Jumping for Fitness

Contributor: Lisa Ott. Lesson ID: 12938

Can you pull up trees with your nose? Would you eat 300 pounds of food every day? Can you lift a car with your teeth? You can do something elephants can't: jump! Jump into this lesson and have fun!


Health and Wellness, Life Science

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

  • Did you know that elephants can't jump?

Why not, you may ask. It's because they don't have to. Animals that can jump, however, really know how to jump!

You have more in common with an elephant than you might imagine.

Elephants are very social creatures, offering hugs by wrapping their trunks together to show affection. They have great memories, and show emotion like you do!

elephants hugging

But elephants can't jump. Can you?

In this lesson, you will explore why animals jump, as well as practice making jumping a part of your daily routine.

  • So why do animals jump?

There are many reasons why animals with the ability to jump, do jump.

Some animals jump to move faster.

Some jump to catch their prey.

Some animals jump to get away from predators.

Some animals jump just to get from place to place.

And some animals jump because it's fun!

You may enjoy jumping as part of a game, play, or exercise.

  • Why do you think the animals pictured below are jumping?

  • Just how far can some animals jump?

Explore 16 Super Jumping Animals (invorma.com) to find out more!

Now, it's time to find out just how far you can jump.

Explore practicing and measuring your jumps in the Got It? section. Get ready to jump!

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