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CCSS: 6.SP.B.4, 6.SP.B.5, 7.SP.B.3, 8.SP.A.1, MP1, MP5, MP6

TEKS: 6.12A, 6.12B, 6.12C, 6.12D, 6.13A, 7.6G, 7.12A, 8.5C, 8.11A

Get Active!

How many times a week do you exercise? You may be surprised by how much you need to move to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Doctors recommend that kids exercise at least 60 minutes a day. But less than 25 percent of kids meet or exceed that recommendation.

The amount of physical activity kids get has been decreasing for decades, says Harvard pediatrician Elsie Taveras. Time spent using technology and packed extracurricular schedules leave less room for exercise. Schools have also been reducing PE class time, so kids are moving even less during the day. As a result, health problems related to lack of exercise have soared in kids.

Exercise is important for more than just your muscles and cardiovascular system. Being physically active also improves mood, lessens anxiety, and increases focus. And because they’re more focused, kids who exercise regularly tend to do better in school. 

Plus, exercise is usually fun. “The truth is that all children are programmed to want to be physically active,” Taveras explains. And you have a lot of options: Joining town recreation leagues, after-school activities, or before-school exercise programs are great ways to get your heart pumping.  

If those organized activities aren’t available to you, there are small changes you can make to your daily habits to increase your activity level. You can take the stairs or walk the long way home. “You don’t need an exercise program to take out your bike and your helmet and go for a ride,” says Taveras. And even if you don’t have a bike, it’s all about finding the sport or activity that works for you and works up a sweat!

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Answer the following questions using the information in the charts and graphs above. Record your work and answers on our answer sheet.

What percent of girls ages 12 to 15 said they ride a bike to stay active?

A. 18.4%

B. 20.8%

C. 27.6%

D. 34.9%

In how many states did 60% or more students attend a PE class at least once a week?

A. 0

B. 4

C. 6

D. 15

About how many minutes per day on average do 7-year-old boys spend exercising?

A. 50

B. 65

C. 70

D. 75

Which activity did the most boys say they do to stay active?

A. football

B. running

C. basketball

D. bike riding

What percent of students in Nebraska attended PE class at least once a week?

A. 30-39.9%

B. 40-49.9%

C. 50-59.9%

D. 60% or more

About how many minutes of physical activity would an average 15-year-old girl get in a week?

A. 250 minutes

B. 285 minutes

C. 365 minutes

D. 450 minutes

About how many more boys than girls surveyed prefer playing basketball to stay active?

 Could the data in the “Top Ways to Work Out” infographic be presented as a circle graph? Why or why not?

Texas has about 1.5 million high school students. What’s the maximum number of students taking PE at least once a week?

Poll your class on their top activities. What kind of graph would best represent this data?

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