More reasons for SLLLLEEEPPP

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Hey there parents and teens, or soon to be teens!  Yet another article about the power of SLEEP!  We all know 9 hours is the goal for teens, but did you know only 40% middle school students are getting those much needed zzzzzz’s?  Teenagers, Sleep and Mental Health, an article by Harvard Medical School psychiatrist Emily Deans M.D.explains why sleep is so necessary for children, teens and adults, focusing on sleeps effect on mental health.

Check it out and get some great tips on how to help yourself get the WHOLE 9!

Nutrition Around the World!

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Food messages around the world are changing every day.  Today we are going to do a little research about what people are eating around the globe and how it compares to your daily diet.  Watch this video clip about breakfast around the world and see how it compares to your daily breakfast and notice the differences amongst the countries.

Now take a look at this at this slideshow about school lunches around the world.  When you’re looking at the pictures, think about how the lunches compare to your lunch and which lunches you wish were served here at SAS!

Now, you’re going to learn more about why people around the world consume the foods they eat by looking at the food and dietary guidelines all around the world. Here is the link to the most recent Food Based Dietary Guidelines around the world.  Our hope is that you can make our cafeteria a place where students are able to put into practice the messages they learn:)

Below is your note-taking sheet that will help you with this project:

Food Guidelines around the World Note taking Sheet S2015

We are also going to be looking if you’re able to find and locate valid, resourceful information through your note taking sheet.    Take a look at the rubric to make sure you’re on the right track and using all the skills you’ve been taught to locate these resources.

Food Guidelines Project Rubric

6th Grade: Evaluating Online Resouces

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Hey kids!  Today we’re going to take some time to closely at websites we find online to make sure they are valid, resourceful and kid-friendly.  We want to make sure if you ever need to use the computer to search a Health topic, you have some great resources in your back pocket to go to.

First we’re going to watch a fews videos on the power of safe online searching:

BrainPop: Online Sources

Credible Sources?-From Hartness Library in Vermont

Next let’s do some research and look at the KidsHealth website together.

Now it’s your turn on your own!  First, download the note-taking sheet.

Evaluating Health Websites Fall 2014

Evaluating Health Websites Rubric F2015

Second, think of a typical question one may have during puberty, put it into your favorite search engine and see your results.  From what you know and learned evaluating sources for their validity, complete your own evaluating health websites sheet.  With all the awesome valid and reliable websites you and your friends in the class find, you will have a great tool kit of websites that will give you awesome information about PUBERTY!  🙂

Happy researching!


Get Ready to Enter…THE BLUE ZONES!

Blue Zones Project

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Part 1:

Hey all you 6th graders! So you just learned about the Wellness Wheel and the four main areas of our health: Physical, Social, Emotional and Mental. You also learned that you are at your best when these four areas are at healthy balance. But sometimes knowing actually HOW to maintain balance in these four areas can be tricky!

First go through and look at Blue Zone Slideshows from the National Geographic.

After you are done looking through slideshows…

As you are looking at the pictures and reading the captions of the pictures, write down any FIERCE WONDERINGS about what you’re seeing on post its.

  • What are you wondering about while looking at the pictures?
  • Do you have any questions about what you see?
  • What do you notice about the pictures?

Give them about 15 minutes or so to look through the pictures and write down their wonderings.

Come back together as a group and have them bring their post its up to the FIERCE WONDERINGS chart paper and stick theirs up. Have a discussion about this.

Part 2

This is where you come in. We need your help. I know you just saw the slideshows and pictures of people living in BLUE ZONES. It’s crazy! People can’t stop talking about these places and we heard people who live in Blue Zones are special for some reason but we have yet to find out why. For some reason, I think the information we learn about blue zones could help us in some way. So let’s find out more about these BLUE ZONES!!!!

Begin your travels to the Blue Zones by Clicking this link:  Blue Zones Project-Word.

Next, please go to my blog:

Show them my latest post and read to them the paragraph about Blue Zones. Show them where to get their research sheet, open the link and go over the questions with them. Have them open and save this document in their Health folders.

Begin the research on Blue Zones!

Day 2: Research continues on the Blue Zones…

Gratitude through Baking


The announcements did not lie. This was the best bake sale ever. Ms. Hefte’s home base sold a wide variety of cookies, cupcakes, and delicious baked goods. That may be reason enough for some people to believe that it truly was the best bake sale, but there’s more. Our bake sale was to raise money to help show our appreciation to the people who keep our school the amazing place it is. You guessed it, the support staff at SAS. The whole middle school worked together to feed the support staff lunch and fill bags with food for them to share with their families during this holiday season. Could there be a better time to give back to our amazing support staff than Chinese New Year? I didn’t think so. Ms. Hefte and her home base truly did pull off the best bake sale ever, and learned a lot about gratitude in the process.

By Lily Heald-6th grader @ SAS