Objectives for Students
Students will be able to:
  • Describe MOVE as "physical activity."
  • Recognize that moving benefits your body and brain.
  • Describe different ways to MOVE.


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Session 2                           Session 3 (Optional)     Session 3 (Optional)
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Session 3                                      Session 5
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Education Standards

View/print Common Core and Health Education Standards alignment.

Prior Knowledge

Too often, physical activity is presented as exercise, exercise, and more exercise. Exercise is great, however, there are many ways to MOVE and get the benefits of exercise and have fun at the same time. It is important for youth to get the recommended hour or more of physical activity each day. So, play, participate in a game or sport, or even do a leisure activity like going for a walk. It all adds up!  Make the fit choice to MOVE many times, many ways, each day.

fit Tip

MOVE Your Body! Do you get bored when you have to wait in line? Sneak in some moves. Do a wall push-up, stretch, touch your elbows to the opposite knee...just MOVE!

Family Message

MOVE! What physical activities does your family do each day? Moving can be play, exercise, sports, or simply choosing to get up and walk rather than sit for a long period of time. Did you know that moving also benefits learning? When you move, you get your blood flowing, which in turn, brings oxygen to your brain and helps you think! 

Information about the benefits of MOVE can be found at fit Connection for Kids: MOVE and Raising fit Kids.

Get started! Launch slides below to begin the lesson.
How Do You MOVE?

Select each animal image to play a short video. 

Ask students to compare their physical activity to each animal’s movement.


Highlight the benefits of MOVE:

  • Movement boosts energy.
  • Movement strengthens muscles and bones.
  • Movement stimulates brain activity.

Images show a brain after sitting and after moving for 20 minutes. Red indicates brain activity.*
*Reprinted with permission; Dr. C.H. Hillman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Play a New Game

Three options are given for fun recess games to get kids moving.

Check out Fun Recess Games for new versions of classic games to play during recess or after school. 

Daily MOVE Choices

Students decide which activities are fit MOVE choices.

Leisure activities like playing a game, gardening, playing the drums, and even chasing butterflies are all examples of fit MOVE choices because they involve physical activity. 

You Can MOVE

MOVE does not have to be competitive or vigorous to be fit.

You can MOVE many different ways throughout the day. For example, everyday activities (walking, chores,etc.), games, and sports are all great ways to MOVE. Just get those feet moving!


Download the Healthy Choices handout for students to create “I Will” statements telling how they will add more physical activity to their day.

How Do Kids Stay Active?

Watch the video titled Choose to MOVE: How Exercise Helps Your Body and Brain.

Ask students to watch and listen for examples of how they can get up and get moving!

MOVE Moments

Health experts recommend that kids get at least 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Ten minutes here and there add up quickly!

List your students' top 10 MOVE choices or challenge your students to expand the list to 60 ways to MOVE in 60 minutes.

Option: Download 10 Moves or 60 Moves posters.

Your Moves

Download the My MOVE Timeline for students to create their own timeline of ways they will choose to MOVE throughout their day.



Watch the video showing many ways to make moving fun.

Invite students to dance along!

Enjoy Your Moves

Highlight key points:

  • Some think MOVE is only exercise, but that's not so! 
  • Choose ways to MOVE that you enjoy, and it will be easy to MOVE throughout your day.
  • Make your MOVE a short bout of activity, ten minutes or so is fine. It all adds up!

Have Fun!

Students make a MOVE jar. 

  • Students write or draw favorite and fun ways to MOVE on small pieces of paper.
  • Put them in a jar or container. 
  • When it’s time to MOVE, choose a piece of paper from the jar and have fun moving!

Would You Rather?

Ask students to stand up and show thumbs up for their preference:

  • Be as acrobatic as a chimp or as fast as a cheetah? 
  • Be as strong as an ant or graceful as a gazelle? 
  • Swim as fast as a sea bear or fly as high as a bird bear?

Plan to MOVE

Discuss the many choices kids have about how and when they can MOVE.

Need more ideas? Go to 12 Sneaky Exercises.

Plan Your MOVE

Wrap up the topic by asking students to join the dance video showing ways to have fun and move throughout the day.

Students plan their weekend movement activities using the My Weekend MOVE Timeline handout.

Encourage students to MOVE many times and many ways throughtout their weekend days!