Be careful what you wish for – I spent the month of September in contact with my schools, hoping to set up some in-class nutrition lessons. After reaching out to one engaged teacher at North Fayette Elementary, she invited me to meet with the other teachers in the school to make my case. I guess they liked what they heard, because soon I had a teacher asking me to come the following week! And then another. And another. And another.
By the end I had seven lessons set up, but only a two-day work week. I was too nervous to turn any of them away, so I scheduled them all on the same day, October 1.
For 3rd and 4th Grade, we did English lessons on parts of speech. They sampled Pears, Pomegranates, and Peppers while blindfolded, encouraging them to come up with good adjectives to describe what they were feeling, smelling and tasting.
Kindergarten was learning about their 5 Senses. We explored ways to improve all five, and used each one to tell the difference between an apple and a dark red pear.
One second grade class was working with maps. They used a map of the United States to orient their school and the sources of some of their favorite foods, both local and interstate/international.
The other second graders were working with the water cycle. We compared the daily activities of a human to the actions of the water cycle, and engaged our entire bodies while working with some long, long vocab words (Evaporation, Condensation, and Precipitation).
The day was an enormous success, and most teachers were excited to schedule our next lesson right away. I was very tired after, but it was all worth it to build relationships with the teachers with whom I will be working.