Monday, April 29, 2013

Dear Dr. Smartstuff....

Did you know that we update the letters to Dr. Smartstuff, published in the Student Issues, every year? It's true! While some letters are published, all letters are answered! 

If your class hasn't written to Dr. Smartstuff yet, now is the time to compose individual or class letters. As the school year moves to a close, we are in the process of choosing letters to appear in next year's publications. Have your students practice their letter composition skills and send Dr. Smartstuff a health related question. He is ready to respond!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Come Hear More About The Common Core

Going to the National AAHPERD Conference in Charlotte, NC this week? 

You can hear more about THE GREAT BODY SHOP and its alignment to The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. Look for the session we are presiding over. 

Our Director of Curriculum and Training, Roxanne Burns, will join Amy Renee Prior (Harding University High School, Charlotte, NC) and Johanna Chase (North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Raleigh, NC) for a panel discussion/presentation. Come join the discussion!

Title: Common Core: Challenges and Successes Integrating with Health Education

Date/Time: Friday, April 26, 2013: 10:15 AM-12:15 PM

Convention Center Location: 207AB

Alignment To The Common Core For ELA

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects are designed to support all students in the effort to create college and career readiness. THE GREAT BODY SHOP provides an abundance of opportunities requiring students to apply skills used in literature, reading informational text, writing for purpose and understanding, working in cooperative groups to discuss, listening and communicating effectively in every health lesson. 

Using this matrix, we can help teachers find the natural links to the anchor standards found in each lesson. Because THE GREAT BODY SHOP is consistent with the instructional strategies used in every lesson, we found that the alignment to the anchor standards follows a similar pattern at every grade level. 

Here is one example!
Grade 1 Anchor Standards alignment for Month One: Look Out!

Friday, April 19, 2013

AAHPERD Demonstration:Integrating Health Into PE

If you are in Charlotte, NC for the AAHPERD conference, join us in Demonstration Area #1 on Thursday, 4/25/13, from  3:00-3:50 pm. We will be showcasing some fun PE/Health activities from our new K-8 Coordinated School Health Implementation Guide for Physical Education Teachers. Activities will demonstrate how health concepts can be taught in a PE class. Participants will learn creative ways that movement can be used to teach students about the circulatory system, the immune system, and nutrition. Come for the fun and leave with some great ideas! See you there!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

When bad things happen...

We, at The Children's Health Market, are always concerned about how children process difficult and painful things they see in the news. That is why we hope you will remind children that there are always grown ups around to help them. Finding someone to help, sharing feelings, and talking to trusted adults are very important skills for all children to learn. We encourage you to remember these wise words from Mr. Rogers as you help children process the recent events seen on the news.

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

― Fred Rogers

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Coordinated School Health Kit Is Now K-8!

We have great news for school districts who are using THE GREAT BODY SHOP Coordinated School Health Kit K-5 and for those who have been anxiously waiting for it to include Middle School. The Coordinated School Health Guides have been updated and expanded to include K-8. 
Colorful new covers and great new activities for elementary and middle school!

Using the same user-friendly process to plan, calendar, and evaluate school-based wellness activities, THE GREAT BODY SHOP now provides even more activities that can be implemented by School Health Advisory Committees (SHAC) at both the elementary and middle school level. The eight booklets target various members of the SHAC including administrators, teachers, PE teachers, counselors, school nurses, nutrition services personnel, family and community members, as well as support staff and students. Each booklet contains monthly, thematic school-based activities, identifies the various team members who will collaborate together, and provides simple assessment questions.

Coordinated School Health Activity Calender

Web tools to support, track, and evaluate THE GREAT BODY SHOP Coordinated School Health implementation are coming soon!

Friday, April 5, 2013

2013 AAHPERD National Convention in Charlotte, NC April 23-27, 2013

Are you going? If so, we'll see you there! Not only are we hosting an exhibit, but THE GREAT BODY SHOP will take on a greater role by presenting workshops and providing demonstrations. 

Come to our workshop titled "Common Core Challenges and Successes: Integrating with Health Education," a panel discussion that gets at the heart of the Common Core and illustrates classroom examples for integration of the Common Core into K-12 health education. This workshop will be held on April 26 from 10:15-12:15. Plan ahead and don't miss it!

Come see us in the Demonstration Area # 1 on April 25 from 3:00 - 3:50. During this time frame, we will unveil some of our most popular physical fitness activities that integrate health and PE. These activities are found in our Coordinated School Health Implementation Guide for Physical Education Teachers. It should be a great time and fun for all! 

Be sure to stop by The Children's Health Market exhibit booth and say "Hi!"