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Buddy for Nutrition

By
Allison Holzaepfel,   Danbury Local School
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Topics:
Access to Healthy Foods,  Student Leadership
6th grade students have been learning about nutrition in Mrs. Holzaepfel's Wellness Class. Earlier this winter they shared their food group knowledge with the Kindergarten classes. Each Kindergarten student got to “buddy up” with a 6th grade reading partner and read The Two Bite Club. This book was developed by the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA and endorses ChooseMyPlate.gov. After reading the book together, the 6th graders taught a lesson about why eating foods from all the food groups promotes health. Each kindergartner got to take home the book and memories of spending time with an older student. A win-win all the way around!

How did students and adults work together as a team?

I enjoyed helping the 6th grade wellness students create a lesson plan for the kindergarten nutrition lesson. It was a total role reversal. The older students were nervous to read aloud at first but soon relished their fame and popularity as the younger students were star struck by having a 6th grade reading partner.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

This is the second time I've had a reading of The Two Bite Club but the first time I've have it peer taught. It was wonderfully received by the younger students and helped enforce the lesson for the older students. I would definitely incorporate peer teaching again. I hope this book remains available to order in years to come because allowing the Kindergarten students to take it home encourages reading and nutrition knowledge at home.