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Name of Activity:
Healthy Heart Scooters
Purpose of Activity:Students will learn what will and will not keep their heart healthy while doing an activity to increase heart health.
Prerequisites:Students need to know how to ride safely on a scooter.
Suggested Grade Level:K-2
Materials Needed:Scooters, Cones, Poly-spots, big picture of a heart, big picture of a trash can, about 50-100 small papers with pictures of things that are healthy and not healthy for the heart (fruit, vegetables, candy, ice cream, smoking, etc)
Description of Idea
I usually do this lesson around Valentine's Day since it is about our heart and keeping it healthy. I start off by showing the students a picture of a heart. I tell them that this is what their heart really looks like. I include that their heart is about the size of their fist. They all hold up their fists and we pump our fists the way a heart beats. Next we talk about how important the heart is and that it brings nutrients and oxygen to the rest of the body. I talk about how the blood flows out of the heart through the body and back. The kids think this is really cool.
Next, I say, "Now think to yourselves about some things that would be good for our hearts." I allow them to think for a few seconds and then I ask for a few students to share their answers. (e.g., eat fruit, veggies, get enough sleep, have good friends, run, walk the dog, exercise, PE, etc.) I repeat the same steps again but pertaining to things that are not healthy for our hearts. This time though, before I ask for them to answer, I draw a picture of a vein on the board. I show how blood moves through our veins and tell the students that sometimes, when we do too many things that aren't healthy, little blocks start to form in our veins. As they share their unhealthy answers (smoking, being a lazy couch potato, eating candy, ice cream, not exercising, watching too much tv, being mean to people), I draw a little block in the vein until it is completely blocked off. I then ask the students if any blood can get through if it is blocked. I tell them that blood clots probably won't happen now when they are young, but if they learn to make healthy choices now, we will never have to worry about getting a heart attack. We then talk about heart attacks.
I then explain the game to the students. Before class, I tape a picture of a heart, and a picture of a trash can up on the wall. Between the two pictures, there should be a basket full of small pictures of things that are healthy/not healthy for the heart. I also set up poly spots and cones (enough for 1 per every 2 students) across the gym from each other. With their partner, students will line up on a poly-spot facing the opposing cone (the heart and trash can pictures should be taped on the wall behind the cones). Each pair will also have one scooter. On the teacher's cue (I start music) one student will sit on the scooter (with both hands on the handles and feet crossed) while the other partner guides them to the cone. The student who was sitting on the scooter will pick out of the basket, decide if it is healthy (put under the heart) or not healthy (put it under the trash can). When they have finished their partner will push them back to the other side. They will then switch roles.
Instead of having students competing against each other. I have the class compete against itself. I have the students play a few times to see if they can get more each time. They love it!
At the end of the lesson, I hand each student a piece of paper and crayons. On one side, they draw something (or multiple things) that are healthy for their heart and on the other side they draw things that are not healthy. When all of their papers are turned in, I turn it into a bulletin board in my room entitled: We Have Healthy Heart's!