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Mission: Health activities

Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade | 3rd Grade | 4th-5th Grade | 6th-8th Grade

The following mini-lessons and activities are a great way for children to learn valuable information about nutrition and physical activity, all while having fun! They are categorized by approximate grade level, but feel free to have your child explore any of the lesson as you see fit. They may be done one at a time, whenever time allows, and in any order!

Kindergarten

Match the Planets
This matching activity gives children a chance to recognize physical and sedentary activities. It’s a simple and quick memory game that reinforces basic exercise concepts.

1st Grade

3-2-1-0 Blast Off Song
This positive hip-hop song focuses on the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Food = Fuel Mini-lesson
The central message of this lesson is that healthy foods contain substances that are good for our bodies. Kids look at a series of images to choose the most important meal of the day and the healthiest meal.

Go & Whoa Foods
This lesson gives kids a simple introduction to categorizing foods by their nutritional value. Kids make the distinction between "Go" (healthy) and "Whoa" (less healthy) foods.

Match the Stars
Match the Stars is a simple memory game that reinforces examples of “Go” and “Whoa” foods. Activity images change each time the game is played.

MyPlate Mini-lesson
Kids explore an interactive MyPlate to learn about each of the five food groups. They also learn about variety and choosing healthy foods and beverages instead of less healthy choices.

Activity Pyramid Mini-lesson
Kids begin by differentiating between sedentary ("sitting-still") activities, and physical activities. They explore the Activity Pyramid to learn about the four activity categories and focus on the benefits of physical activity. The lesson ends with an overview of where kids can go to be active.

Balancing Act Activity
This activity focuses on the importance of getting the right amount to eat based on exercise level. Kids can choose as many as three snacks and three forms of exercise to see if the character’s activity level and nutrition level are in balance.

Goal Setting Mini-lesson
A goal is defined in basic terms: something that you decide to do, and then try to do. The complexity in this short mini-lesson is in establishing a nutrition goal. Students listen to the characters' goals and then formulate their own.

2nd Grade

MyPlate Mini-lesson
Kids explore an interactive MyPlate that provides specific information for each of the five food groups. Next, they apply their knowledge by sorting foods into groups. Variety and balance are also talked about.

Sugar Mini-lesson
Kids learn that sugar is an ingredient in many foods and drinks, and that it has different names. The Nutrition Facts label is introduced as a tool they can use to assess their food and drink choices before consuming them. The concepts of serving size, fat and sugar content are discussed.

Bubble Blaster Activity
This identification activity encourages students to "pop the bubbles" containing sugary drinks while saving those that contain healthy drinks..

Who Wants to be Healthy
This activity, modeled on the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?", places students in the role of hopeful contestant. Their knowledge of health topics will get them through the multiple-choice questions and earn them the title of healthiest person in space.

Goal Setting Lesson
A goal is defined in basic terms: something that you decide to do, and then try to do. The complexity in this short mini-lesson is in establishing a physical activity goal. Students listen to the characters' goals and then formulate their own.

3rd Grade

3-2-1-0 Blast Off Song
This positive hip-hop song focuses on the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Restaurants Lesson
Kids learn what is and isn't healthy about fast food restaurants and are encouraged to ask for nutrition facts the next time they eat away from home. The mini-lesson also includes strategies on how to eat healthier at fast food restaurants.

Grocery Galaxy Activity
This game challenges kids to create and shop for healthy meals and snacks in preparation for a space voyage. The store aisles are packed with healthy and less healthy options from which kids can choose. Players can earn points by zapping less healthy foods with laser scanners.

Activity Pyramid Lesson
Kids explore the Activity Pyramid to learn about the four activity categories. There are activities that test their knowledge by asking them to identify examples given as physical or sedentary. They learn how to use different parts of their body to stay active, and then get an overview of where to go to be active and what they can do in those places.

Bubble Blaster Activity
This activity encourages kids to "pop the bubbles" containing sedentary activities while saving those that contain physical ones. Kids can play multiple times to view a variety of activities.

