Move to The Beat

Objective

Objective
Learn how important daily physical activity is for maintaining health.
Key Teaching Messages
Daily physical activity improves lung capacity, bone density, muscle strength, brain function, heart strength, and blood vessels while also lowering stress levels and reducing the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
Being active every day is good for your body!
High-fat and high-calorie foods that do not have beneficial nutrients can increase a person’s body weight, increasing their risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes, and other conditions.
Performance Standards
NATIONAL PRE-K–2nd grade HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
Common Core Standards: Kindergarten-Second Grade
Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.4
Reading Literature:
Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7
NIH Health Messages
Children should engage in at least 60 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous activity each day.
Reduce sedentary activity.
Limit screen time to less than 2 hours daily.
In order to get 60 minutes of exercise daily, adults can often combine activities, like walking to the bus, cleaning house, or carrying groceries. But children often need direction to help them get enough activity each day. Create a daily movement chart and keep it in the classroom! Identify a Movement of the Day for each of the schooldays!
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Music & Movement
The Marching Song
Substitute any physical movement here that aligns with your goals. If you would like to focus on getting the heart rate up, try running or jumping; if balance is your focus, have the children hop.
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Music & Movement
The Jumping Song
Substitute any physical movement here that aligns with your goals. If you would like to focus on getting the heart rate up, try running or jumping; if balance is your focus, have the children hop.
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Music & Movement
The Hello Song
Ask children to share some of the songs they sing at home as part of their bedtime routines. You can also sing a variation of this song, substituting the words good night for hello.
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Music & Movement
The Clean-up Song
Just like a family meal, clean-up time is a family activity as well. In school, this song can be used with any lesson, and is a nice way to keep children moving through clean-up activities.
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Art
Heart Drums
Heart Drums
Heart Drums
Materials
  • Collage materials
  • Containers for drums: coffee cans, plastic containers, shoe boxes
  • Fabric squares
  • Glue sticks
  • Textured paper
Instructions
  1. Give each child a glue stick and a container.
  2. Make all art materials accessible to children.
  3. Encourage children to use the different collage materials to decorate container.
  4. Leave one end of the container open to give the drum a good sound.
  5. Set the drums aside to dry.
Alternate Project
Materials
Make Your Own Drum Kit
Kit includes:
  • Cardboard cylinder
  • Foam top
  • Ribbon
  • Strips of double sided tape
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Use the drums to make the sounds of a heartbeat, fast and slow to show how our heart rates can change. Explore songs that have a distinctive rhythm like I’ve Been Working on the Railroad and Bingo. Have the children march around the room with their drums; make a game out of the activity by going slow, fast, and freezing in place.
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Literacy
From Head to Toe
From Head to Toe
From Head to Toe
Overview
From Head to Toe, by Eric Carle, encourages children to move like the animals in the book while building body awareness.
Vocabulary
Action Words: turn, bend, raise, wave, clap, thump, arch, wriggle, bend, kick, stomp, wiggle
Animal Words: penguin, giraffe, buffalo, monkey, seal, gorilla, cat, crocodile, camel, donkey, elephant
Body Words: head, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, chest, back, hips, knees, legs, foot, toe
Alternate Books
Thump, Thump, Rat-a-Tat-Tat
by Gene Baer
The Animal Boogie
by Debbie Harter
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Read the book with the class as an interactive experience. Have the children do the movements as you read the words. Make sure each child has enough space. Yoga or other mats can be helpful.
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Did You Know?
 
Did you know that physical activity habits established in childhood may last a lifetime?
For young and old alike, physical activity is essential for maintaining health. Physical activity strengthens the bones, heart and other muscles!
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Activities
Play your favorite music and turn your living room into a dance party.
Take turns swinging and jumping with friends and family.
Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Leave your stroller at home and walk together!
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Recipes
Add fat-free or low-fat milk and apple slices to instant oatmeal for a filling, fiber-loaded, heart healthy breakfast.
Add slices of avocado to a turkey sandwich.
Have a cup of fresh fruit instead of a bag of potato chips.
For a healthy stir-fry, heat 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil in a pan, add chicken strips and cut up vegetables.
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Printables
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  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Marching Song

    Move to The Beat

  • Teaching Health Through

    Art

    Art

    Heart Drums

    Move to The Beat

  • Teaching Health Through

    Literacy

    Literacy

    From Head to Toe

    Move to The Beat

  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Jumping Song

    Move to The Beat

  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Hello Song

    Move to The Beat

  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Clean-up Song

    Move to The Beat

New Words
  • New Words

  • Beat
  • Fast
  • Hop
  • Move
  • Run
  • Slow

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    What literacy connections have you made with the Move to the Beat lessons?
    Susan Lim 1 months ago
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  • Our group read "Hilda Must Be Dancing" together -- it has lots of energetic movement phrases! We created egg maracas to follow our own rhythm.
    Jacklyn Chandler 1 months ago
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