Connecting Literacy to Physical Fitness and Sports????

Posted by Big Universe on May 5, 2012 1:25:30 AM

Did you know that one of the themes for the month of May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month?

I found this information on Thinkfinity:

Join the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and discover the benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle. Learn more as you explore these lessons, interactives, and resources from Thinkfinity and its Content Partners.

Exercise and Nutrition Resources
This collection of resources from ScienceNetLinks offers lessons, tools, and podcasts on these topics for all ages.
Science | Health | All Grades


Reading into Action
Discover how to turn an engaging story into a physical activity with ideas from this ArtsEdge tipsheet.
Reading | Physical Education | All Grades


What Is a Slam Dunk?
Trace the meaning of the phrase from its beginnings in basketball to its current use in other fields. Then test your athletic powers with physical activity followed by creative work on your sports vocabulary.
Science | Vocabulary | Grades PK-6


Health Photo Gallery
Consider the geographic implications of health and nutrition through these photographs that reflect how health and exercise are influenced by where people live, work, and play.
Primary Sources | Culture | Grades 3-12


Write "Moving" Sports Poetry
What verbs describe the movements of your favorite sports hero? Watch short videos of sports athletes in action and share what you observe in the form of sports poetry.
Writing | Grades 3-5


Got Broccoli?
Explore the connection between what you eat and the body's ability to grow and repair itself.
Science | Nutrition | Grades 3-5


MyPlate Food Guide
Investigate the USDA's MyPlate Food Guide to learn what foods provide the nutrients your body needs to be active and to maintain a healthy weight.
Science | Health | Grades 6-8


The Victor's Virtue: A Cultural History of Sports
Learn how sports, philosophy, and culture intersect through the Greek word arete. Examine Greek primary source texts to discover how this concept applies to current high school sports culture.
History | Literature | Grades 9-12


When looking through those resources, did you notice the ways that literacy was connected to sports and nutrition in each of them?

Think about the opportunities for reading, writing, research, creating, thinking, and reflecting explored in those resources ....

Now think about the ways you can use Big Universe Learning to explore some of those same areas as well as to complete some of the steps in the projects that go along with those resources ...

Students could using the Big Universe Learning Writing Tool to create books based on the information they find and/or think is interesting ...

Students could look at the large book collection on Big Universe Learning to find books related to physical fitness, nutrition, and sports ...

Think of the possibilities ....

Go explore and do ....

Topics: Classroom Ideas, Writing, Technology, Literacy

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