Learning Intentions

1. To increase understanding of what makes a positive active role model, and to use this to be positive active role models themselves.
2. Identify personal strengths to enable students to be more active.

Activities

  • Discussion 1 - Active role models

    Duration

    10-15 minutes

    Description

    Could complete while standing up

    Definition: A role model is a person that we look up to, try to be like and go to for help or guidance.

    1. Ask, “What qualities do you think a positive role model has?”

    2. Ask, “What qualities do you think a positive active role model has?”

    3. Compare this to an ‘unhealthy’ active role model (e.g., Homer Simpson). Ask, “What qualities would an ‘unhealthy’ active role model have?” (e.g., lazy).

    Reflect on the positive and negative qualities identified in the discussion and consider which of those they can identify in themselves. Strong focus on how their positive qualities are enabling them to be active, how they feel when they are active and how they could use these positive qualities even more. Have them consider how they can be role models in different settings; at home with their parents and siblings by encouraging them to be active; at school by modelling ‘being active’ at recess and lunchtime and encouraging younger students to be more active.

    Equipment

    • White board markers
    • Health & PE books
    • Pens/pencils

    Modification / Extension

    Ask students to write about the characteristics they have that make them a good active role model. Students can then write about how they can be a better active role model.

  • Activity 1 - How to be an active role model

    Duration

    15-20 minutes

    Description

    Complete while standing up.

    In partners, students role-play a scenario where they are a positive active role model and get a friend/family member to be more active.

  • Activity 2 - Write a profile, interview or chapter of a biography

    Duration

    15-20 minutes

    Description

    Students write a profile, interview script, or a chapter of a biography about their favourite active role model (can be a sports star). Include: name of role model, age/date of birth, birth place, profession, and why that person is a positive active role model.

    Equipment

    • Access to a computer and internet
    • Pens/pencils

    Modification / Extension

    Students write a letter to their active role model, explaining how that person is a good role model and thanking them. The letter could be posted or emailed.