Lesson Plan SLM 508, Fitness Unit

Grade Level: 8th grade
Subject: Physical Education
Class: 30 students
Essential Questions:
1. What are the various types of heart rate?
2. What are the different ways to measure fitness levels and how can they be interpreted?
3. What is the FITT principle and how does it apply to fitness goals?
4. What components of fitness are essential to have in a fitness plan?

Overview: Students will participate in a 5 day fitness unit in 45 minute lessons. Students will learn about heart rate, fitness levels, health related fitness components, the FITT principle and how to develop a personal fitness plan. Students will use work independently and in small groups to accomplish tasks. On the last day of the unit, students will participate in a Skype conference call with a professional athlete. At the end of the unit, students will turn in a personal fitness plan and reflection.

Technologies used:

Time line:
Day 1 Students will:
  • Overview of unit. Email will be sent to student via their parent/guardian prior to the unit starting. Students will follow directions in the email and take pre assessment in Google docs. Lap top will be available during warm up for students who have not completed the assignment prior to first class.
  • Watch video on the heart.
  • Learn different types of heart rate, how to calculate and will record data after various activities. Teacher will explain and demonstrate how to count pulse. Students will practice.
  • After practice, students will perform the lesson activity with a partner. Each partner will receive a stop watch. Each student will receive a heart rate activity sheet and a pencil. Students will follow the directions on the sheet performing the exercises for 1 min each and counting their heart beats.Students will record data on their sheet.
  • Be assigned Homework. Each student will go to class wiki and enter one exercise idea for each health related fitness components. (example provided)

Day 2. Students will:
  • Enter heart rate activities into Google spreadsheet and analyze their graph.
  • Review FITT principle and how to apply it for fitness goals.
  • Participate in fitness activities.
  • Review exercise ideas for health related fitness components on class wiki.
  • complete exit slip.
DUE: exercise ideas entered into group wiki

Day 3 Students will:
  • Participate in fitness activities.
  • Be assigned to 5 groups. Each group will come up with one interview question for a Skype conference with a professional athlete.
  • Be assigned Homework: Each group needs to enter ONE question into the group wiki.

Day 4 Students will:
DUE:Group Skype question in group wiki


Day 5 Students will:

  • Participate in Skype conference call.
  • Participate in fitness activities.
DUE: Individual fitness plan and reflection due.



Maryland Content Standards:
Standard III: Motor Learning Principles – Students will demonstrate the ability to use motor skill principles to learn and develop proficiency through frequent practice opportunities in which skills are repeatedly performed correctly in a variety of situations.
Standard IV: Exercise Physiology - Students will demonstrate the ability to use scientific principles to design and participate in a regular, moderate to vigorous physical activity program that contributes to personal health and enhances cognitive and physical performance on a variety of academic, recreational, and life tasks.
Standard V: Physical Activity - Students will demonstrate the ability to use the principles of exercise physiology, social psychology, and biomechanics to design and adhere to a regular, personalized, purposeful program of physical activity consistent with their health, performance, and fitness goals in order to gain health and cognitive/academic benefits.
Standards VI: Social Psychological Principles - Students will demonstrate the ability to use skills essential for developing self-efficacy, fostering a sense of community, and working effectively with others in physical activity settings.

AASL Student Standards:
1.1.1 Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in curricular subjects, and make real-world connection for using this process in own life.
1.1.2 Using prior and background knowledge as context for new learning
1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community
2.1.2 Organize knowledge so that it is useful.
2.3.1 Connect understanding to the real world.
3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use and assess
4.1.5 Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience.
4.1.6 Organize personal knowledge in a way that can be called upon easily

NETS-Student Standards
1.a Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes
2.a Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
3.d. Process data and report results
6.d. Transfer current knowledge to learning new technologies



Differentiation - Unit allows personal choice with designing fitness plan. Content is delivered in multiple ways (oral, written, demonstrations, guided practice). Students will collaborate with each other and provide support or assistance as needed. Teacher will provide additional resources on the group wiki site and will provide 1-1 assistance as needed.

Assessment :
  • Pre-assessment (Google docs),
  • Heart rate activity (Google spreadsheets)
  • Exercise idea in group wiki
  • Group question in wiki
  • FITT quiz
  • Fitness plan and reflection (rubric)


Prior Knowledge – Since this unit is for 8th graders, I would expect students to have prior knowledge of the health related fitness components (cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility). Students should also have some prior knowledge of the FITT principle (Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type).

Previous technology knowledge
I would expect students to have previous experience using Microsoft word, therefore they should have some comfort with using Google Docs and wiki.