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PowerPlay: Fitness and Physical Activity

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, and Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD
PowerPlay: Fitness and Physical Activity

The three-story high Power Tower is comprised of six integrated towers.
Courtesy of the Children's Museum of Houston.

PowerPlay fitness lessons, conducted in conjunction with physical challenges at the Children’s Museum of Houston’s PowerPlay exhibit, promote student understanding, positive attitudes, and healthy behaviors related to physical activity and diet. Physical activities focus on cardiovascular, strength, flexibility and balance training.

PowerPlay lessons are divided into two sections: Half conducted before visiting the Museum, and half conducted post-visit. All lessons follow the 5E instructional model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend and Evaluate), and meet Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) objectives for science and health.

Even if you are unable to visit the Museum, PowerPlay lessons can be used in any classroom to explore health and fitness topics with students (see “Ideas for Teachers Without Access to the Children’s Museum of Houston,” page iv in the PDF).

The PowerPlay project is a partnership between Baylor College of Medicine and the Children's Museum of Houston.

Download: PowerPlay Teacher’s Guide

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Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: R25RR022697