Health News January – March 2018
Grades 3 – 6
Students will begin the New Year studying disease. They will learn the difference between communicable and non-communicable diseases. We will discuss the implications per disease and when it is appropriate to see your doctor. The topic of safety with medicine and drugs will be addressed and why we might need to take medicine to help us get well. The health room will be converted to the “Scotland Wellness Center” where students will explore the roles of a doctor or nurse and will interview and be responsible for the care of their patient. This will include diagnosing the illness and then recommending appropriate care for becoming well again.
In February, students will study the effect advertising has on the promotion of health products. Their assignment will be to make a poster to promote the product they invented or a health product already on the market.
In March we will begin our unit about Nutrition. These grades will be studying food groups, the food pyramid and how to make healthy choices for snacks and meals. Grades 3 & 4 will be completing a food group poster and will learn how to read the nutrition facts on food products. All grades will learn how to read a nutrition label, they will analyze a menu from a fast food restaurant and see how their food choices rate on the healthy meter and hopefully open their eyes to healthier choices they can make while eating out. We will also be conducting an experiment to measure how much sugar and salt are in prepackaged foods and the effect some of these products have on their health.
Preschool – 2nd grade
Students will begin the school year finishing their experience of being a nurse or doctor and assessing their patients at the Scotland Wellness Center (also known as the health room). Students are measuring height and weight and then interviewing patients to diagnosis illnesses and recommending a care plan. They are having a lot of fun with this activity and learning that a visit to the doctor doesn’t have to be scary.
Our next unit will be how to keep our hair, skin and teeth well cared for. Students will be invited to participate in a tooth brushing program where the tooth fairy will reward good brusher/flossers with a prize pack once completing their bi-weekly chart.
These grades will also participate in an “egg”periment to see the effect that soda/sugar has on teeth. We will be using hard boiled eggs to simulate teeth and soak some of them in cola soda and others in water. After a few days of observation we will then brush our egg/teeth with toothpaste and see what happens. Hopefully this will encourage better brushing and flossing for your children.
In mid-February to March we will be studying the importance of eating healthy foods and nutrition. Students will explore foods in all the different food groups and how to use the food pyramid and the My Plate programs to categorize the food groups. In grades 1 – 2 we will finalize this unit with the completion of a Food Poster and participate in grocery shopping and cooking their meal in the pretend kitchen.