Peer Pressure, Refusal Skills, etc.

We begin the unit by discussing peer pressure and refusal skills.  We next discuss the importance of good choices with our friendships and how these choices affect how we deal with peer pressure.  We then look at the issue of drugs.   A drug is any substance that changes the way your mind or body works.  We have looked at the different categories of drugs: drugs that are legal for everyone such as caffeine, drugs that are legal only for adults,such as tobacco and alcohol, medicines(over the counter and prescription) and illegal drugs.   We discussed factors that affect a person’s reaction to drugs including: weight, presence of food in the stomach, amount of the drug and mixing of different drugs.    In the next few classes , we will concentrate on  inhalants.  Students will research the topic and prepare a presentation  as part of a group activity.

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Next we  discuss self-esteem and various factors that may affect it. We discuss the influence of family, friends and teachers on our self-esteem. We look at characteristics of people with high or low self-esteem and discuss what healthy self-esteem should look like. Students shared ideas about situations that can cause someone with healthy self-esteem to have a dip in his or her self-esteem. We learned that a hallmark of someone with healthy self-esteem is being able to accept your strengths and weaknesses.  Next, students will identify ten of their personal strengths.  They are encouraged to reflect on their abilities as well as their relationships with others.

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February 26th, 2016 No comments

In Grade 6 Wellness classes , we look at  at the issue of safety. We begin by discussing cybersafety , including some specific ways to keep yourself safe when using the internet , cell phones, email and social networking sites. As a class we discuss cyberbullying and the specifics of what that entails. Students do a self-assessment and reflect on whether they have ever engaged in activity that might be considered cyberbullying. Next we look at specific strategies to protect oneself from injury including: paying attention, thinking before acting, knowing your limits, practising refusal skills, using safety equipment and changing risky behavior and risky situations.

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Emotional Health

February 22nd, 2016 No comments

We begin the second quarter  concentrating  on emotional health.  We  specifically  discuss the emotion of anger as well as  emotional triggers and how identifying them can help us to respond appropriately.  Specific strategies that are helpful when dealing with angry emotions are also discussed.

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February 12th, 2016 No comments

We continue our study of nutrition in Wellness class . The next few lessons will focus on a healthy eating promo. From our readings and discussions in class, we discovered the importance of eating the right amounts of the essential nutrients regularly in order to maintain good health. These nutrients include carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, minerals, and water. We discussed recommendations that should be taken into account when planning meals and snacks:

  • Eat a variety of foods
  • Avoid too much fat
  • Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and grains
  • Use sugars only in moderation
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water each day

Students will choose a snack/food and research the nutrients as well as the benefits of the nutrients in the food that they select. Next, they will design and compose a poster that advertises the chosen food and its nutrients. Finally , students will bring a sample of their food to class to share with classmates.

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January 15th, 2016 No comments

In Wellness class this week, we continued our discussion of physical fitness and specifically the role of exercise.  We explored the idea that exercise benefits us in all four areas of health: physical , social , mental and emotional.  In small groups, students researched this topic, prepared google presentations on the subject and shared with the class.








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Welcome Wellness Grade 6 students and parents

January 8th, 2016 No comments

Sixth grade Wellness classes started on Tuesday,  January 5, 2016.  All grade 6 students will have two Wellness classes each week.  Welcome and I am looking forward to a wonderful semester  of Wellness!!!

Course outlines were  distributed during class this week.  Students show review the outline with parents and return the signed sheet to the teacher.

We began this week by reviewing  the four components of health. We looked at ways that we can  maintain our health in all four areas. in addition we discussed the definition of physical fitness and learned about the four components(strength, flexibility, endurance and body composition).

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Growth and Development

November 16th, 2015 No comments

This week we begin our unit on Growth and Development.  In our lessons we will look at changes that occur adolescence.    In both small group and class discussions, we will focus on the physical , social, emotional and mental changes that occur during puberty and adolescence.    Parents and guardians are encouraged to actively support students’ understanding by communicating with them about the topics covered in the lessons.

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November 12th, 2015 No comments

In fifth grade Wellness classes we are discussing  caffeine and how it affects our bodies.   We look at the definition of a drug: a substance that changes the way your mind or body works.  We discuss  four categories of drugs: drugs that are legal for everyone, drugs that are legal only for adults, medicines and illegal drugs.  We will be studying caffeine in depth, focusing on how it affects our bodies and the effects of consuming too much caffeine.  We also look at the caffeine content of commonly used drinks and snacks  and discuss good choices.

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Decisions, decisions, decisions!!

November 9th, 2015 No comments

With the use of textbook readings,  and skills work sheets, we are discussing  six simple steps to good decisions. Students learn how to go through the steps of making a decision. They learn how to reflect on their decisions and how to use the information to make healthy, positive choices.

  1. Identify the problem….what is the decision you have to make.
  2. Consider your values…what is important to you?
  3. List the options… what possible actions could you take?
  4. Weigh the consequences…list the pros and cons of each option.
  5. Decide and act….describe what you will do .  explain your decision.
  6. Evaluate your choice…how do you feel about the action you took? did you make a good decision? would you take a different action if faced with the same situation again?


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October 14th, 2015 No comments

In Wellness, we continue our discussion of respect issues. This week we discussed communication skills.  We looked at the different ways that we can be respectful when we speak to and listen to others. Next we looked at bullying as an example of disrespectful behavior. We discussed different types of bullying as well as strategies to deal with it. Students were able to identify adults both at school and outside of school who they can communicate with about bullying. We discussed the use of appropriate strategies to stop bullying as well as the importance of intervention for the person who is doing the bullying.

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October 5th, 2015 No comments
Our next unit in Wellness concentrates on  social health.   We begin by discussing the  different types of respect(respect for other’s ideas, respect for feelings, respect for rules, respect for differences and self-respect).  We next look at proper communication in relationships with others, including speaking and listening skills. Then we look at  behavior that is not respectful and focus on bullying.  We look at different forms of bullying, why someone might bully and what are some ways to deal with the situation.  In small groups, students will compose a Public Service Announcement(PSA) on the topic of bullying.
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September 14th, 2015 No comments

As we continue our study of nutrition, Grade 5 students are using their knowledge of the Choose My Plate food guidance system to construct a perfect plate  for themselves. Students will utilize the information about the recommended amounts  for each food group.



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Grain, Dairy, Fruit, Vegetables,Protein

September 1st, 2015 No comments

As we begin our study of nutrition, we look at the Choose My Plate Guidance System.   We discuss the food groups(grains, vegetables , fruit, dairy, protein )  From our food,  we get the essential nutrients  needed for energy,  maintenance, growth and repair of our bodies.   On the website, students come up with an individual plan for their daily recommended amounts from each food group based on their age and amount of physical activity. Using the activity sheet, they answers questions about the food groups and choose a variety of foods from each group.

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Healthy habits start with Healthy choices

August 24th, 2015 No comments

In Wellness class this week, we  explored the idea that good health starts with good choices(tie in with common agreements in fifth grade).  Good choices can then lead to good health habits.   We discussed some healthy habits that many of the students already practice, such as good hygiene(including oral hygiene), hand washing, getting regular exercise , getting enough sleep,eating balanced meals and drinking plenty of water( see poster below).




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Next in  Wellness, we begin our discussion of the four components of health.  We start with a discussion of what topics will be covered in Wellness.  See the Wordle below with examples of  what ideas students came up with.   Next, we discuss  the concept of Wellness and that for Wellness to be achieved, you need to have a balance among the four components of health:  physical, social, mental and emotional.











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Welcome to Wellness 5 students and parents!!

A warm welcome to all our new and returning students and parents.   Wellness classes will start on Monday , August 10, 2015.   Grade 5 students will have two Wellness classes each week.  I am looking forward to seeing students in class this week.  Again, welcome and looking forward to a wonderful year of Wellness!!!

Here is a  link to the course outline.  A hard copy will be distributed on the first day of class and should be returned when students attend their next Wellness class.


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Essential Nutrients

September 22nd, 2018 No comments


In Wellness this week, students are researching the six essential nutrients.


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