Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (K-2)

Unit of 5 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Health and PE
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Science
Social Studies
Mathematics
Issue Area: 
Hunger (poverty)
Focus Question 

Focus Question: Why is it important to practice healthy living  habits and advocate for healthy living practices in a community? 

Unit Overview 
Students explore healthy living habits for themselves and for their community. They practice making healthy food choices, exercising and helping people of the community do the same. Learners develop a service-learning project based on a community needs assessment.
Service Experience 
Students advocate for and educate others about healthy choices. They may hold a healthy food fair or create informational posters; write poetry that uses creativity and humor to teach about healthy habits; plan an event for which they bring in a variety of healthy breads for a taste-testing event and include public service announcements to encourage others to eat healthy. They may want to do a skit or demonstrate how to make healthy snacks. They may challenge people through a walk-a-thon or a pledge to eat better or exercise more regularly. 
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (K-2)
Lesson 1 of 5
Grades: 
K
1
2

Children define community and recognize that a class or after-school group is a community because the members share interests and goals and work together. They create a classroom community contract through which they pledge to help the community. Children explore the meaning of good health and the importance of eating well and exercising. Focus Questions:  What is a community and what is my role? What is health and why is it important?

Unit: 
Healthy Youth, Healthy Community (K-2)
Lesson 3 of 5
Grades: 
K
1
2

This lesson explores the components of healthy living: eating healthy foods and exercise. Children identify their favorite healthy foods and forms of exercise that help them live a healthy life. They explore their school and home neighborhoods for healthy food and exercise options. Focus question: What foods and activity choices are important for healthy living?