Can you name one or more things in life that you do without the use of your body? Think about it a minute.
Is there even one?
Even unconscious acts…the acts of sleeping… dying…thinking… breathing… all occur via the physical body.
And this is the first lesson of the Healthy Kids Project: That we need and use our bodies for every single thing we do in life… and that is why it is vitally important to take good care of them.
From this entry point, the Healthy Kids Project uses song, movement, animation, and a cast of perfectly imperfect characters to deliver key messaging that contrasts healthy choices and attitudes with unhealthy behaviors. The program is created to engage all different kinds of learners, be they visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. The project consists of 10 sixty-second videos and associated lesson plans for the classroom to educate and excite K-2nd graders on key concepts about health.
To view videos, visit the Healthy Kids Project Featuring the Zuber Tubers.
You now have a simple way to help children learn healthy habits without taking time away from core subjects!
The Healthy Kids lesson plans are free for use in your individual school classrooms. The lessons meet Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards in reading, math, science, and social studies while simultaneously imparting key concepts about health.
Each lesson begins with a 60-second video containing lively animation and music. The videos can be used in order (1-10) to create a full story arc, or individually as standalone spots. The videos can be played over and over to introduce different lesson activities while reinforcing the key health messages via the songs and stories. Likewise, in each lesson plan, you’ll find an “a la carte” list of activities that can be used individually or in conjunction with each other, as you choose. This gives you the maximum flexibility to decide how these units can fit best into your classroom, your curriculum, and your schedule.
However you use the materials, the important thing is to use them. Teaching even one child the importance of caring for the body can positively impact generations to come.
Lesson Plan: Hello, Body Lesson Plan: The Couch Potato Blues Overview: Help Each Other
Resource: My Hands Help Others
Resource: Sequence the Story
Lesson 6: Help Each Other (Bilingual)
Lesson Plan: Help Each Other Lesson Plan: Foods That Grow