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ABC for Fitness

Teacher Training Program

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Teacher Training Session
What Role Can Schools Play?
Promote healthy lifestyles by addressing:
Nutrition knowledge
Food choices
Physical activity

Show children and parents how to navigate:
Modern food environment
Current physical activity environment
We Can Help Make a Difference
By modeling and promoting healthy lifestyles
Physically active children are more likely to remain active throughout adulthood
What Can We Expect as a Result...
of Offering Physical Activity in the School Setting?
What is ABC for Fitness?
ABC = Activity Bursts in the Classroom

A fun, simple program for elementary school age children that was designed with the help of educators, a PE consultant, and a PE teacher

Integrates short bouts of physical activity into the school day

Can add up to 30 additional minutes of daily physical activity
The ABC for Fitness Teacher Manual is Available Free of Charge
Can be download from:
Provide a fun, simple, engaging, no-cost, effective program for classroom activity
Promote health and fitness
Help prevent childhood obesity and related health conditions
Enhance concentration and behavior
Help optimize academic performance in the classroom
Will This Program Take Away from Classroom Learning Time?
It converts time spent getting students to settle down into structured physical activity

School-based physical activity has not been found to compromise academic performance or standardized test scores
Is It Meant to Replace Physical Education Classes?
ABC for Fitness should supplement PE classes, not replace them

Classroom and PE teachers can collaborate to offer physical activity in their respective settings, in ways that complement rather than compete
What is an "Activity Burst"?
A short bout of physical activity that is integrated into classroom over the school day
The number and length of activity bursts can be tailored to meet the needs/schedules of teachers. For example:

Can be modified to fit the needs of those at any level of physical fitness
Why Offer Activity Bursts?
Planning for Activity Bursts
Be considerate of other classrooms
Arrange space for safe movement
Create a structured environment
Provide appropriate supervision
Use common sense
Stay alert to ensure safety
Use classroom management techniques
Provide access to fluids (water, etc.)
Making Room for Activity Bursts in the Classroom
Managing Activity Bursts
Set the tone for energetic fun activity
Recognize that some noise is normal
Establish routines & standards for behavior
Transition back to learning
Example stretches
Hamstrings Triceps
Quadriceps Neck
Back Calves
Light aerobic activity examples
Walking Arm circles
Aerobic: increase breathing & heart rate
Strength activity examples
Hop scotch Squats
Bear walk Arm circles
Squat thrusts Star Jumps
Aerobic activities examples
Skip Jump in place
Jog Walk quickly
Slide Hop on 1 foot
Gallop Dance to music
Gradual slow down
Helps return heart rate/ breathing to normal
Transition - helps students calm down and get ready to learn
Stretching or low intensity activity
Flexibility within this Framework: Timing of Activity Burst Components
Time the length of each component based on:
Class's overall levels of fitness & behavior
Total time planned for the activity burst
1. Basic Activity Bursts
Warm-up / single core activity / cool-down

2. Advanced Activity Bursts
Warm-up / combination of core activities / cool-down

3. Activity "Bursts of Imagination"
Warm-up / core activity / cool-down
Uses an imaginative activity for at least 1 of these components

4. Activity Bursts for Learning and Fitness
Warm-up / learning-related core activity / cool-down
Advanced Activity Bursts
(Use combined sets of movements)
Example: ABC for Fitness Chant
A is for Arm Circles F is for Flap Our Arms
B is for Bounce G is for Gallop
C is for Clap H is for Hop
D is for Dance I is for Inhale
E is for Energize J is for Jumping Jacks
K ......
(See Manual)

Advanced Activity Bursts
(Use combined sets of movements)
Call out sports skills for students to mimic for at least 10-15 seconds

Examples can include

Shooting a jump shot
Running through tires
Batting a baseball
Serving a tennis ball
Spiking a volleyball
Throwing a football
Juggling a soccer ball
Shooting an arrow
Swimming underwater
Activity "Bursts of Imagination"
Copy This (Warm-up)
One or more people can be leaders, including the teacher and/or students
The leader will create a series of movements that the class will mimic

Slow Motion (Cool-down)
Class moves around the room or stays in place, moving as slowly as possible
Students over-accentuate their movement

Visualization (Cool-down)
Students close their eyes and imagine themselves in a relaxed state
You can give them cues to help them relax
Activity "Bursts of Imagination"
(Use creativity to move in the classroom)
"As If" (Core activity)
Jog in place as if a big scary bear is chasing you
Walk forward as if you're walking through chocolate pudding
Jump in place as if you are popcorn popping
Reach up as if grabbing balloons out of the air
March in place and play the drums as if you're in a marching band
Paint as if the paint brush is attached to your head
Swim as if you are in a giant pool of jello
Move your feet on the floor as if you are ice skating
Shake your body as if you are a wet dog
Activity "Bursts of Imagination"
(Use creativity in the classroom)
Bursts to the Beat
Using music, if school policy allows
Use faster-paced music for the core activity
If desired, use slower-paced music as part of a cool-down

Use music to accompany dances, marches, musical plays, or imaginative physical activity (e.g., moving like bees to the "Flight of the Bumblebee")
Incorporate music into your lesson plans
Move to the sound of a classical music selection
Use world music to introduce lessons about other culture
Activity Bursts for Learning & Fitness
Physically Active Learning = Kinesthetic Learning = "Learning by Doing"
Example: Over, Under, Around, & Through
Energizers Classroom-Based Physical Activities, NC Dept. of Public Instruction
Marvin Christley, PE Teacher, New Haven Public Schools
Social Studies: American History
Example: Living History
Select a history lesson that you plan to teach. Decide how to relate it to an opportunity for students to act out the lesson in a memorable way, while allowing them to be physically active.
Review the history lesson with the class.
Give students the opportunity to physically act out what the people in the history lesson would have experienced.
Geography (The 50 States)
Collect information on your state or another state. Look for activities unique to that state that may be familiar to your students.
Create a list of activities that the students can physically act out.
Energizers Classroom-Based Physical Activities, NC Dept. of Public Instruction
Social Studies: Geography
Show the class how a compass works
Explain the concepts of North, East, South, and West, and their variations (NE, NW, SE, SW)
Arrange the students so each one is facing you, and has enough directions to move in all 4 directions from a starting point
Call out various directions
Students face that direction, jump, and return to the starting point
Brain Breaks, Michigan Department of Education
Rhythm & Instruments
Have students pretend they're in a marching band.
Students march in place while pretending to play the instrument they've selected.
When the song begins the students will "play" their instruments while marching for about 4 to 5 minutes.
Brain Breaks, Michigan Department of Education
Calculating Distances
Start with feet side by side
Move 1 set of toes ahead = "inches"
Place 1 foot in front of the other = "feet"
1 giant step forward or backward = "yard"
Call out different measurements:
E.g. Move forward 2 feet, back 5 inches, sideways 1 yard
Have all students move in the same direction
Jump and stretch between measurements for at least 30 seconds
Energizers Classroom-Based Physical Activities, NC Dept. of Public Instruction
The Cardiovascular System
Explain how the heart works
Teach students how to count their pulse
Take pulse before / after an activity burst
Energizers Classroom-Based Physical Activities, NC Dept. of Public Instruction
Embed into the daily routine
Teach students key components
What they are for
Why they are important
Consider classroom management
Create ABC rules
Establish ABC spaces
Set up several "activity stations" around the classroom for smaller group activity
Encourage students to wear appropriate attire
Set an example by wearing appropriate attire yourself
Keep it fresh
Change the pace
Add variety
Use music
Embed themes
Share ideas with other teachers
Keep a log to remind yourself
Having students select and lead activity bursts is motivating
If you are uncomfortable modeling certain exercises for students, use the provided video resources to lead the bursts (located at the end of this presentation)
Collaborate with others: school nurses, PE teachers, etc.
Find out what your students think about the program
Addressing Potential Challenges
Program Enhancements
Pedometers/step counters
Video fitness games
Wii Fitness
Dance Dance Revolution
Increasing Physical Activity Opportunities in Schools: Making The Case
Taking a Step in the Right Direction
Time Out!
Social Studies
Example: Impersonate the state
Example: Story Tell
Example: Marching Band
Example: Inches, Feet, and Yards
ABC for Fitness:
A Resource for Schools

A Portrait of Childhood Obesity
Advantages of Physical Activity






Encourage students to stay physically active during the weekend with their families
Encouraging students to participate in physical activity in the classroom will lead to students becoming more focused and ready to learn

This increase in physical activity will ensure higher standardized test scores and more confident, healthy, and well-rounded learners


Science or Health
Example: In a heartbeat
Lesson Plans for Active Learning
Additional Resources
JAM (Just-a-Minute) School Program
For more helpful resources or to receive weekly tips, register with the following:
1. To help demonstrate the concept of prepositions, choose a set of activities during which students will go over, under, around, and through imaginary or real objects.

