Megan McCoy, Julia Noland, Molly Gabrielson

Kansas State Health Standard #6

The student will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting and decision making skills to enhance health.

Fun Facts

-School aged children spend half of their waking hours at school, making schools a prime location to increase physical activity among children.

-More than 12 million young people, almost 17% of children and teens are obese.

-In 2011, 29% of high school students surveyed had participated in at least 60 minutes per day of physical activity on all 7 days before the survey, and only 31% attended physical education class daily.

-The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that young people aged 6–17 years participate in at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily.

Warhawk Matt Scott in Nike 'No Excuses' Commercial

Setting Goals

-Don't give excuses i.e. "I'm tired, I'm too busy, I'm bloated"

-Tell yourself that everyday you are going to go walk for 60 minutes, jump on a trampoline for 30 minutes or even ride a bike!

-Grab a friend and keep each other motivated. It is always easier to give up when no one is watching.

-Have a reward after you complete so many work-outs or do physical activity.

ex. After every workout, put a dollar in a jar and after 50 work outs, that is 50 dollars you can use!

Human Knot


1. The students will practice cooperative learning skills.
2. The students will find a solution to the group’s “knot”.


1) Ask a group of 6 or more people (even numbers works best) to form a circle. Each person should hold out their right hand and grab the right hand of the person cross from them as though the two were shaking hands.

2) Then each person should hold hands (left hands) with a person standing next to them. Each person should be holding hands with two different people.

Goal of the Game:

The goal of this warm up is for the students to untangle themselves from their situation so that a human circle is formed.


-The physical hand to hand contact that you have with your partner cannot be broken in order to facilitate an "unwinding movement". Sometimes the people in the final circle will end up facing alternating directions. This is OK.

-If the group has been struggling with a knot for a long time, offer "Knot First Aid." Let the students decide amongst the group, which grip needs first aid. This pair of hands may then be temporarily undone and re-gripped in order to help the group.