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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.