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of Lesson: Find the connection between ones self-perception/ body

image and his or her need and want to be physically active.

Michigan Benchmark(s):
1.3 Explain how weight management is
influenced by being physically active
1.9 Describe the relationship of self-
perception, body image, body weight, and
physical activity.
1.10 Analyze how ones own perception of
weight influences being physically active.

Student Friendly Benchmark(s)

National Benchmark(s):
1.8.1 Analyze the relationship between healthy
behavior and personal health.
2.8.7 Explain how the perceptions of norms
influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors.

I will know the relationship between my weight and my physical activity.

I will know how my physical activity affects my self-perception, body image, and body.
I can understand the relationship between someones view of their own weight and effects
on their physical activity.

Content: What a healthy body weight is,
how physical activity affects weight and
image, and how our perceptions of
ourselves affect a healthy lifestyle.

Skills: A correct self-assessment on own body

image. Knowing the difference between a
healthy body and an unhealthy body. Seeing
the relationship between body image and
motivation to be active.

Differentiated Objective(s):


Socrative account online; make sure
all students have some form of
technology (iTouch, laptop, tablet,
phone, etc.) to log into your room.
Survey question sheet
Magazines relevant to physical
activity, weight, and food intake.
Colored pencils and markers
Poster board for collage


Socrative quiz questions prepared and ready to be
answered by students.

Have enough survey question sheets for each to
student to take multiple. Use half sheets to reduce

Grade Level: High School Duration: 55 minutes Bloom Level: Analysis/Analyzing (4)

Warm-Up/Anticipatory Set

Have students log onto Socrative. Sign in to room #154545 for pre-made quiz titled Weight
Management and Physical Activity. Have students answer questions individually.
Discussion/ explanation will likely follow each question. Explain to students how being
physically active improves weight management.
Talking point: after the question about a body in motion stays in motion, explain to
students how being active encourages one to always be active. Your body will crave activity
and habits will form. Not only in a physical sense but also on the happenings inside your
body! Metabolism will stay at a constant, healthy level as well as your heart rate etc.

Activity 1 (2-3 day assignment)
Step # 1: Hand out survey questions to each student; they should all have a minimum of four
surveys. Explain that students can interview anyone they like: family, friends, or peers. The more
people they choose to interview, the better.

Step # 2: Read questions out loud; ask students if the questions make sense and are clear to them.

Step # 3: Emphasize that these surveys are anonymous. Students shall give the survey questions to
people, let them fill it out as thoroughly as possible, and then collect them back without any names
on the sheets.

Step #4: After a day or two when students have had the opportunity to collect the surveys back, they
will review and reflect on their findings.

Step #5: Hand them the reflection/ analysis paper directions. Students will write a 1.5-2 page paper
on their findings, answering the questions on the directions as they go along. This will give students
time to understand the relationship between weight management and the motivation to be
physically active.

Teaching Tips: Encourage an open discussion in the classroom about their findings before they
begin their reflection paper. Ask them if they saw any patterns. Does weight and self-perception
affect one gender over the other? Are younger adults more motivated to be active than older adults?
Did peoples idea of being normal or overweight upset you? How important is confidence in
yourself, especially when it comes to being active and achieving health goals?

Short PowerPoint Slide: slides will include what being healthy looks like; the Body Mass Index will
be included to show what healthy weights are. The amount of expected physical activity, and the
downsides to having a negative body image in relation to how physically active one is.

Activity 2:
Step #1: After discussing ones perception of their weight, ask students what motivates them to stay
Step #2: Encourage students to bring in images from ads, internet, or magazines pertaining to being

healthy. Be sure to decipher the difference between Victoria Secret model-skinny and an actual
healthy person. (The powerpoint will make this more clear)
Step #3: Instruct students to individually or in groups of two or three make a collage that
demonstrates how being healthy and having a good body image encourages physical activity. The
collage should illustrate a healthy lifestyle, which not only includes a healthy weight but foods,
activities, and feelings of accomplishment and pride. This collage should make those who are lacking
motivation feel more inspired.
Teaching tips:

Questions at Blooms Level of Learn:
Comprehension/Understanding: What seems to be the relationship between body image and
physical activity? Can you write in your own words what you found from the survey?
Evaluation/ Creating: Can you design a collage of positive motivators to promote physical activity?
Analysis: What conclusion have you come to after surveying?


Homework: Students will have to survey a

minimum of 4 people (more are encouraged)

for Activity 1. After surveys are completed,

students will write a 1.5-2 page paper

answering the Analysis questions provided.



Grade Level: High School Duration: 55 minutes Bloom Level: Analysis/Analyzing (4)

Survey Questions
1) How do you view yourself right now? Normal, overweight, or obese? Why?

2) Would you like to lose weight right now? If so, how much?

3) Which would you feel more motivated to do: lose 5 pounds, lose 20 pounds, or
lose 50 pounds?

4) Do you think it would be harder to stay physically active when you feel like you
have a long way to go before youre considered healthy?

5) Do you ever feel too self-conscious to go to the gym/ participate in a physical

Analysis Questions: What Did You Learn?

Answer the following questions as you write your reactions to your findings from
the surveys. Your reaction paper should to 1.5-2 pages long, double-spaced, with an
appropriate heading.

1) Were you surprised by the way people view themselves regarding their weight?

2) Why do you think the majority of people constantly want to lose weight?
(examples: media, peers, family, etc.)

3) After reading the survey answers you received, how would you say weight affects
a persons motivation to be physically active? Are there positive ways? Negative

4) Which answers/ results shocked you the most? Which did you expect to be
answered the way they were?

Grade Level: High School Duration: 55 minutes Bloom Level: Analysis/Analyzing (4)