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   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 1: Health

  • A Message From Your Heart (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the importance of the heart and show what they know about positive health behaviors that enhance wellness by completing a KWL chart. This is the first lesson, first day in the Happy, Healthy Me unit.
  • Are You Listening to Me? (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify differences between listening and not listening skills. Students learn how to use good listening skills when trying to solve a conflict. Students role-play using listening skills to resolve conflicts.
  • Bicycle Safety (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn how to operate and practice safe behavior on bicycles.
  • Blooming with Self-Confidence (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Many children worry about not being able to do what other children can do. This lesson will help them understand and respect differences in readiness and abilities, as they read the book [Leo the Late Bloomer] and make flowers of their own.
  • Body Buddies (Authored by Jennifer Ryan.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is an interactive way to introduce body parts to first graders. After students are introduced to new vocabulary, they work in pairs to construct and label twenty body parts on a life-size outline of their bodies.
  • Catching a Balanced Diet (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the importance of balanced meals and select foods that make up a balanced meal by playing a fishing game.
  • Exercise - The Right Stuff (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn regular exercise keeps the body strong and healthy. They make an exercise chain and practice the activities written on the links.
  • Fair is Fair (Authored by Teri Grunden.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies, Theater (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn more about the concept of -fairness- by being involved in two unfair activities, role-playing three scenarios, and filling in a web about fairness.
  • Feels Like Christmas, Exploring Touch (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The sense of touch helps us learn about our world by feeling it and learning the size, texture, and shape of things. In this activity, students will classify four different sandpaper shapes by using only their sense of touch.
  • Get Hooked on Conflict Resolution Skills (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After being taught the Peaceworks curriculum for managing conflict, students will participate in a fishing game that encourages the appropriate response when asked questions on conflict resolution skills.
  • Get Hungry for Cooperation (Authored by Shelia Ray.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Physical Education (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students, through music, movement, and literature, are taught the meaning and value of cooperation.
  • Give Me Five! (Authored by Kathryn La Rosa.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Children hear a story about cooperation and identify different ways in which they can use their hands for helping.
  • Go-o-o Tooth! (Authored by Pamela Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify healthy and unhealthy choices which will help them take proper care of their teeth for a lifetime.
  • Helping Hands (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify different ways in which they can use their hands for helping.
  • How Do I Measure Up? (Early Grades) (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students find out more about their bodies and what makes them different by tracing each their partners' bodies on butcher paper. They record their heights and weights, then compare them to the others in the class.
  • How Do Words Feel? - Individually (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students discover how spoken words feel by exploring these same words in textured print.
  • How Do Words Feel? - Small Group (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students place their hands in a cup and decide if the materials inside that cup would describe a word that is harsh or soft.
  • I Like Me (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson celebrates the uniqueness of students and what they like about themselves. Students make collages and display them in the classroom
  • Identifying the Food Groups (Authored by Sendi Palmer.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After reviewing the school's lunch menu, the learner will be able to identify and label the five food groups correctly in a collage.
  • Investigating the Food Pyramid (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn that the food pyramid is an important nutritional tool. They classify foods and compare the number of servings per group that are necessary for maintaining good health by placing empty food containers in grocery bags.
  • Invisible Neighbors (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students understand how keeping the body clean is important for maintaining good health. They demonstrate the importance of washing hands and identify everyday good health and hygiene habits.
  • Living Tobacco Free (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify physical effects of smoking and recognize that tobacco is made of harmful substances. Students find a way to share this information with others.
  • Looks Like Christmas, Exploring Sight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students will explore their sense of sight, learn about the eyes and how to keep them safe, and become familiar with how to help blind people become a part of their world.
  • Meet the Five Food Groups (Authored by Martha Cordell.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is designed to invite first grade students to identify the five food groups and the foods within each group as shown on the food pyramid.
  • Mother, May I Communicate? (Authored by Paula Jones.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is an inexpensive, active way to teach positive communication of needs, wants, and feelings. Through the use of a “Mother, May I?” type game, students have the opportunity to identify problems and to demonstrate ways to react to given problems.
  • My Body (Authored by Carolyn Modawell.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the names and location of the human body parts. Working as a team to find pictures of different body parts, students put them in the correct position on a life size outline of a human body.
  • Name Fame (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn the uniqueness of their names by reading the book, [Chrysanthemum], and completing other integrated math counting and graphing activities.
