At Falmouth elementary school we believe that wellness and education are interconnected. Our goal is to use this blog as a tool for the community to see how we highlight wellness activities at our school.
Students from Mrs. Paradis' class listen to Mrs. Sparks as she reads books focused on healthy eating habits. Some of the titles the library featured: Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert, Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert, The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons, and Rah Rah Radishes by April Pulley Sayre.
Nutrition focus in Physical Education
Students from Mrs. Langston's class listen to Ms. Doe as they talk about making healthy choices to fill up "my plate". Student's shared their choices of fruits, grains, vegetables, protein and dairy to have a healthy balanced meal.
Students in Mr. Rosenblum's classroom utilized the outdoor classroom to engage in Tai chi on a beautiful sunny morning.
Mrs. Tierney's Rainbow of Healthy Snacks
Mrs. Tierney's class add color to the rainbow of healthy snacks in their classrooms. The students pick the color that best represents their snacks. For example, if they had a banana they would add yellow to the rainbow.
Student's in Ms. Wheeler's classroom study the different body systems.
The classes of Wheeler and Westra are studying the digestive system as part of the Human Body science unit. We spent today's class looking at where nutrients come from and which foods give us those nutrients. We are also focusing on different things we can do to keep our body systems healthy and working right...from eating foods rich in calcium to help our bones/skeletal system to stretching and warming up/cooling down when exercising (muscular systems) and refraining from smoking (respiratory system) etc. The goal of the next two lessons is to reinforce that much of what we eat helps keep our systems running smoothly.
Students studying for the quiz on the body systems
A message from Kathy Earle 3-5 Physical Education Teacher:
In conjunction with our nutrition focus for the month of March, I have, once again, organized a "Mystery Fruit and Vegetable" Guessing Game" in PE. Martha Poliquin is providing a different mystery fruit and vegetable each week during March for us. Students may make one guess for the fruit and one guess for the vegetable each week. Ballots/guesses are collected in the gym during PE or before school.
The students can do research to figure out the fruits and vegetables or take a trip to the grocery store with their parents.
On Friday morning of each week, the lucky (correct) guesser for the fruit and vegetable will be drawn. The "prize" is an extra activity period for his/her class to play Jedi Knight.
Something new this year... Martha is providing "tastes" of the mystery fruits and vegetables on Fridays for the students. Hot and cold lunch students will have a chance to have a taste. (Isn't Martha wonderful!)
School Nurse, Sue Raatikainen, is teaching a dental hygiene class to Mrs. Paradis and Mrs. Sinnett's classes. These kindergarteners learned about good dental health habits and nutritious foods that will help their teeth last for a lifetime.
This is a fun game that encourages kids to pick the right "fuel" of fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, dairy and activity to fill their ship. It helps kids learn which snacks and activities are the best choices for healthy living.
Each Monday the Nurse's office will share exciting nutrition information with the classroom teachers to incorporate in their lessons. We will also share them on the blog so families can continue the message at home. Just click the links below to follow along!