In Health class our 6th Grade Health students are getting their appetite on. The students are creating a healthy menu for a new restaurant of their choice. They are using the information they have learned throughout the nutrition unit. Students learned about the meaning of nutrition, and various nutrients that support the body. They also discussed how physical activity and nutrition work together. Students had to come up with an idea for the restaurant, a theme for the restaurant, and the menu itself. Students used the six main nutrient categories (Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Vitamins, Minerals, and Water) to make a five star restaurant with great tasting food. Students were encouraged to come up with creative ideas for the food, which had to include five appetizers, two soups, two side orders, eight main courses, five deserts, and at least two chef specials. The students were also asked to provide the nutritional values (calories) and prices for each of their items in the menu.
Proceeding the nutrition Unit, the 6th grade health classes talked about physical fitness. Students reviewed lifestyle activities that can be a part of their day to day living. Examples included walking the dog, mowing the lawn, and shoveling the driveway after a snowfall. The class also discussed the five main elements of fitness, which include muscle endurance, muscular strength, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Students were able to create fitness goals using the F.I.T.T principle to develop their goal. The F.I.T.T principle stands for Frequency, Intensity, Time and Type. The students not only practiced how to find their resting heart rate, but incorporated various math skills in health class by learning how to find their target heart rate.
To wrap up the physical activity unit, students discussed ways to take care of the body throughout the school year and while participating in physical activity.