Using Big Universe to Promote Health in your Classroom

Posted by Teresa Marchant on Jan 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Teaching students about health related topics can be fun and rewarding. Finding the right resources will allow you to encourage participation in a healthy and active lifestyle. Whether you are teaching them how to make smart eating choices, hygiene or fitness your students will enjoy these resources and activities.

Smart Eating Choices
From a young age, students should be educated on smart eating choices. Eating a variety of healthy foods is a tool that can give children a healthy start and could last a lifetime. Incorporate healthy eating ideas into your entire curriculum using some fo the following ideas:


  • Teach fractions using orange slices (students can eat their work when finished)
  • Graph healthy food choices
  • Keep a diary of the fat-counts for foods eaten in a week, calculate the number of calories from fat they eat in a week, find their daily average of fat, and compare their fat intake with that of other students.


  • Discuss the growth process from seed to plant
  • Plant a "classroom garden"
  • Create a snack from the healthy foods in the garden


  • To help define “Healthy Snack”, share these resources found on Big Universe.
Jan_18_blog_2.jpgFor younger students:

Tess Samson (author), Illustrator (illustrator)
ISBN: 9781607196181

Newmark Learning

For older students:
Marilyn La Penta (author)
ISBN: 9781617727924

Bearport Publishing

Jan_18_blog_3.jpgFrom the publisher, “The mouthwatering recipes in Winter Punches to Nut Crunches will make kids want to come out of hibernation! With lots of healthy winter fruits and vegetables in supply, making recipes like Peppermint Hot Chocolate, St. Patricks Green Smoothie, and Nut-and-Honey Bars will be fun and easy for even the youngest of cooks. Each recipe includes a nutrition tip and a fact box, as well as a list of tools and ingredients and easy, step-by-step instructions. Kids will learn about nutrition and healthy eating, sequencing and following directions, math and measuring skills, and kitchen safety. These recipes will get tummies growling!”

Proper Hygiene
Jan_18_blog_4.jpgWinter is cold and flu season.  Teaching your students to wash their hands will help prevent the spread of germs.  Need information and ideas to help.  This resource is filled with activities to encourage good hygiene.  

Katie Marsico (author)
ISBN: 9781633620650

Cherry Lake Publishing

From the publisher, “Practice Good Hygiene! focuses on hygiene skills while discussing steps children can take to practice healthy lifestyles. Readers are introduced to basic body care and why cleanliness is important. Body odor, bad breath, germs, and self-esteem are discussed. Callouts prompt inquiry, further thinking, and close examination of photographs. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.”

Jan_18_blog_5.jpgFitness-Being fit can be fun!  You could start a running or fit club with your students.  By making exercise fun students will enjoy being active.  This resource provides ideas behind the importance of being active.  There are many benefits of exercise discussed in this book.

Jenna Lee Gleisner (author)
AR: Accelerated Reader (AR) Points:0.5, Accelerated Reader (AR) Quiz Number:167802
ISBN: 9781607536864

Amicus Publishing


Brainstorm Exercise Activities with Your Students
Getting learners excited about their health and fitness often means giving them ownership of the ways that they will practice a healthy lifestyle. As an educator, it is our job to encourage students to explore fun and exciting ways to incorporate health and fitness into their daily lives. The ideas they come up with now could be the start of a lifetime of healthy choices. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


By including many aspects of health into classroom curriculum, students learn new vocabulary, set goals and learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. Do you have other ideas that you have used to integrate health into your classroom curriculum? Share in the comments below!

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