Nutrition and Health





Nellie Deutsch

NTeQ Lesson Plan

Cindy Heiser | Martin Landry | Kari Safeddine | Tony Reid


Lesson Summary | Learning Objectives | Standards | Materials | Think Sheet | Computer


Functions and Data Manipulations | Specify Problem Results Presentations | Lesson Introduction | Computer


Activities | Culminating Activities | Supporting Activities | Management Plan | Assessment | Diverse Learner

Lesson Title:    Run for your Health

Subject Area(s): Health and Physical Exercise              Grade Level:  9-12

Lesson Summary

Run For Your Health is a WebQuest lesson that allows students to be actively engaged as researchers and producers of authentic material. The work is done in teams of four. The teams collaborate and divide the work load. They search  the internet for evidence to support the idea that there is a relationship between physical activities, health and well being. They  present this in a final team report. In addition, each team produces a flyer or newsletter for a campaign to recruit students to the runner's club of the school.  In order to join the club candidates must be physically fit. The team creates a fitness training program to get the candidates into shape and running by the end of one month.  This activity helps students learn about the importance of physical fitness and health. They also learn about running, the heart, nutrition, physical fitness, endurance, using a calendar software, designing a flyer, a newsletter or a poster in a campaign to promote healthy living.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will:

 ·           Be able to design personal fitness programs for others

·           Explain the connection between good health and physical activities

·           Learn about the value of running as one way of staying fit.

          Use MS Word, a calendar software and Desktop Publisher application.



Physical Education Standard and Benchmarks (3rd Ed.)

Standard 4:

Understands how to monitor and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness

·           Formulate an effective plan for lifelong health.

·            Implement a plan for attaining a personal health goal.

Level IV (Grade 9-12)

·          7.  Understands how to maintain an active lifestyle throughout life (e.g., participate  

              regularly in physical 

              activities that reflect personal interests)

·          8.  Designs a personal fitness program that is based on the basic principles of training 

              and encompasses all components o fitness (e.g., cardiovascular and respiratory

              efficiency, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition)

Technology Standards:


Students use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.

Students use productivity tools to collaborate in constructing technology-enhanced models, prepare publications, and produce other creative works.


Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources.

Students use technology tools to process data and report results.

Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.


Develop team-building skills by working with others through physical activity. Why This Goal Is Important: As members of teams, students need to fill the role of leader at times and participant at other times. Knowing how to follow procedures, accept leadership from others, participate actively and lead when appropriate will serve the student on and off the playing field. Students need to know the elements of teamwork (communication, decision making, cooperation, leadership) and how to adjust individual needs to team needs. Students also need to be able to recognize each member's contributions, including their own (ISBE, 2003).


Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness based upon continual self-assessment. Why This Goal Is Important: Regular physical activity is necessary to sustain fitness and health. Students need to apply training principles—frequency, intensity, time and type (FITT)—to achieve their personal fitness goals. Fitness expectations need to be established on an individual basis; realistic goals need to be based on the health-related components of endurance, strength, flexibility, cardio-respiratory fitness and body composition. By learning and applying these concepts, students can develop lifelong understanding and good habits for overall health and fitness (ISBE, 2003).


Computer with Internet Access

MS Word for writing reports and essays

Brown Bear Software for online calendar work:

Desktop Publisher for advertising and designing flyers and newsletters.

WebQuest: Run For Your Health:  h.htm


Computer Functions and Data Manipulation

A.  Computer Function:

Look up each of the resources on Run for Your Health WebQuest

Computer Application:  


Data Manipulation:

 Research, locate, evaluate, and collect information from the resources listed in the Run For Your Health WebQuest

Team and individual decisions on which websites to use for the final report

B.  Computer Function:

Write a team and individual reports

Computer Application:

MS Word

Data Manipulation:

Write a report using a word processor and print it for the final presentation

C.  Computer Function:

Fitness Program Calendar Online Software:

Computer Application:

Online Brown Bear calendar software

Data Manipulation:  

Use and publish the online calendar for others to view and use for their fitness training.

Design a personal fitness program that is based on the basic principles of training and encompasses all components of fitness (e.g., cardiovascular and respiratory efficiency, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition)

D.  Computer Function:

Use Desktop Publisher to create a newsletter or invitation persuading your fellow classmates to join your fitness training program to qualify for the school runners club

Computer Application:

MS Desktop Publisher software application

Data Manipulation:

Use Desktop Publisher to create a convincing design and text format that explains the importance of fitness, health and general well being.

Use Desktop Publisher for the layout of the front cover of the team's final report on the importance of physical training and health.


Specify Problem

Today, we are going to begin an investigation of why physical activities and running in particular are important to our health and general well being.  After you learn about the value of running, you are going to convince your fellow classmates to join the runner's club of the school. You are going to launch a campaign by advertising and designing newsletters and flyers to students of your school persuading them to join the club. You will develop a one month fitness training program to get everyone ready to run.


Students will use MS Desktop Publisher, a calendar fitness training program and a word processor to write their  final written report

Multidimensional Activities

Lesson Introduction

I will introduce the topic of physical activities and running and find out what the students think about the subject. I would use a Think Sheet and KWL to get them to think about what they know, want to know and at the end of the WebQuest lesson, what they learned. Read the article by Randy Dotinga "Running Revolution Started as Evolution: Early humans hoofed it not for fun, but for survival" (2004).

Think Sheet 1:

The importance of physical activities to our health and well being

What do you know about running?

Is it natural for man to run?

What do anthropologists know about man's need to run?

Read the article by Reporter Randy Dotinga (Dotinga, 2004).

How can running make us healthier?

How can we strengthen our Heart?

What does it mean to be physically fit?

Why does lack of physical activity cause?

How can physical activities make us feel better?

Think Sheet 2:

Recruiting students to the runner's club

How can I convince students that running is an excellent physical activity?

What elements do I add to a fitness training program to get students running in one month?

What measuring instruments do I use to help improve an athlete's running performance?

What else should go into a fitness program?

Should sleep and proper nourishment be added to a health and fitness plan?

Think Sheet 3:

Team formation and collaboration

What the best way to form teams?

How can we choose team members?

Who is going to do what on the team? Should there be different roles for each team member such as a secretary, supporter teacher contact etc?

What  makes a good learning team?

Computer Activities

Activity 1

Activities to be completed:

Prior to going to computer:

Think sheet 3 on team collaboration and learning

Form teams of 4 members each

Brainstorm and organize a plan of action on the team

Division of work

Have teams decide who is working on the Desktop Publisher, Fitness Calendar or writing up the Introduction, conclusion or body of the paper.

One computer for each team. Each team will decide how they want to work

At the computer

Teams will sit together  and go over the WebQuest step by step

Team will decide what resources they will use

Divide the work among the team members as they learn about the task

Each team will decide who will do what and draw a plan on a schedule to follow. This can be done by MS Word. See Think Sheet 3

          It may be a good idea to give roles to each member of the team: leader, secretary, supporter and

          errand boy

          Team collaborate and work on their own doing research at  home

Activity 2

Activities to be completed:

    Prior to going to computer

    Checklists and think sheets (Think Sheets 1-3) on the team progress 

    At the computer

    Start working on the advertising campaign by using Desktop Publisher

    After going to computer

   Team collaboration to see if team is on schedule.

    Activity 3

    Activities to be completed:

    Prior to going to computer

    Team collaboration on progress and plan work action for the computer room.

    At the computer

    Work on the three aspects of the WebQuest; the final team reports,

    the fitness training program and the advertising campaign

    After going to computer

     Collaborate and decide on the final drafts of the written report

     The Desktop Publishing newsletter or advertising notice should be finished

     The month fitness training program should be almost finished.

      Meet and edit all three presentations of the project

 Supporting Activities

 Activity 1

 Activities to be completed:

Write a report of your individual and team findings using MS Word.

 Activity 2

 Activities to be completed:

Design a flyer, newsletter or a poster to convince other students to join the runner's club. Use MS Desktop Publisher

 Activity 3

 Activities to be completed:

Prepare the fitness training program for a month. Use on online calendar. 


 Culminating Activity

Each team will present all three aspects of the WebQuest; the newsletter/flyer/poster, the one month fitness training program, and the final written report. The presentation can be done by PowerPoint, by adding the newsletter and training program to the notice board of the school or on the school website. Teams may wish to send their work to the President's Challenge and win prizes:

 Rotation Plan

 Students will work in teams of 4. Each team will work on one computer. They will take turns.

 The teams may split up and do different tasks if there are more computers available.






Objective or Performance









1.Students will write a persuasive article using MS Word on why young people should join the runner's club. They will use three or more persuasive arguments that are very clear, concise, and articulate.  Three or more excellent references to show the connection between health and physical activities.

No persuasive arguments and very poor references made to show the connection between health and physical activities.

One persuasive argument that is fairly clear and concise.  One  Reference made to show the connection between health and physical activities

Two persuasive arguments that are clear, concise, and articulate.  Two references made to show the connection between health and physical activities

Three persuasive arguments that are very clear, concise, and articulate. Three or more excellent references made to show the connection between health and physical activities

2. Students  generates a monthly fitness training program that uses an online calendar software

A fitness training program that is difficult to follow. An attempt to use the online calendar

A training program that is somewhat easy to follow but not for the whole family.

A well organized program that is easy to follow but it is not a complete month.

A well organized program that is easy to follow for a whole month.

