Mission: Health activities

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

Kindergarten

Match the Planets
This matching activity gives students a chance to recognize physical and sedentary activities. As a simple memory game, Match the Planets is a quick and interactive way to reinforce basic exercise concepts. (The activity images change each time the game is played.)

1st Grade

3-2-1-0 Blast Off Song
This positive hip-hop song focuses on the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise. Composed by The Figureheads whose music is being used in hundreds of schools, throughout Wisconsin as an intervention tool, a curriculum supplement and a way to insert fun and joy into the learning process.

Food = Fuel Mini-lesson
The central message of this lesson is that healthy foods contain substances that are good for our bodies. This is reinforced through activities in which students can click on foods to "feed" them to Zach; and in which students view a series of images to choose both the most important meal of the day and the healthiest meal of three options.

Go & Whoa Foods
This lesson gives students a simple introduction to categorizing foods by their nutritional value. Here, students learn to make the distinction between healthy, "Go" and unhealthy, "Whoa" foods through an image-judging activity and an activity in which you click on "floating" food images to learn what type they are.

Match the Stars
This matching activity is a simple memory game. Match the Stars is a quick and interactive way to reinforce examples of Go Foods and Whoa Foods. (The activity images change each time the game is played.)

MyPlate Mini-lesson
Students begin "building" MyPlate group by group. This activity assumes students have encountered the diagram before and refreshes their memory on the five food groups. Students then explore an interactive MyPlate for further information on each group. The mini-lesson concludes with commentary from characters on how they apply nutrition knowledge to the food choices they make every day, including information on food balance and variety.

Activity Pyramid Mini-lesson
Students begin by differentiating between sedentary, or "sitting-still" activities, and physical activities. They then explore the Activity Pyramid to learn about the four activity categories. Character commentaries focus on the benefits and biological effects of physical activity, and the lesson ends with an overview of where students 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. Students can choose as many as three snacks and as many as three forms of exercise for Carly to see if her activity level and nutrition level balance. Students can add and remove food and activities.

Goal Setting Mini-lesson
A goal is defined here in basic terms: something that you decide to do; and then try to do. The complexity in this short Mini-lesson is placing the goal concept in a nutritional context. Students are encouraged to listen to the characters' goals. Based on those examples, they will formulate a goal of their own using the printable worksheet found in the lesson.

2nd Grade

MyPlate Mini-lesson
Students begin by exploring an interactive diagram of MyPlate that provides specific information for each food group. The activity assumes students have encountered MyPlate before. Next, students apply their knowledge by informally sorting foods into groups in another interactive exercise. Variety and balance are addressed through short overviews in which the narrator interacts with program characters. The variety concept is then tested in an image judging activity. Finally, an image multiple choice question and more character commentary round out the Mini-lesson.

Sugar Mini-lesson
Students learn how this common ingredient is included in a variety of foods, different names for sugar and how sugar is added to various drinks. The Nutrition Facts label is introduced as a tool students can use to inspect their food and drink choices before consuming them. A central exercise is the interactive inspection of a label. Here, the concepts of serving size, fat content and sugar content are made real through voiceover explanations and close-up views of a Nutrition Facts label for bottled soda. Other interactivities include character commentary and image judging.

Bubble Blaster Activity
This identification activity encourages students to "pop the bubbles" containing sugary drinks while saving those that contain healthy drinks. There are more drink images in the game than can appear onscreen at a single time. Consider playing it multiple times so students can view a variety of 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 here in basic terms: something that you decide to do; and then try to do. The complexity in this short Mini-lesson is placing the goal concept in the context of getting enough physical activity. Students are encouraged to listen to the characters' goals. Based on those examples, they will formulate a goal of their own using the printable worksheet found in the lesson.

3rd Grade

3-2-1-0 Blast Off Song
This positive hip-hop song focuses on the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise. Composed by The Figureheads whose music is being used in hundreds of schools, throughout Wisconsin as an intervention tool, a curriculum supplement and a way to insert fun and joy into the learning process.

Restaurants Lesson
Students 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. A moving hotspots activity presents an overview of the healthiness of different fast food choices. Each is classified as healthy or unhealthy with short explanations of why this classification has been made. An image multiple choice activity challenges students to pick the healthiest fast food meal from three options. The Mini-lesson also includes strategies on how to eat healthier at fast food restaurants.

Grocery Galaxy Activity
This fun-filled game challenges students 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 students can choose. Students earn up to 50 points for each healthy option they choose and lose up to 50 points for each unhealthy option they choose. If they are able to create a healthy meal plan (350 points), they move on to the Bonus Round. During this round, students rack up points by "zapping" less healthy foods with their laser scanners.

