Race for Good Health Bulletin Board

Lesson #7331

Use bulletin boards to graphically represent student efforts for physical fitness.

Transform a bulletin board into a creative graph to track the amount of time spent on weekly physical activity. Adjust the bulletin board size to accommodate number of students in the class. If there is not enough space for each student, consider grouping students according to teams. Set a class goal for minutes of daily exercise to create the scale. Allow students to decorate runners for the bulletin board. Measure student progress towards fitness by moving the runners across the board according to minutes of daily exercise. Modify daily exercise time or weekly goal according to student abilities and special needs. Celebrate student success weekly or biweekly to recognize the importance of achieving physical fitness. Challenge students to gather statistical data from any random population, organize information in data charts and graphs, and present findings and inferences.

Ask statistical questions to gain information about student physical activity, and express data in charts, diagrams and graphs to make inferences.

11151-4IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Block Alphabet, Capital Letters - 4 Inch 12404-DC-Ellison SureCut Die - Border, Scallop - Double Cut 12850-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Clouds - Large 14518-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Runner - Large 14993-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Sun #1C - Large 16292-3IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Block Alphabet, Number Set - 3 Inch 19540-4IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Zaner Bloser Alphabet, Capital Letters - 4 Inch 19541-4IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Zaner Bloser Alphabet, Lowercase Letters - 4 Inch 26785-XL-Ellison SureCut Die - Mountain w/Stream - XL 27514-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Girl Runner - Large

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Adhesive Letters, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Glue, Markers, Ribbon, Scissors, Stapler

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Cover a 45" x 55" bulletin board with blue paper; use butcher paper or bulletin board paper if available.
  2. Measure a 24" x 55" green paper and staple 12" from the top of the bulletin board to create the field (Figure A).
  3. Cut 10 strips of 24" long white paper and adhere vertically to the field at even intervals to create lines of a graph. Be sure to leave enough room at the left for student names (Figure B).
  4. Die-cut 3" Block Alphabet, Numbers 10 through 100 in increments of 10. Adhere the numbers, starting with 10, below each white strip. Use adhesive letters to label the horizontal axis "Time (minutes)."
  5. Die-cut several XL Mountain w/Streams in brown construction paper and overlap to create a 33" long mountain range. Cut a free-form mountain from darker construction paper and place behind the mountain range for contrast (Figure C). Adhere the mountains to the blue area above the field.
  6. Die-cut a LG Sun #1C and LG Clouds. Adhere above the mountains to create an interesting sky.
  7. Die-cut the 4" Zaner Bloser Alphabet, Capital Letters and 4" Zaner Bloser Alphabet, Lowercase Letters to create the word "Race for."
  8. Die-cut the 4" Block Alphabet, Capital Letters to create the word "GOOD HEALTH."
  9. Arrange the title "Race for GOOD HEALTH" at the top of the bulletin board.
  10. Die-cut several LG Runners and LG Girl Runners in different colors for students to decorate. Face all Runners in the same direction. Cut away the running outfit from a contrasting color and adhere to the Runner (Figure D). Highlight hair, face and outfit with colored pencils or crayons.
  11. Cut two vertical slits along the waist of each runner. Cut a 55" long green ribbon for each student. Slide a piece of ribbon through the waist of each Runner (Figure E).
  12. Staple the ribbon ends across the bulletin board, making sure there is even spacing between ribbon rows (see Main Photo).
  13. Measure the perimeter of the bulletin board and die-cut the DC Border, Scallop to fit along the edge of the board. Stable the Border to frame the board.
  14. Computer generate or print student names onto white cardstock and mat with colored construction paper. Attach names to corresponding ribbon with that student's Runner.
  15. Use adhesive letters to label the vertical axis "Students."
  16. Modify the size of the bulletin board and number of Runners as needed (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

  • Figure D

  • Figure E

Mathematics, Grade 6: Statistics and Probability

6.SP.1. Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers. For example, How old am I? is not a statistical question, but How old are the students in my school? is a statistical question because one anticipates variability in students' ages.

Mathematics, Grade 7: Statistics and Probability

7.SP.1. Understand that statistics can be used to gain information about a population by examining a sample of the population; generalizations about a population from a sample are valid only if the sample is representative of that population. Understand that random sampling tends to produce representative samples and support valid inferences.

Source: Common Core State Standards - Math Content


Pre-K-8 Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting to enhance health.

  • Identify a short-term personal health goal and take action toward achieving the goal.
  • Set a personal health goal and track progress toward its achievement.
  • Develop a goal to adopt, maintain or improve a personal health practice.

Source: National Health Education Standards

Math: Data Analysis and Probability

Pre-K-8: Instructional programs from Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 should enable all students to formulate questions that can be addressed with data and collect, organize and display relevant data to answer them.

  • In Pre-Kindergarten through grade 2, all students should represent data using concrete objects, pictures and graphs.
  • In grades 3-5, all students should represent data using tables and graphs such as line plots, bar graphs and line graphs.
  • In grades 6-8, all students should select, create and use appropriate graphical representations of data, including histograms, box plots and scatter plots.

Standards are listed with permission from Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, copyright 2000 by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). NCTM does not endorse the content or validity of these alignments.

Source: Principles and Standards for School Mathematics

Physical Education: Develop physically educated individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

K-12: Standard 3

  • A physically educated person participates regularly in physical activity.

Reprinted from Moving into the Future, National Standards for Physical Education, 2nd Edition, with permission from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE), 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1599.

Source:National Standards for Physical Education

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