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HOPE—Semester A

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Technology has brought us many glorious things, like iPads, rocket ships, and Shmoop. But nothing is more glorious than the opportunity to learn about health and physical fitness from Shmoop.

In this Health Opportunities Through Physical Education course, aligned to Florida state standards, you'll learn how to manage your own health and fitness. By the end of our lessons, projects, and workouts, you'll be able to

  • care for the mental health of yourself and others.
  • plan a fitness routine which improves your cardiovascular fitness, strength and endurance, and flexibility.
  • understand the basics of nutrition and plan a healthy diet.
  • integrate healthy practices and physical activity into your lifestyle.
  • develop the knowledge to know what's fitness wisdom and what's bunk.

This is the first semester of our HOPE course. Check out Semester B here.

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. Intro to Health and Wellness

This unit is your introduction to the wonderful world of health and fitness. We'll learn what health is, take a fitness assessment, and learn the basics of how and why to exercise.

Unit 2. Mental and Social Health

In this second unit of our HOPE course, we cover the basics of mental and social health, including goal setting, dealing with stress, depression, peer pressure, and how the heck to make good decisions when you're a hormonal teen.

Unit 3. Nutrition and Wellness

This unit covers the basics of nutrition and bodily management. You'll learn about macronutrients and micronutrients, how to plan a healthy meal, and when nutrition goes wrong: eating disorders and obesity.

Unit 4. Planning a Fitness Program

This unit focuses on how to fit all the pieces of fitness together to make a personal fitness plan. It'll go over the nitty-gritty of cardio, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, how to put a workout together, and planning a long-term fitness program for oneself.

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 6: Skills Matter, Too

Imagine a ballerina who keeps falling down. Or a baseball player who can't move quickly enough to catch a ball. A basketball player who can't dribble the ball and run at the same time (which we are totally guilty of, btw). Or a quarterback who just really sucks at dodging linebackers.

Dude might need to work on his balance and coordination.

You could be the fittest, buffest athlete who ever lived, with the most sculpted calves and chiseled abs, but if you're lacking physical fitness skills, you're not going to succeed. Ballerinas with no balance just aren't going to make it.

In this lesson, we'll go over the skills-related components of physical fitness: agility, balance, coordination, power, speed, and reaction time. These guys are on the other side of the fitness coin from the health-related components of fitness we learned about earlier.

While you need the health-related components of physical fitness to be a healthy athlete (or person), you need the skill-related components of physical fitness to be a successful athlete. Skills are what set Kobe Bryant apart from Kim Kardashian or Muhammad Ali apart from Justin Bieber. The latter might put in their six hours of exercise every week, but there's no way they could deftly maneuver around opponents and slam dunk a basketball in the hoop like NBA ballers. Because those guys have skillz.

That doesn't mean we should give up trying to increase our agility or balance. Health and skills components of fitness actually go hand in hand. It's hard to pursue running if you're tripping over yourself the whole time or increase your strength without increasing your power. You can be healthy and skillful. Our goal: yak racing champion of the world.

We'll also wrap up our testing today with two final strength, endurance, and flexibility assessments: the push-up (yes, the "drop and give me 20" kind) and the sit & reach.

  • Course Length: 18 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Type: Basic
  • Category:
    • Health, Physical Education, and Counseling
    • High School

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Common Core Standards  

The following Common Core Standards are covered in this course: