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Unit by: Jennifer Potter potterj1@k12tn.net

Unit Title: I Like Me!
Grade Levels: K-1
Unit Theme: Writing Across the Curriculum
Subject Areas: Language Arts, Science, Health and Wellness, Mathematics, Social Studies

Rationale:

The formation of a healthy self-image, understanding how to care for one's self and knowing how to have fun are the building blocks of a happy and successful life. This unit will facilitate the learning of these concepts.

Unit Overview:

 During this unit, students will participate in teacher led, whole class discussions and Internet activities. Students will work individually or with "study buddies" when completing computer activities using the word processor, CD-ROM, and electronic mail. Individual students will complete activities to be culminated in the final project. The teacher will monitor individual and "study buddy" activities, assisting students as needed.

 This unit has been designed to cover a 2-3 week time span. Considering individual classroom needs, teachers may adjust time to best facilitate student learning. Lessons do not have be completed in the order given or can be omitted, as long as modifications are accounted for in the final project.

 Lessons will include discussions and activities based on I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson, in the classroom. Portions of the final project will be completed outside the classroom, with parent help. If desirable, class trips could be made to a local grocery store or parks and recreation department . A visit from the school nutritionist, school nurse or from a dental hygienist could also be incorporated into the unit.

Unit Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction to I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson

Lesson 2: Making Observations: I Am Growing!

Lesson 3: The Importance of Exercise and Rest

Lesson 4: Nutrition Sleuths: Investigating Healthy Foods

Lesson 5: Writing Email

Lesson 6: Class Video: "Now We're Cookin'!"

Lesson 7: Buying Groceries

Lesson 8: Cleanliness - Tooth Care

Lesson 9: Tooth Care - Choosing Healthy Snacks

Lesson 10: Tooth Care - Brushing and Flossing

Lesson 11: Healthy Habits at Home

Lesson 12: Final Project - "All About Me!" Book

Additional Resources

Lesson 1: Introduction to I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will understand the importance of a positive self concept, interpersonal relationships and the relationships of sound social, emotional and mental health practices to wellness.
2. The student will write to respond actively and imaginatively to literature.
3. The student will use technological equipment safely, carefully, and appropriately in order to complete tasks.
4. The student will understand cooperation is necessary when working within large and small groups to complete tasks.

Materials:
I Like Me! by Nancy Carlson
Kid Pix, or traditional drawing materials
Nancy's Neighborhood http://www.nancycarlson.com/

Tasks:
After reading I Like Me!, the students will discuss the questions below. The questions should also be posed so that the students self reflect, and share personal experiences. After completing the story discussion, the students will create an "I like Me!" picture. They should be sure to draw a self portrait, and include some of the things about themselves that were discussed in the group. This picture will be used as a cover page for the "All About Me!" book. After answering the questions the students will visit Nancy's Neighborhood. They will read information about Nancy Carlson and email her (as a class) with comments or questions about the book.

1. Who was the character of the story?
2. Name some of the ways that she could take care of herself.
3. What did she do to cheer herself up?
4. What were some of the things she liked about herself, and made her special?
5. She liked to do many things. Can you name some?
6. Who was her best friend? Why?

Evaluation:
The teacher will observe student's participation and responses during group discussion. The teacher will assess student's picture for content, and neatness. The teacher will monitor use of technology if applicable during student work.

Lesson 2: Making Observations : I am Growing!

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will participate in a discussion by making relevant contributions to a specific topic while demonstrating appropriate etiquette.
2. The student will develop an awareness of the surrounding environment through observation.
3. The student will make accurate descriptions of observations to enable comparisons to be made with others.
4. The student will understand that human external features (size, height, hair color, eye color, etc.) may vary, yet the overall similarities are constant.
5. The student will describe personal changes over time, such as those related to physical development.
6. The student will understand cooperation is necessary when working within large and small groups to complete tasks.
7. The student will collect data by observing, measuring, surveying, and counting.

Materials:
pictures depicting people from infancy to adulthood
chart paper, markers
"When I was Little" poem
"I Am Special" worksheet
scale and tape measure

Tasks:
After reading "When I was Little" poem (adapted from Teacher created Materials), and looking at various pictures, students will brainstorm things they did when they were a baby and things they can do now. Responses should be graphed on chart paper. Children should also be encouraged to investigate the differences they see in the pictures. Prompt their responses by having them compare eye colors; hair colors, textures and lengths; skin tones and facial features. Next pair the children and let them explore the differences and alikeness with their classmate. In final discussion, guide the children so that they determine that although faces are the same in some ways, that in fact everyone is unique. For independent practice students should complete the "I am Special" worksheet page for the "All About Me!" book.

Evaluation:
Teachers will evaluate student's participation and responses during group discussion. Can the students indicate at least two ways that they grown (height, weight, abilities, etc.)? Can the students specify in what ways they are alike? Different? Did the students demonstrate appropriate cooperative skills when working with their classmate? Was the worksheet completed neatly and in a timely manner?

