Title of Bulletin Board: Color Me Healthy
Suggested Grade Level: K-5
Materials: Construction paper, markers, tape
There are 2 North Carolina Essential standards and clarifying objectives that were met with this project. The first describes understanding MyPlate as a tool for selecting healthy foods, and the second is creating strategies to consume a variety of nutrient dense foods and beverages and to consume less calorie dense and empty calorie foods.
Objectives under the MyPlate standards include classifying food by groups, understanding which foods are beneficial to the body, and the ability to remember activities for fitness and recreation during out-of-school hours. It is important for the children to understand that eating whole foods and getting enough exercise and activity is important to balance the food they eat and to maintain a healthy weight. Students spend a large portion of their day sitting in the classroom. Many activities they participate in are quiet, sedentary activities. Their bodies require physical activity. It is important to incorporate games, sports, fun and play during school and after school hours as well. The benefits from physical activity are significant. Not only does physical activity promote better fitness, it also relates to less illness, appropriate body weight, and a greater ability to focus on learning. Games and sports also develop social skills and healthy emotional outlets.
Creating strategies to consume a variety of nutrient dense foods and beverages is also a crucial part of the curriculum. Promoting to intake of healthy whole foods and beverages is important while trying to discourage eating and drinking calorie dense and empty calorie foods. Students should be able to recognize nutrient dense foods and understand the importance of a healthy breakfast and lunch. The student will identify food as providing nutrients and energy. The student will explain nutrient-dense foods and their characteristics and give examples of foods that are not nutrient-dense and where they are found. Given pictures of food, students should be able to sort nutrient-dense foods from those that are high in calories, fat and sugar. The student will understand the importance of eating a healthy breakfast of lunch and which meals should be the largest and smallest, and why.
Based on my bulletin and comparing it to the curriculum for children, the students did meet my lesson objectives. There are many examples of healthy foods and children actively engaging in physical activity. After reading and comparing the curriculum to my bulletin board, next time I will be sure to include more culturally diverse foods.
I chose to address the issue of nutrition and physical activity because they are essential to living a healthy, happy life. If introduced at an early age it is promoting positive and healthy behavior. If given an opportunity, I would try to include the parents in the educational experience. I would like to integrate hands on activities, and provide nutritious, fun recipes for the children and their families to make together. Teaching the parents is equally important because they are the role models for the children. The children need positive reinforcement at school and at home.
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