Healthy Routines in the Classroom
Your classroom works well because you have set daily routines for your students
to follow: circle time, snack time, free play inside or outside,show and tell, etc.
Children like to know what is happening next, so routines make them feel safe. Routines
for healthy eating, sleeping, and physical activity can help students form healthy
habits that will last a lifetime.
The Building Blocks program materials and website provide resources, tools,
and activities to help you promote healthy habits for your students. Here’s an easy-to-use,
annotated index of lesson plans for you to easily adapt to your classroom. Have
Importance of Sleep
- Sleep and Energy
Purpose: To help students see the connections among getting enough
sleep, having energy, and having a good day at school.
- Building Blocks’ Materials:
- Know Kit Cards (3-
to 4-year-olds) (PDF 1.75BM) provide questions and activity suggestions to help
your students expand their thinking and practice making decisions. (Card #3—Alia
sleep on the soccer field.)
- Character Cards (PDF
686KB) introduce your students to the interests of the friends. (Ali kicking the
- My Building Blocks Sleep Diary Handout
(PDF 1.24MB) provides a chart to track your students’ sleep habits throughout the
Healthy Eating Lesson Plans
- Building Blocks Activity
Book (PDF 2.03MB): “Healthy Snacks” (page 6 for ages 3–4 and page 18 for
ages 5–6) provides information on how to make sure your children’s snacks are healthful.
- Music: “Healthy Snacks” lets your students
know just what they should and shouldn’t eat to stay healthy and alert.
- Game: Favorite Snacks Memory Game
introduces your students to healthy snacks.
- Building Blocks and Healthy
Purpose: To use songs, games, and activities to make students
aware of sweet treat alternatives.
- Modeling Good Eating
Purpose: To help students become healthy eating role models by
identifying,classifying, and choosing a more healthful diet.
- Handout: The Smart Choices
(PDF 4.95MB) handouts help your students see a wide ranch of healthy foods.
- Size-Wise: Healthy Eating Habits
Purpose: To introduce students to the concept of fractions (halves
and fourths) as they divide portions or pictures of food and talk about how much
we need to eat.
Physical Fitness Lesson Plans
- Tracking Physical Fitness
Purpose: To help students see the value of regular, sustained exercise
in increasing their physical fitness and developing strength,endurance, and flexibility.
- The Modelof Fitness
Purpose: To help students get fit, feel good about their bodies,
and make good physical activity part of their routine.
- Building Blocks Activity Book: “Power
Positive” (PDF 4.63MB) (page 8 for 3- to 4-year-olds and page 20 for 5- to 6-year-olds)
provides an opportunity for your students to keep track of new skills learned.
- Music: “Power Positive” helps your students
understand that self-confidence is important to their mental and physical well-being.
- Handout: The Daily Exercise
Chart guides students to keep track of the ways in which, and how often, they
exercise each day.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Let’s Move! is
a comprehensive initiative, launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, dedicated to
solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children
born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. This initiative
provides parents helpful information and tools to foster environments that support
We Can! Ways to Enhance
Children’s Activity &Nutrition is a national movement campaign that
provides parents with resources and tools to help children stay at a healthy weight.
“Sleep, Learning, and
the Developing Brain: Early-to-Bed as a Healthy and Wise Choice for School Aged
Children” (PDF 211KB) talks about the importance of sleep for normal health,development,
and academic performance of children.
National Institutesof Health
“Shape Your Family’s Habits”
suggests ways to encourage healthy habits in eating and physical activity and describes
the importance of caregivers in shaping those habits.
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