Saturday, November 28, 2009

Connection: Healthy Kids

A topic of special interest to me, is that of children's health. Children have a right to knowledge about healthy choices at a young age, without becoming overly conscious and obsessed. Here are a few sources that can help you get started to teach this topic in a positive way!


Baldwin, Dorothy. 1987. Health and friends. Vero Beach, FL: Rourke Enterprises. Discusses the importance of friends and how to have a good relationship. Non-fiction.

Carle, Eric. 2007. From head to toe. New York: Harper Festival.
The reader can exercise while following the movements of the different animals. Fiction.

Cole, Joanna. 2005. My friend the doctor. New York: Harper Collins.
Details Hannah's visit to the doctor for a physical. Fiction.

Gogerly, Liz. 2009. Exercise. St. Catherines, Ont.: Crabtree Publishing.
Tom and Emily don't get as much exercise as they should, but they learn the benefits and start to exercise thanks to their grandma's visit. Fiction.

Gordon Sharon. 2002. A good nights sleep. New York: Children's Press.
This book describes the reasons why we need sleep, what your body does while you are asleep, and what you can do to help yourself fall asleep. Non-fiction.

Gordon, Sharon.
2002. Exercise. New York: Children's Press.
Discusses the importance of being fit and great ways to get exercise. Non-fiction.

Gordon, Sharon. 2002. Keeping Clean. New York: Children's Press.
Tells of the ways to keep clean, such as: bathing, showering, washing hands, brushing teeth, etc. and why it is important. Non-fiction.

Iveson, Joan. 1986. Your health. New York: Bookwright Press.
The importance of nutritious meals, visiting the doctor, getting enough sleep, and being clean, are discussed as ways to stay healthy. Non-fiction.

Kleinberg, Naomi.
2007. Happy healthy monsters: good night, tucked in tight. New York: Random House.
Elmo, as a host of the Healthy Monsters Network, teaches about good hygiene practices including handwashing, tooth care, and sleep. Fiction.

Miller, Edward. 2006. The monster health book: a guide to eating healthy, being active and feeling great for monsters and kids! New York: Holiday House.
Teaches about the newly redesigned food pyramid, exercise, drugs, and self esteem. Non-fiction.

O'Brien-Palmer, Michelle. 1999. Healthy me: fun ways to develop good health and safety habits: activities for children 5 to 8. Chicago: Chicago Review Press.
Contains over seventy projects, recipes, and experiments about health and safety. Non-fiction.

Powell, Jillian. 1998. Food and your health. Austin, TX: Raintree, Steck-Vaughn.
Introduces the connection between food and health, and discusses simple nutrition. Non-fiction.

Powell, Jillian. 1998. Hygiene and your health. Austin, TX: Raintree, Steck-Vaughn.
Discusses hygiene practices and includes washing your food. and clothes. Non-fiction.

Powell, Jillian. 1998. Exercise and your health. Austin, TX: Raintree, Steck-Vaughn.
Discusses different exercises that you can do to stay healthy. Non-fiction.

Royston, Angela. 2000. A healthy body. Des Plaines, IL: Heinemann Library.
More detailed than the rest, this book discusses the heart, lungs, and muscles involvement in exercise. Non-fiction.

Schwarzenegger, Arnold. 1993. Arnold's fitness for kids ages 6-10: a guide to health, exercise, and nutrition. New York: Doubleday.
Discusses ways to stay healthy for active children and those less athletically inclined. Also available for birth through five, and eleven through fourteen. Non-fiction.


Baron, Michelle and Phil Baron. Goofy over dental health. VHS. Directed by Don Schroeder. Elk Grove Village, IL: Disney Educational Productions.
Kevin learns about the importance of dental health when he visits Goofy and Dr. Molars. Fiction.

Brown, Marc. 2001. Arthur goes to the doctor. DVD. Sony Wonder: Random House Video.
The classic cartoon character Arthur must go to the doctor for a physical examination. He is nervous until he goes and sees that it is not a big deal. Fiction.

Ferraro, Christine. 2005. Happy healthy monsters. DVD. Directed by Victor di Napoli. New York:Sony Wonder.
Sesame Street characters, Elmo, Grover, and Zoe learn about nutrition and exercise. Fiction.

Host, Roger G. 2008. Hip hop for kids. DVD. Directed by Milwe and Negroponte. New York: Jumping Fish Productions.
Roger G leads kids through a hip hop dance routine for exercise with other children on screen as well. Non-fiction.

Schlessinger Media. 2005. Nutrition. DVD. Wynnewood, PA: Schlessinger Media.
Reviews health and nutrition for children. Also playable in Spanish and for the hearing impaired. Non-fiction.

Schlessinger Media. 2005. Personal health and hygiene. DVD. Wynnewood, PA: Schlessinger Media.
Explores hygiene and health practices such as sleep, nutrition, and exercise. Includes discussion questions and activities. Playable in Spanish and for the hearing impaired. Non-fiction.


BAM! Body and Mind
Child friendly website containing information about diseases, food and nutrition, physical activity, your safety, your life, and your body.

Express Your Health: Fun pages for kids
Fun printable games and coloring pages for children. Also available in Spanish.

Fresh for Kids
Contains games, competitions, activities, sports, short stories, jokes party kits and back to school guides under the kids tab. (A personal favorite!)

A website to help children move eat, talk, and learn about exercise. Great games available for kids to do alone or with a partner to get them running and moving around the house. (Another personal favorite!)

Presidents Challenge
Children can join with a group of friends or as a school to plan out and implement exercises and earn rewards and certificates.


A visit to a local clinic or doctors office would be an appropriate field trip for this unit of study. Children can ease their nerves about going to the doctor by learning about it ahead of time. Doctors and nurses may also be willing to visit your school to teach on site, if leaving is a problem.

A visit to a dentists office would also be appropriate. Dentists or hygienists may also be willing to come visit your school and usually bring along toothbrushes and/or toothpaste for children.

Going out to athletic events is also an option. Triple A baseball teams offer reduced rates for field trips as well as free tickets as incentives for reading (a great integrated activity for the school). Local athletes are also willing to come to schools to visit but must be booked in advance and typically during their off-season.

A growing trend with marathons is to hold a kids marathon, where kids run 25 miles, one mile at a time, prior to race day and then run the final mile together as a group. This would be a great extension of learning.

Farms, dairy's, and health food stores typically offer tours to students. This could be a great way to learn about growing food and its conception.

Applying for a fresh fruit and vegetable grant can also help you put theory into practice as children get the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables at no cost to your school.

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