Unit 8: Social Studies Connection

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Move It!

Do you spend a lot of time watching television or surfing the Internet? While you may be having fun, you may also be missing out on something else—staying fit!

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently reported that many U.S. kids are not getting enough exercise. The AHA recommends kids get at least 30 minutes of exercise three to four times each week.

The AHA report says that about 15 out of every 100 kids ages 6 to 11 are overweight. Being overweight can lead to health problems like heart disease and diabetes later in life.

To help kids stay fit and have fun, some schools are adding a new twist to gym class. In some elementary schools, students are really climbing the walls—indoor rock-climbing walls! Other schools are offering activities such as dancing, in-line skating, and kite flying.

Fitness for Life

Teachers want kids to develop good fitness habits that will last a lifetime. “We're hoping that students find activities that they enjoy doing and that they'll continue doing for the rest of their lives,” said gym teacher Reid Chase.

Many schools are teaching kids the importance of exercise both inside and out of school. So, what are you waiting for? Dance. Run. Jump rope. Join a sports team. Find the activities that you enjoy most and get moving!

Word Wise

Weighing more than is healthy: The doctor recommended that the overweight patient exercise regularly.

heart disease:
Illness that affects the health of one's heart: Lowering one's cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

A disease of the pancreas that prevents the body from properly breaking down blood sugar: The patient with diabetes needed to eat fewer sweets.

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Make a glossary for the “Move It!” article. Choose seven words from the article, and find their definitions in a dictionary. Write the words and their definitions on a piece of paper. Use each word in a sentence, and draw a picture to go with each definition. You may include the words that have already been defined for you.

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Move It! Quiz
Answer questions about exercise in this quiz.