Attached is the template for an 8th grade Wellness Plan I do.
Mine is a 2 week project, where we log any progress daily and do all the writing in class-- their job is to work outside of class on a goal of their choosing. My (somewhat tongue in cheek) rules on the goal: It must be challenging, it must be legal, and can't purposefully interfere negatively in someone else's life.
Obviously you'll want to change all of this around to fit what you want to do. I definitely do other lessons while this is going on and we're logging/checking in each day, so it's possible to have this coincide with lots of other content.
Best of luck! Just ask if you have any other questions I can help with.
WELLNESS PLAN WORK
Have them use any scratch piece of notebook paper, not to turn in, to write their analogy item in sentence form:
"I am good with my _________________, because __________________________________________________."
Their job is to brainstorm and write one sentence connecting one of the sides of the Health Triangle (P, M, S) with themselves. Use examples that can help. Share mine if you'd like.
Mr. Todnem's Analogy: "I am good with my physical health, because I keep a good pace when I run.
Criteria: this must be something you are good at. Not the best in the world, but a good characteristic; a good character trait.
Other ideas: I am good with my social health because I move from group of friends to another group of friends and I keep up with everyone. Or…. I am good with my mental health because I can build on other people's ideas, while also building people up with positive words if they ever need.
After letting them brainstorm, write, and even share with people nearby (talking in small groups is okay!), refocus the class and let them know of the second sentence they are writing.
This is now a goal. Have students brainstorm something that they need to improve. If the analogy item was something in life they're pretty good at, this is something else they'd like to get better at. It can be linked to their analogy item, or a completely new thought. Either way is fine.
Wording: "I would like to ____________________________________________________________________."
Mr. Todnem's Goal: "I would like to improve my speed in order to finish races faster."
Have them then work together and peer edit to make their goals SMART: Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Trackable. Feel free to put these on the board somewhere as well.
For instance, if my goal is "I would like to improve on my running speed" it needs more details. A SMART goal would therefore be "I would like to improve on my running speed at the end of races by working on agility and stamina by the end of May." It's specific (how will I achieve it—agility drills, etc), I can measure it (race times), it's attainable (didn't say I was going to win the marathon), it's relevant (that's a real goal for me—didn't make it up just for health class), and it's trackable (time piece—it will happen by the end of May).
Mr. Todnem's SMART Goal: "I would like to improve my speed by working on agility, speed, and nutrition in order to finish races faster by the end of May."
Hand out the hard copies of the Wellness Plan, and have them work to transfer their rough drafts in the first page after the grading rubric.
The final step will be to create a motivational quote to see every day as they log. I will explain more on Tuesday (after the long weekend) on how to log, but we will begin working on our Wellness Plans next week. The work towards their goal will be outside of school, but we will do all the writing in class. Have the students look online to see if they can find any quotes to use for their plan. Give 5-10 minutes as needed for them to socialize and pick a quote. I don't mind socializing, since they'll hopefully be talking about inspirational words and related storied.