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Kids learn to say YES to healthy diet

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The attached article features a fun and educational collaboration between the YES Academy Teaching and Learning Class and Frances Adams, Healthcorps rep, along with academy advisory board member, Mr. Castaniero, Assistant Principal at Haycox Elementary School.  

To assist with Healthcorps’ mission to help raise community awareness about obesity and diabetes, Teaching and Learning senior class students first experienced a lesson with Ms. Adams that they would later modify for 180 fifth graders from neighboring Haycox Elementary School.  The collaboration was incorporated into a lesson planning unit in the Teaching and Learning class. Students researched applicable ELA, ELL, and Math standards; developed student objectives and outcomes, created visuals and a handout for calculating teaspoons of sugar from grams using the label on a sweetened beverage, and typed it all in a formal work-based lesson plan.   Teaching and Learning class students also researched team building and ice breaker activities to use with various age groups and then incorporated several for use with the 5th graders.  Both Haycox students and teachers alike enjoyed their time with YES Academy seniors and left with a new skill and awareness in hand!  They also left, according to their teachers with the team building song in their hearts, as they belted it out on their entire journey back to campus, and requested to sing it for the next three days in their class!!

Note: Results revealed 17 teaspoons of sugar in a bottle of Minute Maid Lemonade…. ouch

 

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