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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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Caffeine

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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TONE AND BODY LANGUAGE SHOULD MATCH MESSAGE!!

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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RESPECT, GIVE IT, GET IT

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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MY PERFECT PLATE

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 choosemyplate.gov 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 choosemyplate.gov 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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HEALTH: PHYSICAL, MENTAL, SOCIAL and EMOTIONAL

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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