2. Lead the line of students around the room, following this pattern for at least 30 seconds each.

Try These Examples:
A steep mountain
A wiggly bridge
A big dog
A colorful streamer
A dirty trash can
A sleeping giant
A haunted house
A sea of Jell-o
1. The teacher and/or students read or create a story that involves movement.

2. After the story is created, the teacher and/or students read the story.
"John pulled out his chair, sat down and began to eat".

The students simulate pulling out the chair, sitting down, pretending to eat.
Try This Example
David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP
Director, Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center at Griffin Hospital

Creator, ABC for Fitness Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Managing Activity Bursts and the Physically Active Classroom
The 3 Components of an Activity Burst
Low-intensity or low-speed
Gets blood flowing/stretches muscles
Prepares for more intense activity
Step Two
Different Types of Activity Bursts

1. Display the words of "the chant" on a poster at the front of the room, or write it on a board

2. Have the students start by reciting the ABC for Fitness chant

3. As students go through each letter, have them act out the activity that accompanies each letter
ABC for Fitness Chant
"ABC for Fitness is easy to see how academics and fitness can benefit me! Now just you, not just me, but all of us, you see!"
Example: Sports Galore
SOURCE: Energizers Classroom-Based Physical Activities, NC Dept. of Public Instruction
SOURCE: Energizers Classroom-Based Physical Activities, NC Department of Public Instruction
Examples Continued:
Step Three
Step One
Core Activity:
Involves the whole body in actions that allow the student to experience the concepts being taught

Example: Rotating in a clockwise direction
Example: Pretending to follow the route of Lewis & Clark

Infuses fun into academic learning
Language Arts
Example: Compass Points
Implementation Tips
FitDeck Jr. Cards
Getting Students Acclimated
Final Suggestions
Let's Try an Activity Burst of Our Own*!
Core Activity
1. Upper Back/ Shoulder Stretch
2. Triceps Stretch
3. Arm Circles
Tip: Stretch each side 2 to 3 times
Watch Your Breath
As your Activity Burst comes to an end, pay attention to the flow of your breath as you inhale and exhale. Take a moment to reconnect with the breath and settle back into your natural breathing pattern.
The 12 Days of Fitness
Perform the corresponding activities while singing (in your head) "The 12 days of Christmas":

"On the 12 days of fitness, my teacher gave to me..."

12 jumping jacks 6 star jumps
11 raise the roofs 5 hula hoops
10 knee lifts 4 hopscotch steps
9 arm circles 3 side slides
8 jogs in place 2 lunges
7 jumping ropes And us all standing still in
1 place

Great Job!
Pony Express
Ride on horseback to the first stop on the mail delivery route
Change horses/riders at this stop
Move on to the next stop
Deliver a large sack of mail at the final destination
Try This Example:
Try These Examples
March across the Golden Gate Bridge
Surf in the Pacific Ocean
Climb up a Redwood Tree
Pretend you're an actor and wave to all your fans
Stomp the grapes / pick the oranges
Ski on the Sierra Nevadas
Climb Mount Whitney
Crawl through the Death Valley Desert
The mission of ABC for Fitness is to....
*Remember that all exercises should be modified to fit individual needs
6 activity bursts x 5 minutes =

30 minutes
5 activity bursts x 6 minutes =

30 minutes
3 activity bursts x 10 minutes =

30 minutes
Activity Break Videos
We will now share some examples of activity burst videos
Save them for inspiration or as a way to lead activity bursts for you in class
You can even make your own videos like these teachers from the Ansonia Public Schools (Connecticut) did using a smart phone:
Examples of possible movements

Little space is required
Save these videos as favorites on your computer and refer back to them at any time.

You can always use them in the classroom to guide activity bursts on those days you need a little extra inspiration!

Click on the different days on this calendar to view activity burst videos.

Facilitate hands-on learning

Contribute to overall fitness

Help students channel energy and get back on task

Encourage constructive movement and behavior

Use creativity to move in the classroom

Help increase learning and retention

Help students understand how their bodies move in relationship to the world around them

We hope you enjoyed this training session and have learned useful ways to incorporate more physical activity into your classroom.

Most importantly, we hope that you and your students have fun in the process!

Presented by:
The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center
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