Teach Kids Healthy Habits Lesson Plan for Kids
Checklists help pilots and surgeons remember important steps in their work. In this activity, students are invited to make a placemat that will serve as a reminder of the healthy steps they can take each day.
Goals and Skills
- Select and illustrate 5 – 10 healthy habits on construction paper
- Listen, share, and make relevant comments in a group discussion on daily health practices
- Use art materials to express an idea
SUPPLIES AND PREPARATION:
- Whiteboard and dry erase markers
- 12" x 18" construction paper or poster board for each student
- Art supplies (markers, color pencils, or crayons)
- Old magazines
- Optional: Clear contact paper or laminator
Start a list of healthy habits with the students. Invite students to share ideas, such as brushing teeth, washing hands, exercising, drinking milk, and so on. Write ideas on the board with the header “Healthy Habits.”
ILLUSTRATE HEALTHY HABITS
Explain that students will be illustrating healthy habits on a placemat. They can then use the placemat every day as a visual checklist of what healthy habits to remember.
Give each student a placemat-sized piece of construction paper or poster board. Have them label their papers with the header “My Healthy Habits Checklist.”
Next, have students choose 5 – 10 healthy habits from the list to illustrate on their placemat. Provide art supplies and magazines. Students can draw or they can cut and collage pictures from magazines.
LAMINATE AND DISPLAY
To extend the life of the placemat, cover both sides of the placemats with laminate or contact paper. If this is not possible, consider using the placemats as posters instead. Display posters in the school hallways or cafeteria so others can benefit from these healthy reminders.
EXTEND THE LESSON
Have students show their finished placemats to the class, explaining why they chose the healthy habits that they did. Students may wish to take their placemats home to use and share with their families.
Healthy Habits® is Presented by Lysol® in collaboration with NEA and National PTA
Education Standards: (NHES) Health: 7.5.2, 6.2.1, 6.5.1; (CCSS) English Language Arts: SL.2-3.1; (NAEA) Visual Arts: VA.K-4.1
For more resources, visit CDC – Be A Germ Stopper Poster
CDC – Healthy Schools Parent Engagement Materials https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/parentsforhealthyschools/p4hs.htm
CDC - BAM! Body and Mind https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/bam/teachers.htm
CDC - Handwashing Posters https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/posters.html
CDC- Handwashing Stickers https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/stickers.html