  • Pass the Manners, Please (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become aware of correct classroom communication and manners by reading the book, [David Goes to School], and playing the Good Manners Pudding Game. This is the first lesson in the All About Me Unit.
  • Peace Pie (Authored by Shelia Ray.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students review peacemaking strategies by identifying their capacity of creating and promoting peace within their classroom, home, community, and world. Fractions are introduced through the making of a -peace pie-.
  • Pencil Pals (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to identify and to use polite words through "I Care" Language vs. non-"I Care" Language.
  • Picture Fists Full of Kisses (Authored by Ann Espersen.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Dissolve fears and evaporate tears anticipated on the first school day. In this handy lesson, students will empathize with the main character in the book THE KISSING HAND and experience a pictograph while learning to tell left hand from right hand.
  • Responsibility Rules! (Authored by Tiffany DuBose.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is a valuable method in teaching students responsibility with home and school tasks. If students in your class need to demonstrate the ability to organize the classroom or a room at home, then this is the lesson for you!
  • Safe Actions (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to distinguish between threatening and nonthreatening situations and role-play what to do when confronted with them.
  • Sleep Central (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about rest and sleep and how their habits may be healthy or unhealthy. Students make conclusions about how much sleep their bodies require by organizing information on a graph.
  • Smells Like Christmas, Exploring the Nose (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of smell helps us to enjoy life and learn about unsafe conditions. Students will smell Christmas by making gingerbread ornaments.
  • Snacks 'R Us (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify foods that make nutritious snacks. They will analyze snack foods to determine their fat content by completing an experiment.
  • Sounds Like Christmas, Exploring Hearing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Also, students learn sound can produce patterns.
  • Tastes Like Christmas, Exploring Taste (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Taste helps us, among other things, to select and enjoy food. In this lesson, students learn about taste buds and the four familiar tastes.
  • That’s Not What I Meant to Say (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students choose the “undesirable” word and replace it with its antonym.
  • The ABCs of Healthy Foods (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students make an alphabet book of nutritional foods using the information they learned about nutrition and the value of different foods. Students also taste the foods represented by the letters they wrote about in their alphabet books.
  • The Best Butter (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students learn the importance of cooperating by working in cooperative groups. The groups are divided to show the many possiblities of how students work together.
  • The Best Times of Our Lives (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students combine their time skills with their understanding of the -I - Care- rules in a game format. They decide if the time card is a good time or a bad time and place the good times on a clock.
  • The Fence (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students become aware of the lasting effects that their words and actions have on people.
  • The Important Thing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Student-made time capsules end the All About Me unit by showcasing important things about individuals in class.
  • The Inside Story of Muscles, Bones and Exercise (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the role of physical activity in helping muscles and bones grow strong and stay healthy.
  • The Peace Table (Authored by Martha Cordell.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The Peace Table engages first-grade students in a healthy way to talk about and handle feelings.
  • To Tell or Not to Tell (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: By filling out an application, students receive a license to tattle. When completing the application, the student will identify the problem, decide if he or she can solve it on his or her own, and write three nice things about the person that he or she wants to tattle on.
  • Train Talk (Authored by Pat Commander.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to retell specific information. They will listen and interpret train whistle signals and work cooperatively to play the game “I’m Going on a Train Trip."
  • Trash It (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to throw away their mean thoughts instead of saying them to the person with whom they are upset.
  • What's on Your Plate? (Authored by Wendy Wood.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students create mock dinner plates. On these plates, they include magazine cutouts of foods from each of the groups in the food guide pyramid.
  • What's Your Temperature? (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: When students lose their temper, they have trouble calming down. This lesson offers two ways to teach them how to keep from getting “boiling mad.”
  • Who Is Who? (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This wonderful ice breaker, for the first day of class, will help students to look at themselves in relationship to others, and to get to know each other. Use this as an introduction to a unit on self-esteem and Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.
  • Whodunit? (Authored by Kim Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a way to integrate conflict resolution using positive behavior. The student chooses a community member, shows how to resolve a conflict, and trades writing with a classmate.
  • Winning Resolutions (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After being taught -I Care Rules- for handling conflicts, students will role play different situations and use the -I Care- rules to handle the conflicts.
  • You Are What You Eat (Middle School) (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students self-assess their personal snack habits and design a healthy snack to share with others.

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