Most kids should get between 10 to 11 hours of sleep each night. Why so much? Sleep gives the body a chance to rest, repair itself, and prepare for the next day. The following activities will help your students learn why sleep is important for a healthy body and mind.
We’re sure you’re seeing a lot of students dealing with feelings of anxiousness and worry, and it may be difficult to know how to help, especially if you’re trying to cope with your own worries.
With the anxiety worksheets below, you can assist your students by helping them identify the source of their anxiety and with coping strategies that can be used to deal with those feelings.
This website lists a series of videos teachers could use to help students learn calming techniques. By using these videos, students will improve their mindfulness, focus, attention, and irritability. These techniques are healthy practices and behaviors to maintain and improve personal health.
Daniel and Miss Elaina try new food -- with mixed results! Help kids understand that being able to try new food is an important skill to learn.
In this episode of Happy Healthy Kids, Miss Kelsey introduces kids to the five food groups. Eating a balanced diet makes us feel good about ourselves so we can spread kindness to others. This video can be played during a lesson on healthy food choices.
Center for Healthy Minds well-being expert Chad McGehee leads children through a brief breathing practice that can be used to foster attention and calm. To do the activity, students open and close their hands as they focus on “catching the end of their breath." This video can be played during a lesson on healthy behaviors.
Take a trip to the dentist in this video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek. Discover why different animals have different kinds of teeth and what kinds of teeth humans have. You'll be able to answer the questions: What are the parts of a tooth? What is a cavity and how can you keep your teeth and gums healthy.
In this episode of Happy Healthy Kids, Miss Kelsey explains how brushing keeps us smiling. Do you know how long you should brush and how often? Let’s find out!
EVERFI's Healthier Me is an innovative, games-based elementary school health curriculum that educates elementary school students about the importance of well-balanced meals and physical activity. These elementary health lesson plans prepare students to make healthy, informed decisions when it comes to nutrition and fitness, securing a healthier and happier future for the next generation.
This alignment results from the ALEX Health/PE COS Resource Alignment Summit.
The Beantown Jumpers, a Boston-area Double Dutch jump rope team, fosters healthy and active lifestyles through sports and athletics. Watch them train, in this video from Arthur: "Arthur Weighs In."
This free video resource from PBS LearningMedia teaches students about nutritious food and healthy eating habits. This Fizzy's Lunch Lab video and related lesson plan provide an informative overview of food and nutrition topics with an emphasis on vegetables. Using these materials, students will learn that veggies contain specific nutrients that promote health and prevent disease.
This free video resource from PBS LearningMedia teaches students about healthy food choices. This stop motion animation shows what a healthy meal should look like based on the USDA My Plate model. Narrated by a young child who wants to fill her plate with dinner rolls and an adult who explains why that is not a balanced meal, A Healthy Plate provides an easy-to-follow visual that breaks down portion sizes for grains, fruits, vegetables, protein, and dairy.
This is a free resource from PBS LearningMedia. In this video, students learn how Leo Koch (age 9, Maine) chooses healthy foods, like those in his Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winning recipe for Vegan Superhero Soup, to fuel his competitive running and help manage his diabetes.
In this classroom resource from PBS LearningMedia, students watch a video about getting and keeping fit in a non-judgemental way. When Arthur doesn't fit into his costume for the play, he's shocked to learn that he's become "husky-sized." Now he's serious about getting in shape. Will he turn to an all-protein diet? Eat only herbs and berries? Or will he try something really radical... like exercise?! This is a free resource. This resource also includes links to additional activities to use with the video.
Serving Up MyPlate is a collection of classroom materials that helps elementary school teachers integrate nutrition education into Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Health. This yummy curriculum introduces the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and a variety of hands-on activities. Students also learn the importance of physical activity in staying healthy.
This is a free classroom resource from PBS LearningMedia. Students watch a video to learn how to cut their sugar intake.
This is a sorting activity from PBS LearningMedia. Students identify healthy snacks and junk foods in this sorting activity. Students will collect and cut images from magazines, newspapers, and grocery flyers and sort them into three categories: green (foods high in protein, fiber, and other nutrients), yellow (foods with moderate levels of fats, sugar, or refined carbohydrates), and red (junk food). The students will associate each color with the colors of a traffic light - green for go, yellow for slow, and red for stop. Foods in the green category can be eaten in an unlimited amount, foods in the yellow category can be eaten sometimes, and foods in the red category should be eaten only once in a while.