Healthy kids and the promotion of physical activity for students is a hot topic! This page offers a compilation of resources that may assist teachers in adopting classroom physical activity (listed alphabetically). At the bottom of the page are links to programming to increase physical activity across the school day. (Please also see our Materials page.)
Action for Healthy Kids
This site is dedicated to promoting health in children, primarily through school-based actions.
- Home: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org
- Direct link to downloadable “Fitness Breaks at School”: http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/storage/documents/parent-toolkit/fitnessbreaks6a.pdf
Active for Life
This site, while geared at parents, offers free activity ideas for children based on age (1-12 yrs) and skill sets. It is also a resource for physical activity in children.
Active Schools Acceleration Project
This links accesses a launch kit for CHALK/Just Move™ curriculum materials to engage students in physical activity at school.
- Launch Kit Home: http://www.activeschoolsasap.org/node/213
- Direct link to Just Move™ Start-up Guide with implementation tips: http://www.activeschoolsasap.org/files/u8/just-move-guide_final_08.20.13.pdf
- Direct link to Just Move™ Activity Cards: http://www.activeschoolsasap.org/files/u8/just_move_cards_final_08.13.13.pdf
Alliance for a Healthier Generation (Physical Activity in Schools)
This site promotes physical activity and shares guidance and resources for increasing physical activity opportunities at school. There is also an option to sign your school up for the Healthy Schools Program.
BAM! Body and Mind
This site offers information about various types of physical activity that students may wish to learn more about – what gear is needed, how to be safe, how to play, and fun facts for each activity. While these activities are not conducive to classroom physical activity, the cards may assist in the creation of an active culture and promote physical activity in students outside of school.
Building Better Brains Through Movement (Action Based Learning)
Jean Blaydes Madigan, founder of Action Based Learning, offers this PDF with foundational background and activity suggestions for classroom movement.
Classroom Physical Activity – Promoting Parent Engagement
This PDF, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can be shared with parents to promote support of classroom physical activity practices.
Energizing Brain Breaks
This site primarily seeks to sell the Energizing Brain Breaks books, but also offers information about classroom physical activity breaks and relevant links.
Designed to Move
“Designed to Move is a call-to-action supported by a community of public, private, and civil sector organizations dedicated to ending the growing epidemic of physical inactivity. The Designed to Move Report … provides a framework for getting kids active and re-integrating physical activity in to everyday life…”
- Home: http://www.designedtomove.org
- Direct link to Resource Library: http://www.designedtomove.org/resources
- Direct link to infographic: http://e13c7a4144957cea5013-f2f5ab26d5e83af3ea377013dd602911.r77.cf5.rackcdn.com/resources/pdf/en/infographic.pdf
5 Strategies for Recess Planning
This page, from the June 2017 National Association of Elementary School Principals, offers step-by-step suggestions for cultivating effective recess time for students.
By Nemours Center, the KidsHealth website offers information about health in children. Several pages are dedicated to classroom physical activity, and include suggestions and strategies for implementation, videos, discussion questions and student worksheets to facilitate increased knowledge on fitness benefits, and more.
- KidsHealth in the Classroom home: http://classroom.kidshealth.org
- Easy Elementary Exercises: http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/bfs-elementary-execises.html?ref=classroom
- Grades preK-2 Fitness: http://kidshealth.org/classroom/prekto2/personal/fitness/fitness.pdf
- Grades 3-5 Fitness: http://kidshealth.org/classroom/3to5/personal/fitness/fitness.pdf
- Boost Grades, Improve Behavior: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/elementary-exercises.html
- NBA FIT: http://kidshealth.org/classroom/prekto2/personal/fitness/nba_fit_classroom_color.pdf
The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement
This link access a handout that addresses the principles of the brain in relation to movement and learning.
Learning on the Move
This website, created by physical educator Liz Giles-Brown, shares a similar mission with Classrooms in Motion™ – offering information and resources for active learning – broken down into brain basics, learning to move, and moving to learn categories.
Let’s Move! Active Schools
The LMAS program is a subcomponent of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The site features information, resources, and materials for increasing physical activity at school.
- Interactive infographic: http://www.letsmoveschools.org/resources-grants
Let’s Move Blog
This blog offers blurbs from athletes and key personnel from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain
The authors of this article, who developed a Brain-Based Teaching degree, share strategies for incorporating movement and activity into the classroom as brain-based learning.
Physical Activity for Children
This site offers information about physical activity for youth and provides suggestions for parents and communities to support physical activity.
Stand Up Kids
In partnership with Let’s Move! Active Schools, this site shares interesting data on sitting vs. standing, as well as interactive data on outcomes associated with sedentary behavior, such as sitting. Also included within the site is a “Tools” page that offers movement break videos to decrease sitting time in the classroom.
Strategies for Recess in Schools
“Recess helps students to achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity that can improve strength and endurance; enhance academic achievement; and increase self-esteem for children and adolescents. …new guidance documents that provide schools with 19 evidence-based strategies for recess, as well as a planning guide and template to help develop a written recess plan that integrates these strategies.”
These two pages from the TeachHub site offer tips and suggestions for incorporating movement into the classroom.
- http://www.teachhub.com/top-12-classroom-fitness-activities (by Annie Condron)
- http://www.teachhub.com/use-fitness-breaks-keep-your-students-alert (by Dick Moss)
Think Outside the Sandbox: Creative Ways to Keep Kids Active
This site, which was actually put together by a playground equipment company, offers quick suggestions on how to increase physical activity among children along with a list of resources links to other helpful sites.
Using Brain Breaks to Restore Students’ Focus
Filed on Edutopia’s website under ‘brain-based learning’, this article provides the reader an opportunity to “learn about the science and classroom applicability of these quick learning activities.”
Programming to Increase Activity
100 Mile Club
The 100 Mile Club a free program that encourages students to run incremental distances to reach the 100 mile goal across the academic school year. Incentives, including t-shirts, certificates, and pencils, are available for a fee.
Billion Mile Race
Sponsored by the New Balance Foundation, this challenge tracks miles run and awards schools with free rewards for adding miles to the database. This challenge also partners with the 100 Mile Club.
BOKS (Build Our Kids’ Success) is a free program, sponsored by Reebok, that is lead by volunteer parents before school. Check out all of the program information and how to start a program at your school!
Marathon Kids, now partnered with Nike, invites schools to start running clubs to get students active.