Lesson 3: The Importance of Exercise and Rest

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will discuss the value of good health habits such as adequate sleep, exercise and proper nutrition.
2. The student will understand the relationship of sound nutrition to total lifetime wellness.
3. The student will understand cooperation is necessary when working within large and small groups to complete tasks.

Materials:
pictures depicting active and passive activities
"Exercise and Rest" worksheet

Tasks:
Students will examine the various pictures and imitate the movements shown in the pictures. Discuss with the class the importance of exercise to keep the body healthy. Explain why the body also needs rest to reenergize itself. Next the students should classify the pictures as "exercising" or "resting" activities. Once the students demonstrate an understanding of "exercising" or "resting" activities, they should complete the "Exercise and Rest" worksheet for the "All About Me!" book.

Evaluation:
Did the students actively participate in the imitation of the movements in the pictures? Were they able to correctly categorize the actions as exercise or rest? The students should be able to explain why the body needs both exercise and rest, as well as be able to identify at least two activities of each type. Was the worksheet completed neatly and in a timely manner?

Lesson 4: Nutritional Sleuths: Investigating Healthy Foods

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will discuss the value of good health habits such as adequate sleep, exercise and proper nutrition.
2. The student will understand the relationship of sound nutrition to total lifetime wellness.
3. The student will use technological equipment safely, carefully, and appropriately in order to complete tasks.
4. The student will use technological reference sources.
5. The student will express ideas clearly and effectively in a variety of oral contexts and apply active listening skills in the analysis and evaluation of spoken ideas.
6. The student will understand cooperation is necessary when working within large and small groups to complete tasks.

Materials:
Dole 5 A Day Adventures CD-ROM
Dole Inc. http://www.dole5aday.com/
pictures depicting a variety of healthy foods / food pyramid
magazines, grocery ads from newspapers
"My Favorite Foods" worksheet

Tasks:
After being introduced to the food pyramid, students will gather information about fruits and vegetables at the Dole Inc. site and the 5 A Day Adventures CD-ROM. They should find 2-3 facts about selected fruits or vegetables. Next, the students should cut out pictures from magazines and create a "My favorite foods" page for the "All About Me!" book.

Evaluation:
The students should be able to name at least one food from each food group as well as be able to give 2-3 facts about selected fruits or vegetables form the Dole site and CD. Did the students demonstrate appropriate cooperative skills when working with their classmate? Was the worksheet completed neatly and in a timely manner?

Lesson 5: Writing Electronic mail

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will use technological equipment safely, carefully, and appropriately in order to complete tasks.
2. The student will understand cooperation is necessary when working within large and small groups to complete tasks.
3. The student will write to respond actively and imaginatively to literature.

Materials:
Dole Inc. http://www.dole5aday.com/

Tasks:
The students will dictate an e-mail message to one of the Dole characters.

Evaluation:
Did the students complete the task?

Lesson 6: Class Video: "Now We're Cookin'!"

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will discuss the value of good health habits such as adequate sleep, exercise and proper nutrition.
2. The student will use technological equipment safely, carefully, and appropriately in order to complete tasks.
3. The student will use technological reference sources.
4. The student will collect data by observing, measuring, surveying, and counting.
5. The student will understand cooperation is necessary when working within large and small groups to complete tasks.

Materials:
Dole Inc. http://www.dole5aday.com/
Dole 5 A Day Adventures CD-ROM
chart paper
video camera and VCR
variety of fruits and vegetables for "cooking" (depends on recipes used)

Tasks:
Groups of students will copy (on chart paper) a healthy snack recipe that they have brought from home, located on the Dole CD or Internet site. The recipes will be used to create a "Now We're Cooking" video. (Depending on class size, you may wish to involve students in different aspects of the video process, ie. getting recipes, printing cue cards, set crew, cameramen, chef, etc.)

Evaluation:
Did the students demonstrate appropriate cooperative skills when working with their classmate(s)? Did the student correctly copy the recipe to the chart paper? Was the recipe a healthy snack? Did the students complete the video?

Lesson 7: Buying Groceries

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will count sets of objects individually or by grouping.

Materials:
collection of empty grocery containers
money, "Class Cash" , or play money


The students will use their "class cash" to purchase healthy foods from the classroom grocery store by adding the cost of each item and counting the appropriate amount of money needed.
Note: Teachers will need to adjust this activity to their student's abilities.

Evaluation:
Were the foods that the students purchased healthy? Was the price added and the correct money given?

Lesson 8: Cleanliness - Tooth Care

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will use technological equipment safely, carefully, and appropriately in order to complete tasks.
2. The student will use technological reference sources.
3. The student will make accurate descriptions of observations to enable comparisons to be made with others.
4. The student will understand cooperation is necessary when working within large and small groups to complete tasks.
5. The student will describe personal changes over time, such as those related to physical development.

