I hope you have enjoyed your healthy choices freebies this week! Did you download the concept attainment package? … the three different healthy choices class book templates? … the journal cover and pages? … the healthy choices interview templates? Check out more teaching ideas for use in your healthy choices unit in this blogpost. Have you created a free or paid healthy choices resource? Link up at the end of the post!
21 Teaching Ideas
1. Reading Corner – Set up a cozy reading corner in your classroom. Fill the reading corner with pillows, a throw rug, and buckets of books and magazines related to making healthy choices.
2. Reading Review Display – Copy a number of outlines of apples, toothbrushes, running shoes, etc. Students write the name of a book they have read about healthy choices inside the outline. They also write one sentence about what they liked or didn’t like about the book and indicate if they would recommend the book for others to read.
3. Oral Reading – Have each student choose a book on healthy habits. It can be a fiction story or non-fiction book at their independent reading level. Students come up with one or two questions about their book. Have students read their books and ask their questions to a reading buddy or to students from a younger class.
4. Brain Break Videos – There are a number of great brain break videos on You Tube that you can use with the students in your class. If you want ideas of videos to use, visit my BrainBreak Pinterest board. If you haven’t yet incorporated brain breaks into your classroom routine, now would be a good time to start!
5. Grocery Flyers – Bring in enough grocery flyers so that each student has a copy. They can be flyers from different stores or from the same store. Students find 10 pictures of healthy foods and 5 pictures of treats or foods for special occasions. Explain to students that it is okay to have a “treat” once in awhile, but that most of the foods they should eat should be healthy.
6. Daily Exit Cards – At the end of each day, give students an exit card and have them write one or two things they did during the day that were healthy choices. Post all these exit cards on a bulletin board with a caption that reads something like, “Look At All The Healthy Choices We Make.”
7. Healthy Choices Log – Students keep a log of all the healthy choices they have made during the length of the unit. They can write or draw pictures to record their choices.
8. Posters – Have students create posters that focus on living a healthy lifestyle. Students can hang these posters throughout the school as reminders to other students.
9. Pamphlets – Assign different healthy behaviours to students and have them create a pamphlet that outlines what people need to do to promote that behaviour in their life (dental care, get active, eat healthy, etc.).
10. Food For a Day – Ask students to plan their eating for one day. Tell them they can eat whatever they want for the entire day. Have them make a list of the foods they will eat. Encourage them to give reasons for their choices. Have students share their “food for a day” lists with a partner. As a class, discuss whether most students focused on healthy or unhealthy food choices.
11. Surveys – As a class, come up with a series of questions students could ask other students while outside for recess on the playground. Put students into different groups to conduct the surveys. After students have gathered this data, post the results on a graph and hang outside the classroom for everyone to see.
12. Food Diaries – Have students keep a food diary over the course of a week. At the end of the week, have students individually tally up how many “healthy” foods they ate and how many “unhealthy” foods they ate. Combine the totals of the students and compare the results.
13. Math Problems – Inform the students that they are going to play the role of the teacher and create math problems for the other students to solve. Students should incorporate aspects of healthy choices into their problems. For example, one child might write a problem about the number of minutes he played hockey during the week, another child might write a problem about how many fruits and vegetables she ate that day. Be sure to have students make answer keys for their problems.
14. Poster Collages – Bring in magazines and have students create poster collages of “healthy foods to eat” and “activities that are healthy.” Whenever students have free time, they can work on these posters.
15. Clay Meals – Ask students to “prepare” a healthy meal out of clay. Give each student a paper plate and have them make the meal items out of play dough or clay. Extend this activity into writing and have students write about the meal they created and why they chose each item.
16. Butcher Paper Picture – Roll out a sheet or two of butcher paper and have the students draw pictures of healthy behaviours. The paper could be the width or length of the classroom. After each of the “HUGE” healthy behaviours picture is completed, hang in the classroom for a week or so and then have a draw so that some lucky student can take it home!
17. Charades – Print a number of healthy and unhealthy behaviours on slips of paper. Students take turns picking a slip of paper and acting out the behaviour for the rest of the class. The classmates need to determine the behaviour and state whether it is a healthy or unhealthy behaviour.
18. Commercials – Put students into groups and have them create a commercial about living a healthy lifestyle. Consider taping these commercials and have a “viewing” day where students bring in healthy snacks (carrot sticks, apple slices, etc.) and watch the commercials created by their classmates.
19. Games – Have students create a new game that gets them up and moving. Students can work in partners or small groups for this activity. Ask students to give their game a name. Each day, play one or two of the games the students have created.
20. Puppet Plays – Provide students with puppets and have them come up with a short one to two minute puppet play about making healthy choices.
21. Songs – Ask students to form triads and compose a song about being active and healthy. Give students about 20 minutes to come up with their songs and then have them share their songs with the rest of the class.
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- Healthy Choices Part 1: How to Use Concept Attainment in Healthy Choices Unit
- Healthy Choices Part 2: How to Create Class Book on Healthy Choices
- Healthy Choices Part 3: 5 Creative Ways to Reach All Learners in Healthy Choices Unit
- Healthy Choices Part 4: How to Use Interviews in Healthy Choices Unit
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