Energy Balance

Objective

Objective
Learn the concept of balancing the amount of energy consumed and the energy used.
Key Teaching Messages
Increase daily GO food/drink intake, while decreasing SLOW and WHOA food/drink intake.
Increase physical activity.
Decrease drinking regular soda and juice drinks, while increasing water and fat-free or lowfat milk intake.
Performance Standards
NATIONAL PRE-KĖ2nd grade HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
Demonstrate healthy practices and behaviors to maintain or improve personal health.
Common Core Standards: Kindergarten-Second Grade
Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.4
Reading Literature:
Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7
Measurement and Data:
Describe and Compare Measurable Attributes

CCSS.Math.Content.K.MD.A.2
NIH Health Messages
Engage in 60 min. moderate activity on most, preferably all, days of the week.
Reduce sedentary activity.
Limit screen time to less than 2 hours daily.
Balancing the energy you put into your body, in calories from food, with the energy you put out, is so important! Demonstrate the concept of balance by having the children stand on one foot. Explain to children that it is important to try and keep balanced with our food and physical activities as well. Please donít forget that beverages loaded with sugar have to be included in the total calorie count for the day.
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Health Demonstration
Energy Balance Demo
Our lives are balancing acts ó if we eat a lot, we have to put out a lot of physical energy. Counting calories is only part of the solution. The nutritional value of the food is also very important. Some foods, like avocado, are high in nutrients and calories.
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Music & Movement
The Hello Song
Ask children to share some of the songs they sing at home as part of their bedtime routines. You can also sing a variation of this song, substituting the words good night for hello.
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Music & Movement
The Clean-up Song
Just like a family meal, clean-up time is a family activity as well. In school, this song can be used with any lesson, and is a nice way to keep children moving through clean-up activities.
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Art
Seesaw Collage
Seesaw Collage
Seesaw Collage
Materials
  • Energy Balance Graphic Handout
  • Glue sticks
Instructions
  1. Distribute one seesaw graphic to each child.
  2. Keep the images in two separate piles: physical activities and GO foods.
  3. Have children select one GO food for every physical activity and glue each on opposite sides of the seesaw: GO foods on one side, activities on the other side.
  4. Color in or decorate the images.
  5. Help children talk about their balancing choices on the seesaw.
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The seesaw is a visual that clearly shows how energy is balanced. Itís also a good opportunity to review the importance of GO foods, and why itís best to limit our intake of WHOA foods.
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Literacy
Giraffes Canít Dance
Giraffes Canít Dance
Giraffes Canít Dance
Overview
Giraffes Canít Dance, by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, shows children how good it feels to get up and move.
Vocabulary
Animal Words: giraffe, rhino, lion, chimp, baboon, cricket
Descriptive Words: tall, long, slim, think, crooked, still, silly, sweetest
Action Words: standing, munching, skip, prance, dancing, swallowed, whispered, swaying, swishing, shuffling, leapt
Directional Words: up, backward, sideways, above
Challenge Words: buckled, clumsy, bravely, elegant, sneered
Alternate Books
From Head to Toe
by Eric Carle

Elephants Cannot Dance!
by Mo Willems
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The book helps make the point that any movement, structured or goofy, is great for the body! House cleaning, dancing, jumping around ó these are all effective ways to use energy and get exercise.
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Did You Know?
 
Did you know children need calories to help them grow and learn?
Calories from nutrient-rich GO foods are best. WHOA foods, like cookies and cupcakes, contain a lot of calories but very little nutritional value to help healthy bodies grow.
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Activities
Walk faster than you normally do. Challenge family members to speed-walking contests!
Turn on a variety of music and dance. When the music stops, strike a pose and balance.
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Recipes

Recipes

Spread a teaspoon of fat-free or low-fat cream cheese on a piece of toasted whole grain bread. Place tomato slices on top.
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Printables
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New Words
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  • Balance
  • Energy
  • Move
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