PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: 5 Components of Health-Related Physical Fitness

Category: Fitness

Suggested Grade Level: 6-8

Materials: Cardboard, Construction Paper, Letter stickers, Boarders, Magazines, Printer


The purpose was to convey the importance of the five components of health-related fitness to middle school-aged students. Examples of everyday activities under each component make it easy for students to relate, and participate in during their summer vacation. Students' homework during this unit was to fill out their physical fitness testing scores and see what range they are in, in relation to other students their age. This assignment, along with helpful tips about goals are also reflected in the bulletin board. The "Eating Well" portion of the board informs students about how they should be eating, and what portions. Fitness facts are also listed as eye-openers for students eager to be active.

Below are some specifics about what was printed on the bulletin board:

5 Components of Health-Related Fitness

Cardiorespiratory Endurance: The ability of the body to perform prolonged, large-muscle, dynamic exercise at moderate-to-high levels of intensity:

• running, swimming, soccer

Muscular Endurance: The ability of the muscle to continue to perform without fatigue:

• kayaking, bicycling, dancing

Muscular Strength: The ability of the muscle to exert force during an activity.

• lifting weights, pull ups, push-ups

Flexibility: The range of motion around a joint:

• stretching, yoga

Body Composition: The relative amount of muscle, fat, bone, and other vital parts of the body.

• diet and/or physical activity dependent

Fun Fitness Facts!
1. If too much energy is put into the body, the body will become fat or out of balance.
2. The more muscle the body has, the faster it will burn calories.
3. When working out it’s important to follow the FITT (Frequency, Intensity, Time & Type) Principle.
4. You burn a certain number of calories just by breathing air and digesting food.
5. You would need to drink a quart of milk every day for three to four months to drink as much blood as your heart pumps in one hour.
6. Your heart is about the size of your fist and weighs about as much as a softball.
7. In the course of a lifetime, the resting heart will have pumped enough blood to fill 13 supertankers.
8. A person breathes 7 quarts of air every minute.
9. Tongue prints are as unique as fingerprints.
10. If the 300,000,000 tiny air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs could be laid out flat, they would cover a home swimming pool.

11. If all 600 muscles in your body pulled in one direction, you could lift 25 tons.

Eating Well

- Past and Present current Food Guide Pyramids/Plates
- A paper plate with magazine cut outs of healthy foods

Your Homework

- A copy of my host teacher’s fitness homework
- Goals should be . . .
S pecific
M easurable
A ttainable
R ealistic
T imely

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Submitted by Austin Dougherty who teaches at Seneca Middle School in Blue Point, NY. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 10/20/2012 7:44:21 PM. Viewed 10533 times since 10/1/2012.

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