Being Active: A Read4Health Lesson Plan

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Content Area(s):  
Grade Level(s):  
Grade Level Expectations:  
Comprehensive Health and Physical Education › First Grade › Demonstrate health enhancing behaviors to prevent unintentional injury or illness
Reading, Writing, and Communicating › First Grade › Verbal and nonverbal language is used to express and receive information
Reading, Writing, and Communicating › First Grade › Comprehending and fluently reading a variety of informational texts are the beginning traits of readers
Reading, Writing, and Communicating › First Grade › A variety of resources leads to locating information and answering questions of interest
Lesson Plan Details
1 week, 45 minute class periods
Essential Question: 

Why do we go to PE?  Does PE help us? How?

What does physical activity mean?  Give some examples.

Do you think exercising can make you happy?

How else can exercise benefit you?

Learning Objectives/Student Outcomes: 

Students will Understand:

  • The importance of being physically active.
  • How to gather facts from written and oral language.

Students will Know...

  • Each person should be physically active for 60 minutes every day.
  • There are many ways to be physically active
  • There are many ways to learn facts.

Students will be able to:

  • Identify multiple examples of physical activity and why it is important.
  • Identify and gather facts and will represent their learning in pictures and digitally.
Key Topics: 

How physical activity correlates to healthy living


Gathering facts from informational text





Books related to this lesson plan:

Being Active by Mari C. Schuh

Exercise by Liz Gogerly

Exercise by Sharon Gordon


Magazines, newspaper, pictures from the Internet representing examples of physical activity.

Large pieces of butcher paper - one per pair.

Scissors for each student

Graphic organizer for note taking

Print out of  "Why Exercise is Cool" from website if not able to access it via the Internet. (Also available in Spanish and read out loud)


Microsoft Office, Google Apps or other data processing program if available.

Paper for final writing piece if not using digital processing. access code - 0736853685


Learning Experiences and Activities: 

In this lesson, the teacher will...

Read specified materials to the class as a whole group and will engage the students in discussions about the importance of physical activity and examples there of.

Provide students with the graphic organizer and explanation of how to use it.  During read aloud, give students the opportunity to add to it.

Provide students with the printed article or online access to "Why Exercise is Cool".

Allow students to pick or assign partners for the final project.

Provide class time for students to locate, cut out, and glue on pictures for collage.

Schedule time to use computers for digital project or allow for class time to complete written project.

Schedule class time for pairs to present projects to the class.



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Final Project Requirements

  • 10 examples of physical activity.
  • 5 reasons why physical activity is beneficial - taken from materials read out loud or from website article.
  • Facts are represented in gramatically correct sentences and are in the students' own words.
  • Participation from both partners in all aspects of the project.

Teacher can observe/check for participation from both parties during work on the project.

Group discussion particpation.

Colorado 21st Century Skills
Critical Thinking and Reasoning: 
C. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions
Information Literacy: 
B. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
D. Process data and report results
E. Understand and use technology systems
A. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
B. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
D. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems
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