Health/Physical Education

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Middle school students examine a sport of their choice to learn all they can about it and the health benefits of being involved in that sport.  Students gain the abilities to gather, analyze, and apply information and ideas and acquire knowledge to help them make responsible decisions for lifelong wellness.
In this activity for health and physical education classes, students each choose a sport or physical activity to explore. It can be a traditional sport (basketball, volleyball), a nontraditional one (fencing, rugby), or a lifetime wellness activity (jogging, ballroom dancing).

Using the Internet, students conduct research on their chosen sport/activity.  They learn about the history, equipment, skills involved, rules, famous athletes, or important persons related to the activity.  They record their information using a word-processing document and may download information from the Internet and scan photographs.

Using the software package, Dine-Healthy, they chart the caloric information for the activity.  This software also lets them analyze the caloric expenditure of the activity.  The students use Polar Heart Rate Monitors to chart the health benefit of activities and place their results on an electronic spreadsheet, such as ClarisWorks, to show a heart rate analysis.
All of the students' information is placed in an individual Sportsfolio collection of work that they can share with the rest of the class.

            Bounous, P.  (1999).  Sportsfolio .  INTIME: Integrating New Technologies Into the Methods of Education [On-line].   Available: