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Name of Activity:
Purpose of Activity:The purpose of this activity is to provide an understanding of the relationship between calories in (snacks) and calories out (exercise).
Prerequisites:Proper instruction on the technique of exercises chosen for your "Snack Attack"
Suggested Grade Level:6-8
Materials Needed:Snack wrappers with exercise sheets attached with the calorie equivalent of exercises for the amount of calories in the snack. Exercise equipment such as step boxes, agility ladders, jump ropes, sit up mats, medicine balls, weight bars etc.
Description of Idea
Before beginning the activity discuss with the students about calories in vs. calories out relationship and gaining weight. Then discuss how much exercise is equivalent to a number of calories within a snack.
When you are finished with the discussion, describe the "Snack Attack" activity to the students. In a box place a variety of snack wrappers with workouts attached that reflect the caloric value of that snack. Utilize a variety of exercises such as jump rope, jumping jacks, box step ups, weight bar exercises, medicine ball exercises, push ups, and sit ups. Have the students partner up with someone else in the class and choose a snack and proceed with the workout. Once one "Snack Attack" has been completed collect the snack wrapper and workout, then choose a new snack and continue.
Begin with low calorie snack workouts one day and challenge the students to complete higher calorie snack workouts the next time you use "Snack Attack"
I used common snacks that the students eat via the vending machines or at lunch at our school. Using snacks that are eaten every day made the lesson more significant to my students.