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Project SHARE Curriculum: Activities to Enhance the Curriculum

Student Health Advocates Redefining Empowerment

Activities To Enhance the Curriculum

These activities, some of which are tied to a specific lesson, successfully engaged the students in the SHARE program.  
We hope they work for you, too.

 

Engaging Stakeholders

  • Communication is Key - Let the community know what you’ve been doing.
  • Advisory Committee - Form an advisory committee to assist with advocacy, communications, funding, and more.
  • Parental Involvement - Involve parents in their children’s experiences.
  • Kickoff Event - Invite participants' family members to encourage buy-in, open communication channels and build a community around the curriculum.
  • Celebrate Accomplishments - Acknowledge hard work and commitment
    through a capstone event.

 

Icebreakers/Discussion

  • Journal Club - Discuss current issues related to health disparities, public health policies, and advocacy programs.
  • Guest Speakers - Expose students to an assortment of viewpoints that add to the classroom experience.
  • Icebreakers and Discussion Prompts – Get the conversation started with icebreakers and hands-on activities that encourage sharing and discussion.

 

Around Food

  • Visit Farms and Farmers’ Markets – Get out of the classroom to help students’ think about healthy food choices through interactions with local farms and gardens.
  • Visit Grocery Stores – Plan activities around grocery stores big and small.
  • Cook and Eat Together – Cooking and sharing a meal is a fun way to build community and learn about healthy eating.

 

Out of the Classroom

  • Cultural Programming, Museums and Exhibits - Identify programs relevant to your learning objectives; visit libraries, museums, and special events.
  • Interacting with Health Professionals - Provide an engaging opportunity for students to explore a variety of health careers.
  • Field Trip to Pharmacy or Drug Store - Give students hands-on experience in preparing for medical emergencies.
  • Organize a Student Run Health Fair - Expose students to community health advocacy by having them organize and manage a health fair at their school.
  • Walk Across America - Engage students as a team in a walking activity.

 

Videos/Films/Games

  • Health Equity Films/Videos - Viewing short videos. That often contain personal stories, can frame concepts and ideas for students.
  • Films and Documentaries on Food - Engage students with evidence, stories, and personal narratives.
  • Board Games - Through play, experience concepts in the social determinants of health and health equity.