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Health and Physical Education Resources: Lesson Plan Resources

Resources that can be helpful for teaching Health and Physical Education , grades K-12.

Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

BAM! Body and Mind
The site sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention helps children ages 9-13, learn about their bodies, nutrition, diseases and other cool health related topics. In the teacher's corner, the site provides interactive, educational, and fun activities that are linked to the national education standards for science and health.
Grades: 4 - 8
Introduction to Choose MYPLATE, the newest approach to nutrition developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Multimedia section provides images and other resource materials for teaching MyPlate. Extensive information availabel about Food Groups,etc.
Grades: PreK - 12
Eat Right
Developed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics this website includes links to articles, and other resources (BMI calculator, handouts) about nutrition. Its companion site, Kids Eat Right, focuses on nutrition information for infants through teens.
Grades: PreK - 12
Educator Toolkit: Social Emotional Learning
Common Sense Media evaluates and curates resources on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). The resources include apps, games, websites, articles,teaching tips and lesson plans to help support students learning in SEL.
Grades: K - 12
Exploratorium Sport Science
This site created by the Exploratorium Museum in San Francisco, CA helps students not only learn about a specific sport (baseball, cycling, surfing, etc), but teaches them the science behind each one. You can even try some of the experiments with your students, such as the "Thrown for a Curve".
Grades: 6 - 12
Food Timeline
Links to ancient recipes, descriptions of ancient foods, and explanations of the development of various popular food items are listed and linked to further information in this timeline that covers from 17,000 BC to the present.
Grades: 3 - 12
Nutrition Education Materials
The Food and Nutrition Information Center of the USDA provides links to Curricula & Lesson Plans, Nutrition Education Materials, and Reports and Studies from a wide variety of sources.
Grades: PreK - 12
PE Central
Created by Dr. George Graham of Virginia Tech's Health and Physical Education Program to provide information and resources for PreK-12 physical educators. Included are lesson ideas,sample bulletin boards, assessments, videos and links to related websites.
Grades: PreK - 12
Playworks is a non-profit organization who key purpose is to engage students in the benefits of recess/gym where they can build their social and emotional skills. Under the resources tab, explore hundreds of games by group size, available space and equipment, appropriate ages, and developmental skills. Their main purpose is to include everyone and keep kids moving.
Grades: K - 6
Presidential Youth Fitness Program
The National Fitness Foundation helps schools achieve excellence in physical education through quality fitness education and assessment practices. There is a physical educator guide in PDF format that tells you how to get started, motivate your students and assess their fitness needs. The resource library section provides a wealth of information and resources to help teachers with ideas, activities and assessments for their students to engage in.
Grades: K - 12

Bibliographies and Research Guides

Food and Nutrition Book List
A selection of resources available in the Curriculum Materials Center to help teach K-12 students about the foods they eat and how it might affect their bodies.
Grades: K - 12
Health & Physical Education Resources
A selected list of resources for teaching health and physical education from preschool to grade 12.
Grades: PreK - 12
LGBT Books
A selected list of books and resources available in the Curriculum Materials Center of the David and Lorraine Cheng Library about lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender children, teens and parents.
Grades: K - 12