4th Grade 

Energy Extreme Song
This positive hip-hop song focuses on the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Nutrition Mini- lesson
The Nutrition lesson covers valid sources of nutrition information, such as Choosemyplate.gov and nutrition facts labels. Reasons why people eat, and how to distinguish between feeling hungry, feeling satisfied and feeling full are also be discussed.

Physical Activity Mini-lesson
The Physical Activity mini-lesson covers different types of physical activity, along with the benefits of each type. Goal setting and how to set SMART goals is also discussed.

Ian’s Story
Ian’s Story follows a character named Ian throughout his day, during which he needs help making choices. This activity will help kids develop a better understanding of how eating habits, and even sleep habits, can affect them throughout their day.

Healthy Minds Mini-lesson
The Healthy Minds mini-lesson teaches kids ways to keep their mind healthy, which in turn keeps their body healthy. Topics include healthy sleep habits, guidelines around time spent on electronic devices, mindfulness and other healthy habits.

Run for Your Health Game
Kids choose a character and race to the finish line against other characters. During the race they will be asked questions about nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and other healthy habits. The more questions answered correctly, the faster they will run. They will also encounter healthy and unhealthy foods on the track. The healthy foods will give them a speed boost, while the unhealthy foods will slow them down.

5th Grade

Nutrition Mini- lesson
The Nutrition lesson teaches kids valid sources of nutrition information, such as Choosemyplate.gov and nutrition facts labels. They will learn how to set goals around their nutrition habits. Barriers to healthy eating, and how to overcome barriers are also discussed.

Sugar Rapids Activity
In the Sugar Rapids activity, kids are challenged to put drinks in order based on the amount of sugar contained in each.

Physical Activity Mini-Lesson
The Physical Activity mini-lesson teaches kids about the different types of physical activity and the benefits of being active. Decision making and how to make a personal health-related decision will also be discussed.

Healthy Minds Mini- lesson
The Healthy Minds mini-lesson teaches kids different ways to keep their mind healthy, which in turn keeps their body healthy. Topics covered include healthy sleep habits, guidelines around time spent on electronic devices, and other healthy habits.

Extreme Peak Game
This game tests kids’ knowledge of nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and other healthy habits. They select a character and then answer a series of questions. For each question answered correctly, the character gains a balloon and floats up the side of the mountain. When a question is answered incorrectly, a balloon pops and they float down the side of the mountain. When they reach the top of the mountain, they win! Three levels make playing fun and challenging.

6th-8th Grade

4 UR Health Song
This positive hip-hop song focuses on the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise.

Nutrition Lesson
This mini-lesson covers the concepts of food processing and making healthy food choices based on nutrition facts labels and MyPlate. Kids complete a worksheet as they work through this lesson.

Slingshopping Activity
This game asks kids to identify foods as healthy or less healthy. A variety of foods are loaded, one at a time, into a slingshot. The player must decide if it's healthy or less healthy and then shoot it into either a shopping cart or trashcan. On each level, the player must get a certain amount of points to fill their health meter before the timer runs out to advance to the next round.

Physical Activity Mini- lesson
This mini-lesson includes information about different types of physical activity, how much is recommended, and how to recognize and limit sedentary activity. Kids will create a plan to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day and track and monitor their plan. The plan should include all three types of physical activity: muscle-strengthening, aerobic, and balance and stretching activities.

RU Balanced? Activity
This activity demonstrates the importance of getting the right amount to eat based on exercise level. Kids choose up to three snacks and three forms of exercise to see if the activity level and nutrition level balance. It encourages kids to try different combinations of foods and activities.

Body Image Lesson
The Body Image mini-lesson includes information about what body image is, and who and what can affect our body image. There is an emphasis on the media and how the media affects how we think and feel about ourselves.

Strike It Fit Game
In each frame of this bowling game, kids are given questions to answer on nutrition, physical activity and body image. If they answer a question correctly, they get a strike. If they answer incorrectly, they will knock down 0-4 pins and get another chance to answer the question correctly. If they get it right on their second chance, they get a spare. The final score is determined by standard bowling scoring.