Activity Pyramid Lesson
Students explore the Activity Pyramid to learn about the four activity categories. Four image judging activities test students' knowledge on these activity types by asking them to identify examples as physical or sedentary. Sofia then explains how she uses different parts of her body to stay active. This is followed by an overview of where students can go to be active, as well as what they can do in those places.

Bubble Blaster Activity
This identification activity encourages students to "pop the bubbles" containing sedentary activities while saving those that contain physical activities. There are more activity images in the game than can appear onscreen at a single time. Consider playing it multiple times so students can view a variety of activities.

4th-5th Grade

Energy Extreme Song
This positive hip-hop song focuses on the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise. Composed by The Figureheads whose music is being used in hundreds of schools, throughout Wisconsin as an intervention tool, a curriculum supplement and a way to insert fun and joy into the learning process.

Nutrition Lesson
The Nutrition lesson includes information about nutrients, calories, empty calories and MyPlate. Students learn about some of the nutrients their bodies need every day while completing the printable Nutrition worksheet found in the lesson.

Food Fight! Activity
In the Food Fight! game, students will test their skills in differentiating healthy foods from less healthy foods. Students will "zap" the less healthy foods to earn points, but if they zap the healthy foods they will lose points.

Healthy Habits Lesson
Students learn about three healthy habits that help their bodies stay strong and healthy. They are: physical activity (or exercise), water and rest. They will also learn about setting goals and how those goals can improve their health. There is a worksheet for students to complete as they work through this lesson. The printable Healthy Habits worksheet and answer key are found in the lesson.

Extreme Peak Activity
This game tests students' knowledge of nutrition and exercise. The student will first select a character. They will then answer a series of questions. For each question they answer correctly, the character will be awarded a balloon and will float up the side of the mountain. When a question is answered incorrectly, one of their balloons will pop and they will float down the side of the mountain. If all of their balloons pop, the game is over. When they reach the top of the mountain, they have won the game. There are three levels, each of which requires a total of six balloons to complete. The user is given a head start of three balloons in the first level, two balloons in the second level, and one balloon in the third and final level. When the game is won or lost, the user is given the option to select a new character and play again.

6th-8th Grade

4 UR Health Song
This positive hip-hop song focuses on the importance of healthy eating and regular exercise. Composed by The Figureheads whose music is being used in hundreds of schools, throughout Wisconsin as an intervention tool, a curriculum supplement and a way to insert fun and joy into the learning process.

Nutrition Lesson
This lesson covers the concepts of food processing, making healthy food choices based on the Nutrition Facts Label and MyPlate. There is a worksheet for students to complete as they work through this lesson. The printable Nutrition worksheet and answer key are found in the lesson.

Slingshopping Activity
This game forces the student to identify foods as healthy or less healthy. A variety of foods will be loaded, one at a time, into a slingshot at the bottom of the screen. The student must decide if it's a healthy or less healthy food and shoot it into either a shopping cart or trash can, respectively. The game features four levels of play, with the carts and trash cans sitting still or moving at different speeds and in a variety of configurations. In each level, the student must get a certain amount of points to fill their health meter before the timer runs out in order to qualify them for the next round.

Physical Activity Lesson
The physical activity lesson includes information about different types of physical activity, how much physical activity is recommended, and how to recognize and limit sedentary activity. Students will create a plan to include 60 minutes of physical activity each day and track and monitor their plan. The physical activity plan should include all three types of physical activity: muscle-strengthening, aerobic, and balance and stretching activities. There is a worksheet for students to complete as they work through this lesson. The printable Physical Activity worksheet and answer key are found in the lesson.

RU Balanced? Activity
This activity demonstrates the importance of getting the right amount to eat based on exercise level. In RU Balanced? students can choose up to three snacks and up to three forms of exercise for Zach to see if the activity level and nutrition level balance. Students can add and remove foods and activities. When the foods and activities balance, they will hear the narrator congratulate them. Encourage your students to try different combinations of foods and activities.

Body Image Lesson
Students begin by watching the Body Image lesson. The 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. There is a worksheet for students to complete as they work through this lesson. The printable Body Image worksheet and answer key are found in the lesson.

Strike It Fit Game
This question and answer game is based on bowling. In each frame, the student will be given a question to answer. If they get it right, they will be awarded a strike. If they get it wrong, they will only knock down 0-4 pins and be given another chance to answer the question correctly. If they get it right on their second chance they will be awarded a spare. The final score is determined by standard bowling scoring.

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