3. Student used Desktop Publisher to create flyers, newsletters or posters in a campaign to convince young people of the importance of participating in physical activities such as running. The language and graphics used show a relationship between health and general well being in a very convincing way. Desktop publisher not used. Another application used with  no graphics showing the relationship that exists between physical activities  and health Desktop Publisher used but the graphics and texts don't show the relationship between physical activities and health Desktop Publisher used with 2 graphics and texts used that show a relationship between physical activities and health. Desktop Publisher used with 3 or more graphics and texts to show the relationship between physical activities and health.
4. The newsletter will help recruit students to join the runner's club. The product is organized and very effective. No newsletter, flyer or  poster used A flyer, newsletter or poster designed with Desktop Publisher that is somewhat  organized A flyer, newsletter or poster designed with Desktop Publisher that is very organized A flyer, newsletter or poster designed with Desktop Publisher that is very organized and effective in persuading students to join the runner's club


 Presentation assessment

The team will present their findings to the class by audio and visual means.

  • The team presentation will be at least 5 minutes long.

  • One member will introduce the topic.

  • Each member of the team will speak about their individual work.

  • Another member will add the conclusion.

  • The presentation will include both audio and visual effects.

  • You may present your work by means of: PowerPoint, video, movie, art, poster work, music, or dance.

  The team will be graded for structure and content:



  • Did the presentation have an effective introduction?
  • Were the major points illustrated, explained and summarized?
  • Was there an effective transition between the main points?
  • Did it have an effective conclusion?


  • Was the content accurate?
  • Did the presentation hold the class' interest?
  • Were presentation media used effectively?


Aspect of work


Beginning (0-1 point)


Accomplished (2-3 points)


Exemplary(4-5 points)



Team work and collaboration




Not all the members of the team participate. No team collaboration


Most of the team members present their aspect of the report. No real team collaboration


Every member of the team presents their individual report.

Clear collaboration among team members.



Creative, original and appealing


Presentation is not  appealing, original or creative


Presentation is appealing and original



Presentation is creative, original and appealing.


Audio visual elements


No audio or visual elements used


Only Audio or visual elements used


Both audio and visual elements used



Organization: Introduction and conclusion with each member explaining what they did.



Not organized: There is no clear division of introduction and conclusion.


Not organized: There is no clear division of introduction and conclusion.




Organized: Introduction and conclusion with each member explaining what they did.


Clarity of voice


Voices not clear


Somewhat clear


Very clear



Management Plan

Every class, lesson and teacher is different. There are certain variables that make one lesson different from another. The number of computers available is one important aspect of a technology based lesson. The management plan will depend on the number of computers per student.

"Run for your health" WebQuest can be done anywhere; at school, in a public library or a public community centre, at home or in an office. The only management plan required is for team formation and collaboration. Team cooperation and social skills need to be done at school with the teacher as a facilitator. These skills are important  for character building and life long learning.


 Diverse Learner Modification

            Everyone can learn if they do it in their unique way. Students should learn about their special type of learning. There are four basic type of learners: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic but many of them overlap. Many are labeled as having attention disorder because they do not pay attention (Linksman, 2000). As a result, many diverse learners are treated with Ritalin. This frustrates them since it does not improve their concentration. Kinesthetic learners are especially misunderstood. "They require body movement and action for optimal results: they need to move around, use their muscles, [and] explore" (Linksman, 2000). They are inquisitive learners who need to get answers on their own. They are "hand-on-learners" or the "doers" who actually concentrate better and learn more easily when movement is involved" (PSU, 2000). They "do well as performers: athletes, actors or dancers" (PSU, 2000). They do "well with their hands while working with various tools" (PSU, 2000).

            Team work allows kinesthetic learners a chance to move around if they play the role of the teacher contact, messenger or secretary. They can run errands such as going to the library or interviewing an expert. In "Run For Your Health" kinesthetic learners will have an opportunity to boast about their ability to run. They are generally very active. They can also design and draw a poster if they are artistically oriented. They can also add the flyers to the bulletin boards and other places. There are many opportunities to move around. Some are very "coordinated with a sense of timing and body movement" (PSU, 2000). They can use the various measuring tools to time students' progress.

           Finally, "Run for Your Health" is about the importance of physical activities in our daily lives. It is a perfect topic to lighten up a kinesthetic learner. Similarly, this WebQuest is an appropriate learning tool for kinesthetic learners because it allows for movement. Students are free to move around in the computer room. They rotate from sitting at their desks to sharing a computer in another area. These movements back and forth make the kinesthetic learner feel right at home.



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Dotinga, R. (2004, November 18). Running revolution started as evolution: Early humans hoofed 

            it not for fun, but for survival. Retrieved January 17, from  


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Illinois State Board of Education. (2003). Illinois learning standards: Social/emotional learning (SEL). Retrieved January 30, 2005, from

Linksman, R..(2000). The fine line between ADHD and Kinesthetic learners. Latitudes. 1 (6). Retrieved January 29 , 2005.

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Written by Nellie Deutsch. Updated February 2, 2005

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