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Fourth grade students learn about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through a variety of experiences. The goal of this unit is for students to apply what they learn in class to help transform their life to a healthier lifestyle. To begin this unit, students watch a clip from the movie WALL-E to get their attention about the importance of eating healthy and exercising. What would life be like if we all lived a WALL-E way of life?
Students then dive into their learning by completing a nutrition pathway. Students independently learn about the different food groups, why vitamins and minerals are important, and the importance of exercise. Students then apply what they learned to interview our school’s Cafeteria Attendants. Through this process, they learn the “ins and outs” of what goes into planning lunch for our 1,100 student body.
To close out the unit, the students work in small groups to plan a nutritious class party. Each group creates a “company” and presents their plan to the class at the close of the unit. Students must include the five important food groups while staying within a $60.00 budget. Once each company presents their party plan, students vote on which company to “hire” to throw our class party. Students then close out the year with a more nutritious party while still having fun.
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