Health Education News for Sept. – Dec. 2018
5th and 6th
Our focus in health will be to encourage students to make safe, good choices and build healthy habits that will lead to a healthy lifestyle. Our first topic will be to explore how to maintain personal balance between electrical device time and being physically active. One of our first lessons discusses the importance of rest and sleep. In our discussion groups it was revealed that when asked the question, “Who has trouble getting to sleep?” I was shocked at the number of student’s that said yes. So we decided to do an experiment/challenge and see if giving up all visual electronics 2 hours before bedtime will have any effect on their sleep? I will be curious to see the results.
In Oct. we will be studying the skeletal system and will have some fun “bone awareness” challenges for them. In Nov. and Dec. our focus moves to the concepts needed to be physically fit. We will be taking our fitness test results and analyze our strengths and areas that need improvement and make physical fitness goals. We then move on to study disease prevention and the proper use of drugs and medicines and their effect on our bodies. We will discuss how the daily choices they make will lead to healthy habits for the rest of their lives.
3rd grade & 4th grade
Students in these grades will begin the year studying the importance of being physically active. They will explore what the physical activity pyramid is and learn the fitness categories of aerobic exercise (running endurance), anaerobic exercise (flexibility and strength) and examine how inactivity can lead to obesity in their older life. We will also be discussing how to balance the use of electronic devices and keeping their bodies fit. As they devise their personal physical activity pyramid it will give us an opportunity to evaluate their own level of physical activity and reflect on areas they may want to increase or decrease to achieve a healthy lifestyle.
In Oct. both grades will take a break from making their pyramids to do a brief unit on the skeletal system and have some bone fun. In Dec. fourth grade will take time to review personal results after taking the state mandated fitness test and will devise physical fitness goals. Third grade will begin studying disease and personal hygiene habits to prevent illness and disease. Fourth grade will also work on this topic when they are done evaluating their fitness levels. Both grades will learn about how medicine and drugs effect our bodies and how to use them safely.
1st & 2nd grade
In Sept. students in these grades will be learning about their bodies and how their senses work. They will be offered multisensory opportunities to explore how the sensory system works and why these systems are important in our daily lives. In Oct. we will be studying the skeletal system and learn what bones are and what their function is and how to keep them safe. We will have some fun drawing our bodies as skeletons as well as build them with Cheetos that are bone shaped. In Nov. & Dec. we will be studying disease and the importance of handwashing and covering their sneezes/coughs to prevent spreading disease. We will conclude the month with the importance of physical activity and how it can help with stress management and improve their physical fitness.
Kindergarten & Preschool
The youngest students in our schools will begin the school year learning about themselves. We will study body parts and our senses. The children will participate in activities to bring awareness of their function such as wearing blind folds to feel items and guess what they are. As well as smelling spices and extracts to see if we like them. We will also learn to categorize between soft and rough, small and big, hot and cold and to identify shapes and colors.
Students will also be learning how to identify their body parts and we will practice by singing the song “Mat Man”, which is part of the Hand Writing without Tears program. The goal through this program is for the children to draw themselves with proper body parts placed in the right configuration.
In October we will study the skeletal system, its function and explore X-rays of bones. We will discuss what other creatures have bones and look at their skeletal systems. In Nov. we move on to study germs and disease and the importance of hand washing to avoid getting sick. In December we discuss how medicines and drugs, when used safely, can help our bodies when we are ill.