Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Study of Student Exercise Habits
Study of student exercise habits

Science Background

In the previous activity on school nutrition, we mentioned the relationship between nutrition and exercise. Just as students often learn about the digestive system in science class without making connections to the importance of nutrition, students likewise learn about the respiratory and circulatory systems without making connections to the importance of regular exercise for our long-term health and well-being. While there has been more of an emphasis on the importance of exercise in our schools than on the importance of good nutrition, there is still not enough done in most schools to promote physical fitness. For example, the trend to remove recess from elementary schools in order to increase academic instruction has occurred in many ...

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