Health Fairs

District: Lowell Area Schools Building: Lowell High School
Teacher(s): Juston Miller
Main Contact: Juston Miller Email: jmiller@lowellschools.com
Grade Level: 9th Subject(s): Health
First Trimester:     x Second Trimester: x Third Trimester:   x
First Semester:           Second Semester:           All Year:
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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

Lowell High School Health classes will create a health fair to take to take to elementary schools to teach younger children about various health issues.

 

Effective Practice: MEANINGFUL SERVICE

Service learning actively engages participants in meaningful and personally relevant service activities.

What community need will you address and how did you determine the need?

It is important for students to learn about healthy living at an early age in order to make good choices, form good habits and avoid unhealthy ones.

What service will you provide to address the need?

Health students will take information learned in class and prepare displays, activities, and lessons to share with students at the elementary school. Topics include: Smoking, Heart/Fitness/Obesity, Hygiene, Nutrition, Safety, and Cheap/Fun/Healthy Activities.

 

Effective Practice: LINK TO CURRICULUM

Service learning is intentionally used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

How is this project related to your curriculum?

The project reinforces learning in all of the main topics covered in class.

What are the educational goals?

Extended learning opportunity for students to gain a deeper knowledge about a health topic of interest to them.

 

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Strand: MMC Strand 1: Nutrition and Physical Activity
TLW: Distinguish between unhealthy and healthy ways to manage weight

Additional State Standards and Benchmarks

List standards and benchmarks met by this project.

Strand: MMC Strand 1, Standard 3: Health Behaviors
TLW: Demonstrate the ability to use information on food labels to choose nutrient-dense foods and beverages, and to avoid or limit foods and beverages that are low in nutrients or may impact health conditions.

Strand: MMC Strand 2, Standard 1: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
TLW: Describe short-term and long-term health consequences of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

Strand: MMC Strand 5, Standard 1: Personal Health and Wellness
TLW: Describe how common infectious diseases are transmitted.

 

Effective Practice: REFLECTION

Service learning incorporates multiple challenging reflection activities that are ongoing and that prompt deep thinking and analysis about oneself and one’s relationship to society.

What form(s) of reflection will you use with the students to help them identify what they have learned and accomplished?

Students evaluated their presentations from the feedback received from the elementary students and staff. They also reflected through videotaped interviews.

 

Effective Practice: DIVERSITY

Service learning promotes understanding of diversity and mutual respect among all participants.

What types of diverse perspectives and experiences will be explored as part of your project?

(i.e.: cultural, generational, abilities/disabilities, learning styles, etc)

Students must be considerate of younger students’ learning styles, abilities and disabilities.

 

Effective Practice: YOUTH VOICE

Service learning provides youth with a strong voice in planning, implementing, and evaluating service learning experiences with guidance from adults.

How will students gain ownership of the project?

Students create their own presentations using the following guidelines. Exhibits must have

1. Poster and/or Video
2. Hands on interaction/activity
3. Each group member participates in answering and presenting on topic questions
4. Creativity
5. Short 5 question multiple choice quiz

 

Effective Practice: RECIPROCAL PARTNERSHIPS

Service learning partnerships are collaborative, mutually beneficial, and address community needs.

Who will you partner with for this project?

  • Alto Elementary
  • Murray Lake Elementary
  • Cherry Creek Elementary

How will students benefit from this partnership?

They will benefit through a thorough knowledge of the topics addressed in the health fair. Their exhibits will require additional research aside from the material covered in class. By preparing information for younger children to understand, it will reinforce their learning as well.

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

The high school students learn to be role models and can help elementary students see the importance of health education. The younger students look up to, and really listen to the information being provided by the high school students.

 

Effective Practice: PROGRESS MONITORING

Service learning engages participants in an ongoing process to assess the quality of implementation and progress toward meeting specified goals, and uses results for improvement and sustainability.

How will you assess the student learning goals?

High school students are assessed on their expertise of their specific topic area.

How will you assess your service goals?

Elementary students are asked questions through brief quizzes created by the older students. Their understanding will determine if the service was successful or not.

 

Effective Practice: DURATION AND INTENSITY

Service learning has sufficient duration and intensity to address community needs and meet specified outcomes.

How will you prepare students for this experience?

The project is the culmination of everything the students have learned throughout the trimester in the Health curriculum. Additional instruction will take place to discuss multiple intelligences in order for students to prepare presentations for diverse learners.

What are some sample possible activities students might do as part of this project?

Students will create a variety of educational elements for the Health Fair not limited to, but including:

• Displays
• PowerPoint Presentations
• Oral Presentations
• Games
• Quizzes to check the younger students’ understanding