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Teacher: Lynn Dodd who teaches at Brooke HS in Wellsburg, WV. Lynn Dodd can be contacted at

Name of Best Practice: Fitness Center Field Trip

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To take high school students to a local fitness center where they will have the opportunity to utilize the various equipment and to learn about the components of fitness, and the testing of those components.

Suggested Grade Level: 9-12

Materials Needed: Bus or vans and drivers. Juice and muffins for the trip and a sports drink after the students work out.

Fitness Center Field Trip

At Brooke High School in Wellsburg, West Virginia the fitness center field trip begins with physical education teacher Lynn Dodd making arrangements with the local fitness center. Parental permission slips are required for all students attending the trip.

Once at the center one of the fitness instructors presents a lecture and demonstration on the components of fitness. At the conclusion of the lecture students are taken on a tour of the facilities and are given basic instructions on the various equipment. For the following two hours, students lift weights (free and machines), utilize the cardiovascular machines, swim in the pool, play basketball, or jog on the indoor track.

Back at school students are taken to the writing lab, where the lab instructor teaches the students how to write a thank you letter. Letters are written to the lecturer, fitness administrator, board of education, and the bus driver. The letters are all sent to the respective parties.

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Posted on PEC: 10/2/2001 and has received 173 votes.

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