Active, Healthy Lifestyles

Teacher(s): Deb Truszkowski, Isabel Blanco
Main Contact: Deb Truszkowski
Date: 4/2013           Building: Godfrey-Lee High School            Grades: 9-12
Semester: Extended Learning

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Project Overview

Give a brief overview of the project you are planning.

To promote active, healthy lifestyles and encourage teamwork in young children and adolescence.


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?

This project addresses the obesity epidemic that has affected the United States, particularly in children in low socioeconomic areas. This project was picked in response observing the lack of activity in the neighborhood and subsequent health problems associated with childhood obesity.

What service will you provide to address the need?

• The students have designed games and activities that promote active healthy lifestyles that combat childhood obesity.

• We are providing the service of teaching children how to play together and create activities on their own.


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 a specific curriculum?

This project is related to the 21st Century Skills Curriculum

State Standards and Benchmarks   List standards and benchmark met by this project.

I.Learning & Innovation Skills

I.1 Creativity

I.3 Critical Thinking

I.4 Problem Solving

I.5 Collaboration

I.6 Communication


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 students use to show what they have learned and accomplished?

• group discussion

• making visual presentation of project


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.)

Generational by having teenagers work with youth. It also teaches all involved to work with many ability levels.


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 this project?

The students are taking ownership by choosing, planning, organizing, advertising, and running the event.



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

Who will you partner with for this project?

Youth of the community

How will the partner benefit from this collaboration?

Promote physical activity in the youth



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?

Through group discussion and reflection



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

How will you prepare students for this experience?

To prepare students for working with young children we will participate in role playing activities that present students with hypothetical situations and discuss possible solutions.

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

• Sports like basketball, soccer, and football.

• Baking

• Outdoor games

• Water games



The three arms of sustainability are environmental stewardship, economic growth, and social progress. Think planet, profit, and people.

Describe how your project addresses the issue of sustainability.

This project addresses social progress in the form of combating childhood obesity.