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Defining the Dimensions of Wellness


P.E. & Health  


9, 10, 11, 12  

Title – Defining the Dimensions of Wellness

By – Jim Bowes

Primary Subject – Health / Physical Education

Secondary Subjects – Health / Physical Education

Grade Level – 9-12

Purpose: To introduce students to the dimensions of wellness using small group discussion and collaborative activity.

Materials: “Post-It” easel pad, or regular ease and masking tape for posting pages on walls. Post/tape five sheet of easel paper on the walls, providing as much space between the pages as possible. Title them: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, and Spiritual)

Time: One class period (between 30-45 minutes)

Introduction: Ask students to talk about what “health” means to them, and by contrast what “wellness” means to them. Have students discuss what relationship exists between health and wellness. Introduce students to the Dimensions of Wellness (Social, Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Spiritual).

Activity: Break students into five small groups, and give each group a marker. Have each group take a station before one of the five dimensions, and instruct them to consider what behaviors, characteristics and elements are a part of their assigned dimension. Place a time limit on this according to your class period, but it shouldn’t exceed more than five minutes per dimension.

Have students rotate from dimension to dimension, brainstorming each. If a sheet fills up and a second one is necessary, provide it, but instruct the group that they cannot duplicate the contributions of any prior group.

Wrap Up: Have students walk around the room following the last dimension to see how each dimension turned out. Follow up with large group discussion about how the individual dimensions were defined, overlap and relationships between the dimensions, etc. Conclude by asking them to arrive at their own functional definitions of health and wellness.

Alternate Activity: Assign each group to fully explore ONE dimension to which they are assigned and have each group teach the others about their assigned dimension.


Jim Bowes


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