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Body Systems Workout

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Patti Schanz from Endicott, New York submitted this good aerobic activity for grades K-3.

Background: This is a fun aerobic activity that helps students learn circulation and related body systems. Our students have a great time doing this “brain gym” style workout. Prior to this activity, we play nutrition games and learn about the digestive system.

Equipment:
- Foam noodles
- Mats
- Beanbags
- Cones
- Red and blue hoops
- Red and blue floor tape

Preparation: Create red and blue beanbag “blood” by placing a strip of red tape on one side of each of your blue beanbags. Also place a strip of blue tape on your red beanbags. This should provide enough “red/blue blood to use for the workout. Acquire pictures of the lungs, small intestine, and some exercises.

How We Do It: Seat an equal number of students at each hoop. Briefly explain that we are going to work with red/blue beanbags that are pretend blood. Explain the purpose of our blood is to carry important things around inside our body to keep us alive. Blood can’t move by itself — it needs a pump. Explain that our heart is a muscle pump that pushes the blood and moves it to all parts of our body. The heart has two pumps inside it — a red pump and a blue pump. The red pump moves red blood in our bodies and the blue pump moves the blue blood in our bodies.

Student Jobs: Divide the class into two groups – 1.) students at the blue hoops get the blood ready, and 2.) students at the red hoops use the blood to live and grow.

Blue Hoop Jobs: The students at the blue hoops do the following:

A. Pick up one blue beanbag (old used blood) from your blue hoop. It is a blue blood tube called a -vein.-

B. Stand on the blue line with the blue heart pump. It pumps old blue blood to special places to get it ready for your body. While on the blue line, jump and say “squish-squish-squish-squish” as you squeeze your sides with your elbows and pretend you are being squeezed and pumped by the blue heart pump.

C. Go to the mat where there is a picture of the lungs. Make big arm circles and jump up and down 10 times while breathing very hard. Air goes into your lungs and they take a gas called oxygen from the air you breathe. In the lungs, the oxygen slides right into your blood. When your blood has oxygen, it turns the color RED. Turn the beanbag over to the red-taped side.

D. Next, go to the mat where there is a picture of small intestines. This is where the liquid food that was in your stomach now gets absorbed and into the blood. Step over each noodle while saying “slurp-slurp-slurp.” Now the blood has oxygen and lots of nutrients — vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats, water, etc. Your blood is now ready for your body!

E. Carry the fresh red blood filled with nutrients and oxygen and place it red side up in a RED hoop that is directly across from your hoop. This is a red blood tube called an -artery.-

Walk and talk the students at the blue hoops through the A-E pattern. Then have them try it one time alone and stop.

Red Hoop Jobs: Explain equipment and demonstrate the job of the students sitting at the red hoops. Students at the red hoops and red bean- bags have the job of taking the rich blood to feed all parts of the body like the muscles, bones, skin, hair, etc.

A. Pick up one red taped beanbag (rich blood filled with nutrients and O2) from the red hoop (artery).

B. Stand on the red line with the red heart pump. While on the red line, hop on one foot while saying “squish-squish-squish-squish” (or “lub-dub”) as you squeeze your sides with your elbows and pretend you are being pumped by the red heart pump. The red heart pump pushes the red blood rich with nutrients and O2 to your muscles, bones, skin, etc. All the body parts use the red rich blood to work and live.

C. Go to the mat where there is an exercise picture and work your body. Do the exercise 10 times. (We do treadmills.)

D. Then go to the other mat where there is an exercise picture and work your body again. Do the exercise 10 times. (We do jumping jacks.)

E. Now the liquid food (nutrients and O2 are used up by the body from the good workout. Your blood now changes from red to blue. Turn the beanbag to the blue side. Carry the used blue blood and place it blue side up in a BLUE hoop that is directly across from your hoop (VEIN). Then begin your job all over again.

Walk and talk the students at the red hoops through the A-E pattern, then have them try it one time alone and stop.

Let’s Get Moving! Now that everyone knows their job have all the students work at the same time and watch the aerobic body system workout in action.

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