Fit to Learn + Health + Wellness Lesson Plans
Fit to Learn is an innovative professional development program for educators. These lesson plans, which cover topics from physical activity to nutrition and cooking and are connected to key learning goals, provide practical methods for making health and wellness a regular part of the school experience.
Fit to Learn: Fruit or Not?
It may come as a surprise, but several vegetables we eat every day are actually fruits! In this lesson, challenge what your students already know to see if they can win the game of “Fruit or Not?”
Fit to Learn: Walking the Walk: Learning with Pedometers
Pedometers are great tools for measuring physical activity levels and motivating students. Some PE departments may have funds for these or companies may be willing to make a donation for a healthy school initiative.
Fit to Learn: Calories In, Calories Out Word Problem
There are many misconceptions surrounding the concept of calories. This lesson will introduce students to the role of calories in healthy living and the management of calorie intake/output in regards to reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.
Fit to Learn: Sack It! Building a Healthy Lunch
This lesson introduces students to the different food groups and the types of foods in each. Students will also learn why it is important to eat a variety of foods. With this knowledge, students construct a healthy lunch sack filled with foods from the different food groups.
Fit to Learn: The MyPlate Shuffle
MyPlate reminds us to eat a variety of foods each day and to make healthy choices about those foods. This lesson introduces students to the different food groups and the types of foods in each. Students will learn about these different food groups and the types of foods that go into them by way of a stretch-break dance that they can do anytime.
Fit to Learn: The Power Inside Fruits & Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants essential for maintaining good health and development in children. The first activity in this lesson introduces the essential nutrients in fruits and vegetables and is followed by a teacher-led science demonstration. This demonstration allows students to explore the levels of one of these important nutrients in different fruit and vegetable juices. With this knowledge, students will be better prepared to understand nutrient levels in foods and become more informed consumers.
Fit to Learn: World Class Healthy Cooking Relay
Making healthy food choices is a skill no matter where you live. In this lesson, students learn about foods from other countries, healthy and unhealthy ways to cook foods, and the consequences of unhealthy cooking methods. New knowledge is assessed by way of a station-based relay race in which students match foods to the country of origin, and then sort the foods into healthy and unhealthy cooking methods. The activity also teaches students the geographic locations of the countries.
Fit to Learn: Building a Food Vocabulary
Taste is a complex sense that influences what we like to eat and our food choices. After completing the lesson “Nutritious Words,” this activity will help students develop a wider vocabulary and increased writing ability around food tastes. Students will also become mindful eaters, aware of the complexity of different fruits and vegetables and why they might like some more than others.
Fit to Learn: Classifying the Edible Parts of Plants
After completing the lesson “Fruit or Not?” students will have been introduced to one of the six edible parts of plants. This lesson will build on that understanding as students explore the other five parts and their specific functions.
Fit to Learn: Eating a Rainbow
Making colorful food choices every day helps encourage students to eat a variety of foods that are both delicious and high in vitamins and minerals. In this lesson, students will create a beautiful wall or bulletin board that will inspire them to “Eat a Rainbow!”
Fit to Learn: Food Group Frenzy
Some of the most important things students can be introduced to at this age are the five food groups. Knowing the five food groups will help students make balanced and healthy choices in what they eat every day. In this lesson, students will participate in a relay race to put several foods into the five food groups.
Fit to Learn: Nutritious Words
With a little creativity, a typical spelling lesson can also be an exercise in hand-eye coordination and nutrition! In this lesson, students will use new props to add “flavor” to their spelling words while moving at the same time.