•   Copy 2 Corinthians 7:1 in your neatest handwriting. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” In this verse, God wants us to not only take care of our earthly bodies, but our spiritual bodies.

Science

Let’s discover some interesting facts about how our bodies move.

     •   When we exercise, our bodies move in hundreds of different ways. How many muscles are in our bodies? What holds our muscles onto our bones? How many bones are in our bodies?

     •   What are the muscles we can control called? What are the muscles we can’t control called? Can you name the three categories of muscles and give three examples from each category?

     •   What muscle acts like a pump for your entire body? Explain how this muscle works and why it’s so important.

     •   Now we know how our bodies move when we exercise, but why is exercise good for us? What does a good exercise program include? How can exercise protect our bodies?

Math

     •   Set aside a six-week period. On the first day, decide on several exercises you would like to do. Some examples are jumping rope, lifting weights, jumping on the trampoline, or bike riding. Make a chart listing each exercise and each week. For Week One, decide how long or how many of each exercise you will do.

Do your exercises every day for the week. When Week Two begins, add a few more reps or a few more minutes to each exercise and write it on your chart. In Week Three, add a few more, and keep adding more until you complete Week Six.

At the end of Week Six, look at your chart and figure out how much you’ve increased your workouts. Did you find that you were able to do more each week without becoming winded as quickly? What is your favorite kind of exercise?

     •   Check your pulse after exercising and multiply the number of beats within 10 seconds by six to determine your heart rate. (You can add a column to your chart and note this at the beginning of each week. Did your heart rate change after the six-week period was over?)

Vocabulary

myocardium, ligament, tendons, rectus abdominus, flexibility, aerobic, oxygen, circulatory system, valves, vessels, diaphragm, musculoskeletal system, striated, heart, bones, skeleton.

Activities

     •   Draw or copy a diagram of the heart. Label all the parts.

     •   You will need: Pencil, paper, stopwatch, or watch with a second hand. Watch the clock and count how many times you breathe in one minute. Write it down. Now run in place for 30 seconds. Watch the clock and again count how many times you breathe in one minute. Did you breathe more or less times after you ran in place? Why?

     •   You will need: Pencil, paper, stopwatch, or watch with a second hand. Count the number of times you feel your pulse in one minute. Write the number down. Now count a friend or sibling’s pulse and write it down. Now count the pulse of an adult and a baby. Does everyone’s heart beat the same amount of times per minute? Why or why not?

     •   Game: Blob Tag

You will need: A group of kids to play!

How game is played: When the tagger tags someone, they join hands to form a tagging pair. The pair becomes the taggers and gives chase while holding hands, moving as a “blob.” When they tag someone else, that person becomes part of the tagging blob.