Classroom Activities to Promote Learning & Health
Lesson Plans (Primary)
Lesson Plans (Elementary)
- Equipment Activities
1 3 Equipment
1 3 Non-Equipment
4 6 Equipment
K 6 Equipment
K - 6 Non-Equipment
Over the past five years, teachers in over 40 schools in the western region
of the NLESD have participated in a DPA inservice to help get students more active and
healthy. It is hoped that schools will continue to build on the momentum
that has been created with these efforts.
The Daily Physical Activity initiative is an active school program that
has been implemented in all K
6 schools in central Newfoundland by the Nova Central School District and
in many K 6 schools in eastern and western Newfoundland. Participation
for schools in the Daily Physical Activity program is voluntary. Those
schools that choose to get involved agree
to provide 180 minutes of physical activity for students in a six-day
cycle. This typically amounts to twenty minutes or more on non-gym days.
Activity is led by classroom teachers and is linked to
classroom curriculum. Teachers will receive training in how to
facilitate DPA (Daily Physical Activity) and will also receive ongoing
support to make changes in their instructional strategies and include new
activities. Each classroom teacher will receive a resource kit containing
props that can be used to get students moving such as bean bags, juggling
scarves, no-bounce balls, music CDs, move cubes, and rubber chickens.
The Daily Physical Activity
project is spearheaded in the western region by a local Active Living
Committee. The Committee is made up of various stakeholders who have come
together out of concern about the lack of physical activity and poor
nutrition among adults and children, which is leading to high rates of
obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
In the 2007 2008 school year, six K 6 schools in the Western School
District participated in a pilot program and were trained in the Daily
Physical Activity model. Seven more schools implemented the program in the
2008-2009 school year. In 2009 2010, the teachers at ten more
schools received the training and began the program. In January 2011,
seventeen more schools received training to implement the DPA program.