Materials:
Interactive Dental Office - download "???'s and Answers" http://www.familyinternet.com/dentist/
Little Explorers Dictionary - Letter "T" for "tooth" http://www.EnchantedLearning.com/Dictionary.html

Task:
After introducing that cleanliness (brushing teeth, bathing, washing hair, washing clothes, etc.) helps keep germs away from our body (and thus prevents us from getting sick), students will use the Interactive Dental Office ("???'s and Answers") and the Little Explorers site to gather information on tooth care. Students should be encouraged to share personal experiences about taking care of their teeth and going to the dentist. You may also want to gather a doll and objects related to cleanliness to be placed as a center activity. (The students will enjoy bathing and dressing the doll as well as brushing her teeth and styling her hair.)

Evaluation:
Did the students demonstrate active listening during the group time? Did the students share relative information to the discussion?

Lesson 9: Tooth Care: Choosing Healthy Snacks

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will make accurate descriptions of observations to enable comparisons to be made with others.
2. The student will use technological equipment safely, carefully, and appropriately in order to complete tasks.
3. The student will understand the relationship of sound nutrition to total lifetime wellness.

Materials:
Dr. Rabbit's No Cavity Clubhouse- "Tell the Tooth" http://kids-world.colgatepalmolive.com/kids-world/goodbad.html

Tasks:
Students will select the pictures to pick the snacks that are best for their bright smile!

Evaluation:
Was the student able to identify at least 3 of the snacks good for their teeth?

Lesson 10: Tooth Care - Brushing and Flossing

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will discuss the value of good health habits such as adequate sleep, exercise and proper nutrition.
2. The student will use technological equipment safely, carefully, and appropriately in order to complete tasks.
3. The student will make accurate descriptions of observations to enable comparisons to be made with others.

Materials:
Interactive Dental Office http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/nbarkhou/health/wordmagnets/Drag.html

A Visit to the Dentist

Tasks:
Students will unscramble the sentences to give rules for dental hygiene.
Teachers will read "A Visit to the Dentist" to the students.

Evaluation:
Were the activities completed successfully?

Lesson 11: Healthy Habits at Home

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will discuss the value of good health habits such as adequate sleep, exercise and proper nutrition.
2. The student will understand the relationship of sound nutrition to total lifetime wellness.

Materials:
"You Deserve a Star" worksheet

Tasks:
Students will demonstrate "healthy habits" at home for one week and complete the worksheet by placing a star next to the appropriate space. After one week the students will return the worksheet to school.

Evaluation:
Was the worksheet returned, with indication that "healthy habits" had been used?

Lesson 12: Final Project - "All About Me!" Book

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Grade Level: K-1

Standards:
1. The student will develop a sense of personal history through the collection and interpretation of family photos and stories.
2. The student will describe personal changes over time, such as those related to physical development.
3. The student will understand that human external features (size, height, hair color, eye color, etc.) may vary, yet the overall similarities are constant.
4. The student will collect data by observing, measuring, surveying, and counting.
5. The student will understand the importance of a positive self concept, interpersonal relationships and the relationships of sound social, emotional and mental health practices to wellness.

Materials:
worksheets previously completed during unit
photographs of students (and family) from infancy to current age

Tasks:
Students will create an "All About Me!" book to include:
pictures of themselves growing up and of their families
Self portrait, with name, address and phone number

"I Am Special" worksheet

"Exercise and Rest" worksheet

"My Favorite Foods" worksheet

"Incredible Edible" recipe

"You Deserve a Star" worksheet

Evaluation:
Teachers should evaluate the overall content and neatness of the book. Are all of the worksheets included? Are they in order?

Additional Resources:

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"More Story Stretchers" Shirley C. Rains and Robert J. Canaday
First Connections: The Golden Book Encyclopedia" CD-ROM
"Kinderventures- Amazing Me!" Optical Data Corporation Laser Disk and program guide
"Sammy's Science House-Sorting Station" EdMark
"Busytown-Dr's Office" Novotrade

Sites:
Dental Word Search
Games to Play with Children
KidsHealth
Online Games for Health

Activities:
Create a family tree.
Trace body on butcher paper and label body parts.
Compare fingerprints.
Explore the senses.
Make a "Special Me" box by having the students gather items important to them.

Songs:
"Getting to Know Myself" Halp Palmer
"Everything Grows" Raffi
" I Wonder If Im Growing" Raffi
"Brush Your Teeth" Raffi
"Skin and Bones" Raffi
"I Lost a Tooth Today" Joe Wayman
"Belly Button Blues" Joe Wayman
"Boogie Down Breakfast" Don Mitchell, Joe Wayman
"Everything Grows Together" Mr. Rodgers
Silly Willy Workout CD ,Brenda Colgate (Educational Activities Inc.)
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
The Hokey Pokey

Related Books:
"Magic School Bus- Inside the Body"
"Bread and Jam for Frances" Russell Hoban
"We're Different, We're the Same" Bobbi Jane Kates (Seasame Street)