Here are some learning activities for teaching good health to your students so that they will be encouraged to lead a healthy life even at a young age.
1. A Do-it- Yourself Health Guide
Objective: To compile a list of good health practices and share it with the class.
Divide the class into three groups. Assign one group to focus on eating habits, another to focus on good grooming and the last to focus on physical activity.
- Have each group brainstorm at least 7 health practices related to their assigned aspect of good health.
- Each group will then prepare a handbook or a brochure with the health practices they have discussed. They can cut out pictures from magazines and newspapers of related images.
Each group will then present their brochures to the class. You can make copies for the entire class of each group's book.
2. The Good Grooming Chart
Objective: Identify and record good grooming practices used on a daily basis.
Have your students list 5 good grooming practices that think they can do every day. Examples would be taking a bath, brushing teeth, washing hands before eating, etc.
- Help them prepare a one-week chart that would help your students monitor their own practices.
- They can simply check the things that they were able to do for that day.
- For added creativity, instead of simple checking, use happy and sad faces. The students will put smiley faces on practices that they were able to do that day. They will place sad faces on grooming activities that they were not able to do.
- They can paste or tape their chart to their notebooks. If you have a small class, they can post their work in the classroom to encourage each other to practice good grooming.
3. Health Demo
Objective: To demonstrate the proper way of washing, brushing and cleaning one's self.
- Ask your students to bring in simple grooming products such as sanitizer, hand soap, hand towel, toothbrush and toothpaste, and comb.
- Demonstrate to your students the proper way of washing their hands and combing their hair. You can use a video for teaching the proper way of brushing one's teeth if necessary.
- Afterwards, ask them to do the same thing using the products that they brought. You can use this activity to assess how well they learned good health practices.
4. Dear Abby…
Objective: To recall good health practices by providing advice to fellow students, as in role play.
- Prepare letters asking for advice from someone who has issues on good health. The sender can be the one having problems or he/she can have problems with another person.
Here is an example for this learning activity teaching good health:
I am quite shy to seek your advice but I just needed some help. I have a classmate and a very close friend named Rachel. Rachel is a nice and friendly girl but some of our classmates do not like to be with her because she has body odor. I try not to mind her smell when we're together because she is fun to be with. But sometimes, I want to put some physical distance between us because she really smells so bad, especially after our PE class. I don't want to hurt her feelings.
What should I do Abby?
For discussion, read the letter to the class. Afterwards, ask them what advice they can give to the sender, from a health professional's point of view.
- Another alternative would be dividing the class into 3 or 4 small groups. Give each group a letter then ask them to send a reply through a letter of their own. Remind them to advise the sender on good health practices.