Work Out Your Wild Side: Youth Physical Education Challenge
Get your students and children up and moving while teaching them the importance of species and habitats with Wild Classroom's Work Out Your Wild Side challenge!
Enjoy daily exercises tied to fun facts about species found in each of our five habitat-themed weeks. Pick and choose your exercises or complete all five weeks in full. Follow up the challenge by having your students/children complete the journal writing assignment to reflect on their experience. We invite all families, classes, and youth groups to join us as we take a break and stretch our wings, fins, and paws!
Select a week to learn more about the available physical education activities.
All life needs water – it provides food, energy, and business. Flap your wings and get ready to jump as you learn about species that call these important habitats home.
Did you know?
- More than 10% of all animals and 50% of fish species are found in freshwater habitats such as lakes, rivers, and wetlands.
- Less than 1% of water on the planet is accessible fresh water.
- Freshwater habitats are threatened by climate change, population growth, pollution, and development.
The ocean helps regulate climate and provides oxygen for people everywhere. Take a deep breath, stretch your fins and flippers, and dive beneath the surface with some fascinating marine creatures!
Did you know?
- The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and contains habitats such as coral reefs, mangroves, and kelp forests.
- Scientists estimate that more than two million species live in the ocean, and nine out of ten species haven’t yet been discovered.
- The ocean’s health is threatened by climate change, overfishing, and pollution (especially plastic).
Forest habitats are some of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Whether you’re swinging from the tree tops or prowling through the forest floor, discover unique abilities of these well-known forest dwellers.
Did you know?
- Nearly three-quarters of all life on land is found in forest habitats (including 750 million people).
- Forests provide food, water, medicine, and clean air while soaking up carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that cause climate change.
- Forest habitats are threatened by expanding agriculture, illegal or unsustainable logging, and development.
Roam, buzz, and flutter your way through this week as you demonstrate movements similar to species that thrive in these rich areas also known as prairies.
Did you know?
- Grasslands are found in areas where a lot of grass and grasslike plants grow close to the soil and regrow after being chewed on.
- Grasslands provide food and habitat for pollinators such as bees and butterflies, grazers such as zebra and bison, and predators such as lions and cheetahs.
- Grasslands are threatened by human development, mainly for agricultural use.
Polar habitats include the Arctic region in the North and the Antarctic region in the South. Get ready to break a sweat while you learn about these animals surrounded by ice.
Did you know?
- Despite the frigid, harsh conditions, the North and South Poles have rich biodiversity on land and in the sea.
- The North and South Poles are important migrating grounds for many species, including whales.
- Polar habitats are threatened by climate change, oil and gas development, overfishing, and pollution.
Substitute any of the weeks' exercises with these low-impact options.
Teachers/parents/guardians must enter their information and submit a photo of one reflective journal entry on behalf of their class/family using the form below. Deadline for entries is May 14, 2021. Each entrant will be entered into a random drawing to receive one grand prize pack. The grand prize pack will consist of one class/family set of Wild Classroom activity books, stickers, and small plush animals, as well as a one-on-one web call with a WWF expert to be scheduled near Endangered Species Day 2021 (May 21, 2021). See official rules for more details.
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Photos: River dolphins © Shutterstock/COULANGES/WWF-Sweden; Frog and crocodile, iStockphoto.com; Black-winged stilt © Staffan Widstrand/Wild Wonders of China/WWF; Salmon © Michel Roggo/WWF; Water © iStockphoto.com; Whitetip shark © Simon Lorenz/WWF-Hong Kong; Crab © Nick Riley/WWF-Madagascar; Sea turtle © naturepl.com / Doug Perrine / WWF; Giant clam © iStockphoto.com; Bluefin tuna © Brian J. Skerry/National Geographic Stock/WWF; Forest © Mac Stone/WWF-US; Siberian tiger © naturepl.com/Edwin Giesbers/WWF; Elephant © naturepl.com/Nick Garbutt/WWF; Javan rhino © Stephen Belcher Photography/WWF; Jaguar © Staffan Widstrand/WWF; Bornean orangutan © Richard Barrett/WWF-UK; Grasses © WWF-US/Emily Vandenbosch; Plains bison © Thomas Szajner/WWF-US; Pangolin © Suzi Eszterhas/Wild Wonders of China/WWF; Black-footed ferret © KristyBly/WWF; Monarch butterfly © iStockphoto.com; Bee © Adam Voorhes/WWF-US; Ice © WWF/Sindre Kinnerød Polar bear © Richard Barrett/WWF-UK; Caribou © David McGeachy/WWF-Canada; Walruses © Tom Arnbom/WWF-Sweden; Blue whale © www.naturepl.com; Gentoo penguin © Alex Voyer/Silverback/Netflix; Lake © Flavio Vallenari - 2015; Giant panda © Michel Gunther/WWF; Hippo © WWF-US/Jeff Muller; Western lowland gorilla © naturepl.com/T.J. Rich/WWF; Sloth © Shutterstock/Lukas Kovarik/WWF; Octopus © www.naturepl.com; Snow Leopard © naturepl.com/Andy Rouse/WWF