Learn the importance of making healthy beverage choices for a healthy body.
Key Teaching Messages
Water is a GO drink; drink it anytime!Water is essential to our body’s survival. It helps every part of your body.Fat-free or low-fat milk and fortified 100% orange juice are important sources of calcium, which helps build strong bones. (Note: not all juices are fortified with calcium.)
NATIONAL PRE-K–2nd grade HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS Identify that healthy behaviors impact 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.2.4Reading 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.1.3Craft and Structure CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4Integration of Knowledge and Ideas CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7
NIH Health Messages
Drink water, or fat-free, or low-fat milk instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.Limit the availability and accessibility of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Incorporate water breaks into your daily routine, for both you and your students. Make sure fresh water is easily available, to insure that your school community can make healthy beverage choices. Ask the children how they feel before they have a drink, emphasizing the experience of being thirsty, and reinforce how refreshed they might feel after drinking a glass of water.
Feel free to substitute pretty much any fruit in this song, especially those you might use to make drinks — squeeze and zest the lemon; squeeze the strawberries. Follow the song with a snack of fruit-flavored water.
Hidden Sugar Truth Demonstration
This activity can be played like a game show. Ask the ‘audience’ to guess how many teaspoons of sugar they think are in a can of soda? Get everyone involved by sharing guesses.
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.
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.
Squeeze fresh lemons into a glass of water for a refreshing drink.
Make your own popsicles using an ice cube tray or small disposable cups and popsicle sticks. Fill with water and add fresh squeezed oranges and mashed strawberries. Cover with aluminum foil and poke the sticks through the foil to hold them in place. Put in your freezer. Once frozen, pop out of container and enjoy.