PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: Exercise the Heart

Category: Fitness

Suggested Grade Level: All

Materials: Letters, graphics of various activities, and "get active" signs


"Do your part to exercise the heart"

I created this bulletin board to create an atmosphere where the students would be more motivated to get active. At the beginning of our year we talk about our rules of Physical Education. One of our rules is "Be the best you can be". When I talk about this rule I explain how being an active participant is very important for your body (especially the heart). I go into details of how the heart does not get a chance to stop, EVER. During this time I have the students open and close their hand continuously. I have them speed up their opening and closing to represent the heart during exercise and then slow down to represent the heart during rest. During this time you can see the student's hands are becoming tired and then I have them stop suddenly. I then go into details of what happens if the heart does stop. With that eye opening fact I tell the students that the only person who can take care of their heart is them (other than a doctor who may help if there is a problem). So it is their job to take care of their heart by getting active to get the heart stronger.

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Around the bulletin board I put additional activities that did not fit on the bulletin board itself. I also made neon (as bright as possible) signs that say "get active" that went around the bulletin board. The scraps of paper left over from cutting the signs I place all around to make the space more motivating.

Exercise the Heart Image

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Submitted by Bridget Vesel-Johnson who teaches at Esko Winterquist Elementary School in Esko, MN. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 9/14/2008 10:48:42 AM. Viewed 12345 times since 9/5/2008.

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