A Fun and Active Game to Teach Health-Related Fitness Concepts

Teaching health-related fitness concepts can seem overwhelming, especially given that many of us only see our students once or twice a week. My time with my students is so valuable I try to make every second count. To do this I try to layer moderate to vigorous physical activity, motor skill practice and knowledge content. Instead of lecturing on knowledge content, I sneak learning into fun games. One of my student’s favorite games, does just this, it is the game Health-Related Fitness Tag. This activity is perfect for introducing the health-related fitness concept and/or formatively assessing your students’ ability to demonstrate each of the components. Here is how I introduce the game.

How to Play Health-Related Fitness Tag:

Each health-related fitness concept is posted on a colored sheet of paper around the gym.

Equipment:

Five to seven beanbags in the same color as the healthy-related fitness concept. For example, if you are introducing Cardiorespiratory Endurance, use yellow beanbags.

Rules:

The students with a yellow beanbag are “it”. When they tag someone, they drop the beanbag at their feet and are no longer “it”. The newly tagged person does the following:

  • Picks up the beanbag and takes it over to the yellow Cardiorespiratory Endurance sheet.
  • Reads the Health-Related Fitness Component definition.
  • Chooses and performs one of the listed activities.
  • Enters back in the game as an “it”.

Variations:

  • Vary locomotor skills (i.e. skipping, side slide, galloping, etc.)
  • Add additional concepts
  • Limit players who can be tagged; once a player has tagged a person they can’t tag that same person again
  • Print the cards with just the components listed, can your students identify the needed activity?
  • Adjust the number of beanbags to class size.

My 3rd, 4th and 5th graders love this fast-paced warm-up game. By the end of 5th grade, most of my students can identify the five health-related fitness concepts and an activity to improve each of them. How do you teach fitness concepts? Do you have a fun activity your students love that sneaks in lots of learning? Please share your ideas in the comment section below!

Lynn Burrows who is a dynamic presenter and elementary physical education teacher, is new to our Gopher Advisory Team. As SHAPE Colorado past president, and Central District Elementary Teacher of the Year 2015, Lynn is joining our team with a wide variety of experiences. Lynn also serves on the SHAPE America Physical Education Council and would love to hear from you. Connect with Lynn through her website at lovepe.me or connect with her directly on Twitter @lovepeme or Voxer at LynnBurrows.

Lynn Burrows who is a dynamic presenter and elementary physical education teacher, is new to our Gopher Advisory Team. As SHAPE Colorado past president, and Central District Elementary Teacher of the Year 2015, Lynn is joining our team with a wide variety of experiences. Lynn also serves on the SHAPE America Physical Education Council and would love to hear from you. Connect with Lynn through her website at lovepe.me or connect with her directly on Twitter @lovepeme or Voxer at LynnBurrows.

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