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Grade 2

The main focus of these activities is on healthy lifestyles, which include healthy eating and physical activity. Help students make the connection between turning off the TV and other screens and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We have drawn from a variety of strands of curriculum to show how physical activity can be incorporated into the classroom.

Health and Physical Education - ACTIVE PARTICIPATION

By the end of Grade 2, students will:

  • acquire living skills (e.g. basic problem solving, decision making, goal setting and interpersonal skills) through physical activities

Specific Expectations


Living Skills:
Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills and respectful behaviour (e.g. displaying etiquette, playing fairly, co-operating) in physical activities.

See description below

Alphabet Soup:
See description below



Walk, skip, hop, slide, gallop, jump etc., until the music stops or the leader calls out “shapes”. When the leader shows a card with a shape, letter or number on it, use your body to copy the shape. After holding the shape for a few seconds, slowly melt the shape and continue moving. For a more co-operative activity, small groups could work together to form the shapes.

Alphabet Soup

While children are moving about, the teacher/leader calls out a letter. The children try to form that letter with their bodies. After several individual letters, put them into groups to try and spell words (e.g. TOT, LION, BOX). Encourage children to move joints to limit of range when forming letters (e.g. when forming “T” stand straight with arms straight out to sides)


By the end of Grade 2, students will:

  • build three-dimensional objects and models.

Specific Expectations


Three and Two-dimensional Geometry:
Describe and name three-dimensional figures (e.g. cone, cube, sphere, prism).


See above description


By the end of Grade 2, students will:

  • use and spell correctly the vocabulary appropriate for this grade level.

Specific Expectations



Correctly spell the words identified by the teacher/leader.

Spelling Bee:

Identify words relevant to Turn-off the Screens and increasing physical activity. Words can be divided into active words and inactive words. See list below.

Active Words:
playing, jumping, climbing, carrying, stretching, reaching, dancing, walking, skipping, bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, swimming, paddling, hopping, turning, bending, bouncing, running

Inactive Words:
watching, sitting, lying, resting, sleeping, keyboarding

Both Active and Inactive Words: riding, helping, surfing


Emphasize to students that this is a fun and healthy activity as an alternative to TV watching and other screens.

Specific Expectations


Healthy Eating:

Describe the importance of food to the body (e.g. for energy and growth).

Ask the students to make up a rhyme that they could use to play a bouncing ball game or a skipping game for the schoolyard. The directions for creating the rhyme should relate to one of the specific expectations for healthy eating. Ask them to demonstrate it at a physical education time.
Sample Rhyme:
Fruit and veggies, milk and cheese,
Turn-off the Screens is a breeze.
Get active, have some fun.
Eat right and try a run.

Adapted from Central Western Ontario TV-Turnoff Week Leader-Teacher Package 2003

Last Updated: 6/12/2013