Exercise and Sports
Get active! Whether it's sports or just play, kids need activity to lead healthy lives.
- Sports (Los deportes)
Help students learn the Spanish words for sports and sports equipment with these handouts. Each Spanish word is paired with an illustration, its pronunciation, and an English translation. These printables also include a list of extra words, simple sentences, and questions to help practice spoken Spanish.
- Poetry is Sporty
After being inspired by reading Change Up: Baseball Poems, a book filled with poetry about baseball, students pick their favorite sport and brainstorm ideas before writing, illustrating, and assembling their own collection of sports poems. This printable activity is perfect for National Poetry Month (April), or any other day of the year!
Lunch and Nutrition
Eat well in the classroom and out!
Connect health to your reading.
- Chew on This Teacher's Guide
Engage your students' interest in their health and well-being with the interdisciplinary activities in this teacher's guide for Chew on This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food. This guide includes lesson planning ideas and discussion questions about nutrition, the history of fast food, and the practices of fast-food corporations.
- The Omnivore's Dilemma Teacher's Guide
Get a fresh perspective on what we eat with this teacher's guide to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, a book that investigates culinary traditions and three modern food chains. This printable literature guide includes a summary and reading comprehension questions for each chapter.
- Twinkie, Deconstructed Teacher's Guide
Explore the modern food industry, the history of food processing, and the role foods play in our culture with the discussion questions and writing prompts in this literature guide for Steve Ettlinger's Twinkie, Deconstructed. This printable also includes many projects about the chemistry of food and its production.
Teaching kids about where their food comes (the garden!) from is a fun way to encourage health and wellness.
- First Garden: The White House Garden and How It Grew Reader's Guide
Use this reader's guide for The First White House Garden and How It Grew to extend students' learning about the history of the White House grounds and the garden initiated by First Lady Michelle Obama. This printable packet includes pre-reading, comprehension, and discussion questions; an author Q&A with Robbin Gourley; gardening vocabulary worksheets; and extension activities for art, history, math, and language arts.
Teachers aren't the only ones invested in the fight against childhood obesity. Esteemed British chef and television personality Jaime Oliver is know for his fight to improve school lunches; First Lady Michelle Obama advocates for healthy changes direct from the White House; and plenty of parents blog regularly on the subject, as do some brave students.
- Let's Move!: "A comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation"