Happy, Healthy Habits

Happy, Healthy Habits lesson plan

Active kids are likely to be physically fit, make friends, be confident, and strive for goals! Their drawings capture the joys of an active, healthy lifestyle.

  • 1.

    Ask students to list their favorite physical activities. Team sports, dance, martial arts, hiking, walking, backyard games, biking? With Crayola® Washable Markers, students make a chart showing all of the physical activities for themselves and their classmates.

  • 2.

    What are the benefits of these physical activities? What is learned from being part of a team or group? Why is physical activity important for good health? Students answer these questions and add the benefits of being active to the chart.

  • 3.

    Use Crayola Crayons to draw yourself participating in your favorite active sport or hobby. Show the benefits of the activity, such as reaching goals, self-expression, pride, teamwork, energy, strength, or enjoyment. Make the drawings colorful and eye-catching. Mix new colors by layering light coats of various crayon colors. Fill the whole paper with color.

Standards

  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade level topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • MATH: Represent and interpret data.
  • SS: Describe ways in which language, stories, folktales, music, and artistic creations serve as expressions of culture and influence behavior of people living in a particular culture.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

Adaptations

  • Possible classroom resources include: Wallie Exercises by Steve Ettinger; Oh the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You!: All About Staying Healthy by Tish Rabe; We Like to Move: Exercise is Fun by Elise April
  • Students collect data about physical activities of classmates. Students create a graph illustrating the data collected. Once completed, students will write a brief summary of what information they gained from the graph. Title the graph and illustrate it using Crayola Colored Pencils.
  • Working in small groups, students compose a rap song whose theme is healthy movement. Students word process or hand write the rap song and illustrate it. Provide class time for the group to practice before they perform their original song for the class. Invite parents to performances!