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One Simple Change

Dana Moore,   Cypress El
Access to Healthy Foods
Our play is “One Simple Change”. We started this last year and will continue it this year. We have refined and improved it and will now have teachers involved along with the students. Each month we have a theme or change we are working on. We have a lesson on the health topic. We use models or play a game to reinforce the topic. The students get a sheet that is a calendar with the topic they are working on. They check off the day that they are able to accomplish the task; such as drinking half your body weight in ounces. Another example is to make a healthy smoothie that day. If they do it, they check it off. Not all days have to be checked off but a majority of them need to be. If they complete that task they bring the sheet back to the PE teacher. If they complete 5 of the 7 months then they get a brag tag at the end of the year. It is a Fitness Leader tag to put on their chain. We are a Leader in Me school and the kids add tags for things such as A/B honor roll or perfect attendance. They get excited about getting these. Teachers will also be involved this year. We are to do a WIG (Wildly Important Goals). These calendars each month will be put on the teacher’s doors and the teachers will work to accomplish these changes along with the students. The students will see the "buy in" by teachers and want to do this along with their role models.

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

We started this last year. It was a great basis to get started. The kids love to check off what they do during the month and are excited when they bring the calendar back at the end of the month with all they accomplished. The students love to get that brag tag and be announced in the assembly. The teachers will also be doing this. We can expand on this next year and keep the favorite topics and add a new one.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

The students will see teachers doing the topic as well and see on theirs doors all their check offs of the days they drink water or skip the drive through. We are also going to present these topics at the open house to parents so they can be involved where their kids in accomplishing the change of the month.

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

Last school year, we saw that not all of the sheets were being turned in to the PE teacher. This year the kids will bring the sheets directly to the PE teacher so the kids will be accountable and be leaders. We also believe more students will get involved this year. The PE teacher will be talking to parents at the grade level open houses so they will know what the sheets are being used for and how to do the calendars each month.