This Grade 4 Health teaching resource offers an in-depth coverage of all the indicators for the outcome USC4.1: Assess what healthy eating and physical activity mean for pre-adolescence.
Although it has been written to meet the outcome and indicators for the Saskatchewan Health curriculum, it will meet the needs of educators teaching students about how healthy eating and physical activity impacts their lives.
Lessons are presented in the order of the indicators:
a. Examine personal, past and present, knowledge about healthy eating and physical activity (exercise is important to health, trends such as jogging and home gyms, females and exercise/sports)
b. Investigate personal, family, community and cultural factors that influence healthy eating (time, serving size, cultural food practices and values, water consumption, access to healthy foods)
c. Discuss factors of healthy eating over which one has control (drinking more water)
d. Explain the importance of particular eating practices including drinking water as a thirst quencher and eating breakfast
e. Demonstrate an understanding of healthy food choices (analyze nutritional values of particular foods) and serving sizes that support good health (Canada’s Food Guide)
f. Investigate personal, family, community and cultural factors that influence physical activity (time, cultural practices and values, access, safety)
g. Review the health benefits of regular physical activity and the health risks of inactivity for pre-adolescence
h. Investigate peer norms and popular trends related to healthy eating and physical activity
i. Explore the consequences (both positive and negative) of following or resisting peer norms and/or popular trends related to eating and physical activity
j. Investigate the physical activity opportunities in the community that benefit and/or challenge mental , socio-emotional, and spiritual well-being for pre-adolescence (develop personal gifts, and potential)
k. Investigate personal changes that need to be made for better nutrition (serving sizes, variety of foods) and appropriate amounts of physical activity (Canada’s Guide to Physical Activity)
About this unit:
You should read a picture book to introduce every lesson in this unit. The book should be connected in some way with the concept of the lesson. Each indicator has a list of suggestions for picture books.
Page 37 contains an anecdotal record keeping sheet. Each column could be for one student. Write the date in each block to record your observation. You can also use one sheet per student.
These notes will prove to be invaluable at report card time when you have to write comments regarding the student’s work and participation in class.
Other titles for the Saskatchewan Grade 4 Health curriculum are:
Grade 4 Health I Can Statements
Traditional, First Nations and Western Medicine
Personal Responsibility for Safety
One's Sense of Identity
Healthy Stress Management
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