets? How are they supported? What facilities do they offer? What would be the maintenance costs for this many buildings and facilities? How many people do they serve? What safety and liability issues do they face? Do they have education programs? How many people work there and what type of jobs do they have? What are the challenges of operating a facility like this? How important to their success do you think their location in scenic areas of the Flint Hills has been? Students will write a comparison and contrast essay about these two camps, telling how they are alike and different, and why they have been successful. (physical education and health, business, careers and technology, family and consumer science)

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