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Home Sweet Home

Kathy Kelly


Students create and implement a schedule of activities designed to help their parents improve their physical conditions.


The student writes text, notes, outlines, comments, and observations that demonstrate comprehension of content and experiences from a variety of media.

The student speaks for various occasions, audiences, and purposes, including conversations, discussions, projects, and informational, persuasive, or technical presentations.

The student describes the principles of training and conditioning for specific physical activities.

The student knows how to use a journal to document the benefits of participation in physical activity as part of an individual wellness plan.

The student describes and applies the principles of training and conditioning for specific physical activities.

The student plans and participates in an individualized fitness program.

The student explores new ways to achieve activity goals in an individual wellness plan (e.g., walking, in addition to playing a team sport).

The student knows the ways in which exercising at home can assist in improving physical ability and performance.


-Log or journal
-Poster board
-Pens or markers
-Student copies of Poster Checklist


Prepare and photocopy Poster Checklist.


-Students understand how exercising at home can improve their overall fitness levels.
-Students maintain a journal to document the benefits of participation in physical activity and describe the principles of training and conditioning for specific physical activities.

Authentic Context:
You are a student whose parents or guardians are in poor physical condition. You would like your parents to play games and sports with you, but they are unable to keep up with you for any length of time. Develop a schedule of activities in which your parents can participate to improve their physical conditions. Include activities and exercises that they can easily do at home.

1. Introduce and discuss various fitness concepts:
cardiorespiratory endurance: the ability of the heart, blood vessels, blood, and respiratory system to deliver oxygen to the body and remove waste products
muscular strength: the ability of a muscle to contract repeatedly over time
FIT formula: F = frequency (exercise three times a week), I = intensity (50 - 80% of maximum heart rate), and T = time (at least 20 - 40 minutes of exercise)
aerobic: exercising with the presence of oxygen
anaerobic: exercising without enough oxygen
Karvonen Formula: Target Rate during exercise = 220 - age - resting heart rate (RHR) x workout rate (50 - 80 % of maximum heart rate) + RHR

2. Brainstorm with the whole class what activities can be done around the house to increase cardiovascular fitness, improve physical ability and performance; e.g., walking, vacuuming, mowing the lawn, treadmill, lifting weights.

3. Distribute and discuss the Poster Checklist.

4. Divide students into groups of four. Have each group develop a weekly schedule of activities that parents can do around the house to improve physical ability and performance.

5. Students from each group participate in the schedule of activities for four weeks. As much as possible, ask parents to participate along with their children.

6. Each student maintains a log. The log should contain descriptions and at least two benefits for each activity. Additionally, students include personal reflections about how they feel about the activities and how their family members are improving their physical ability and performance.

7. Activities must last for at least 20 minutes and be performed at least three times per week. If any interruptions occur, they must be recorded in the log.

8. At the end of four weeks, groups create a poster. See the Poster Checklist (see Assessment) for criteria.

9. Groups present their fitness program posters to the rest of the class and share their experiences.


Poster Checklist

all activities in which the group participated are depicted
the number of times and duration of the activity performed are listed
each activity is clearly and accurately described and illustrated
two benefits of each activity are correctly explained
comments regarding the appropriateness of the activity for improving fitness are included
suggestions on how to begin participation in the program are offered
poster clearly conveys appropriate message

illustrations, pictures, and graphics are neatly prepared
text is neatly written or typed
poster is appealing

Self Reflection:
Maintaining an exercise program at home is important for improving physical ability and performance because . . .


Use the posters in a school or community health fair.
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