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Garden Book Walk

Kiera Ruck,   Pine Shadows Elementary School
Physical Activity Participation,  Other
Garden Book Walk
The garden book was design to encourage teachers to take students outside and enjoy reading and physical activity! Pages of a book were placed on stakes throughout the garden. Students and teachers were able to take a class break and walk through the garden and read books about healthy food. The classes that participated were able to sample a healthy snack that paralleled with the book. For example, the book shown was about how pumpkins grow. Students were then able to sample pumpkin seeds! We will continue to display two other healthy books in the spring and encourage all teachers to participate. The book walk is available for students during recess time, library time, and after school as well.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students helped the adults choose the stories that were displayed on the book walk. They also helped vote on what healthy snacks should be sampled by the entire school. Students were able to help with advertisements and upkeep of the book walk throughout the first semester.

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

We were able to laminate the books and buy reusable materials to ensure that the garden book walk will be available for our students for many years to come. We are hoping to fund more healthy taste tests through future grants.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen an increase of teachers taking mid-day physical activity breaks. The students loved getting to participate in the book walk and enjoyed tasting a new healthy snack! We are hoping to continue to encourage students to take physical activity breaks and get outside more throughout the school day.