Children define community and recognize that a class or after-school group is a community because the members share interests and goals and work together. They create a classroom community contract through which they pledge to help the community. Children explore the meaning of good health and the importance of eating well and exercising. Focus Questions: What is a community and what is my role? What is health and why is it important?
Two 20-30 Minute Class Sessions
The children brainstorm ways to teach others about healthy choices for building personal health. They may find creative places and ways to advocate for and educate about healthy choices.
Anticipatory Set (Estimated Time: 10 minutes to introduce the unit and play the game):
Introduce Healthy Youth, Healthy Community as a program that engages young people in taking responsibility for their health and the health of their community. Tell children that they will work together to learn about health and how they can help themselves, their friends, their family, and their community to be healthier.
Anticipatory Set: (Estimated Time: 10 minutes)
Encourage children to share their ideas for building community with people in their other community groups. Discuss what they could do to promote respectful behavior.
Encourage the children to think of ways to teach others about healthy choices for building personal health. They may find creative places and ways to advocate for and educate about healthy choices.
For homework, have children ask all their family members to name their favorite healthy foods. The children write each family member's name and write or draw his or her favorite food. When children bring this to school, post the words and pictures on a bulletin board with the headline, "Eat a Variety of Healthy Foods."
Language Arts: Create a class acrostic (vertical poem) for the word respect. Discuss and brainstorm examples of what it means to show respect for yourself and others (listen, be friendly, be fair, help). Talk about why communities run smoothly when people respect each other (kindness is contagious). Then ask children to propose examples of respect that begin with each letter in the word respect. For example:
R is for rules that we all follow.
E is for everyone in our community.
S is for smiling at neighbors.
P is for playing fairly.
E is for each of us helping one another.
C is for cooperating and working together.
T is for together, the way we want to live and work.
Art: Have children bring in magazine pictures of people eating healthy foods and/or engaged in exercise. The children work cooperatively to make a collage on mural paper. Label the healthy foods and kinds of exercise on the mural. Title the mural “Healthy Means Eating Right and Exercising.”
Math: Tell children to keep track of how many and what vegetables they eat in the next 24 hours. In the next class period, work together to create a bar graph showing the number and types of vegetables they ate. Discuss the graphing results. To make a bar graph, use chart paper to create the categories and columns—write one vegetable at the base of each column (carrots, celery, broccoli, potatoes, lettuce, other). Children use cut squares of paper or self-stick notes for each vegetable they ate. They place the papers in the correct columns of the graph. Align the papers so the columns are easy to compare.
My Classroom Community Pledge
I, ____________________, promise to
follow the rules in my classroom community.
help others in my classroom community.
be respectful of my classroom community.
always try my best to be my best!
Draw a picture of yourself being responsible in your classroom community.
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