Beacon Unit Plan Library

Happy, Healthy Me

Cathy Burgess
Beacon Learning Center (Bay District Schools)

Description

What do you know about keeping fit and healthy? In the Happy Healthy Me unit, students learn about the heart and practice positive health activities to keep their bodies strong and in good condition. They are introduced to the food pyramid and learn the proper balance of nutritional foods. Students become taste testers and experience an alphabet of nutritious snacks. They also discover more about their muscles and bones and the importance of exercise. Later, children learn how healthy habits, sleep, and living tobacco free make for a healthy lifestyle.

Questions

What does it take to have a healthy lifestyle?

Duration

The planned duration of this activity is 14 days.

Associated Files

Unit Plan Overview (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Diagnostic Assessment (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment 1 (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Assessment 2 (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Standards to Use During Unit (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

6 Blocks and Happy, Healthy Me (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Lesson Plans

A Message From Your Heart
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.

Investigating the Food Pyramid
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.

Catching a Balanced Diet
Students learn the importance of balanced meals and select foods that make up a balanced meal by playing a fishing game.

Snacks R Us
Students identify foods that make nutritious snacks. They will analyze snack foods to determine their fat content by completing an experiment.

The ABCs of Healthy Foods
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.

Exercise- The Right Stuff
Students learn regular exercise keeps the body strong and healthy. They make an exercise chain and practice the activities written on the links.

The Inside Story Of Muscles, Bones and Exercise
Students learn the role of physical activity in helping muscles and bones grow strong and stay healthy.

Sleep Central
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.

Invisible Neighbors
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
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.

Web Links

Students learn about the various food groups that make up the food pyramid. Items in a lunch are then classified according to the Food Guide Pyramid.
Get on the Right Track to Healthy Eating
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