Active Living 4-6

“Active For Enjoyment”

Active Living Lesson

Timeframe: 40 minutes (ongoing)




It is important that students learn the joy of living an active life. Students should understand that an active life can occur for any body type, shape, or size. Some children at this age will connect self esteem with the ability to perform well at certain sports, or to be chosen for teams. Adults need to be aware that these fears can create obstacles to enjoying movement. It is important for classmates to work together to find ways to positively encourage each other to be active for enjoyment.

Big Ideas

  • Body based teasing and stigma from peers can prevent students from joining in physical activity.
  • Teachers and parents can encourage the joy of movement.
  • People can be active in many different ways.
  • Teachers should be aware that students who are concerned about their body image may limit their own participation in physical activities.


BLACKLINE MASTER A and B (Lesson Resources)
INTERNET ACCESS and SCREEN to view video files


TVOKids is running a campaign to get students to log over 1 million minutes of activity called “A Million Ways to Move”.

Show the TVOKids video on the different ways we can move (Click to View).

Ask the students to think about the different ways that they like to move.



  1. The lesson will begin with a discussion:
    1. What are some reasons that it is important for us to lead active lives?
    2. If we know these things, why do you think we choose not to be active?
    3. What are some signs that we may not be active?
    4. Do you think that we might refrain from being active because of the way we look and our fear of how others perceive us?
  2. Look at the following pictures of Olympic athletes (Click to View).
  3. Talk with students about their original ideas of what an active person looks like. Do those beliefs apply here?
  4. How can we help each other to feel comfortable when being active? What are some encouraging words we can use?


It might be tricky getting students to open up and talk about why they are shy or why they refrain from being active. Encourage conversation by talking about your own thoughts or fears. To counter students’ fears, encourage them to work in groups or pairs.


Have each student make a one page poster to promote their favourite form of activity (a way to move and not a sport). To get your students moving, show them this motivational video (Click to View) (Kid President).


Worksheets: Blackline Master Resource A and B (found on this webpage under “Lesson Resources”)

Video: “A Million Ways to Move” (Click to View)

Website: Olympic Athletes (Click to View)

Video: Kid President (Click to View)

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