Fifth Graders Contribute to North Winn Wellness

North Winn 5th grader Robert paints numbers on activity dice.

North Winn 5th grader Robert paints numbers on activity dice.

 

5th graders Lani and Tristin march with the Kindergartners while introducing their new activity dice.

5th graders Lani and Tristin march with the Kindergartners while introducing their new activity dice.

North Winn fifth grade students recently passed some wellness knowledge on to younger students with hand-made activity dice.

They painted numbers on half the dice and symbols on the others. Each class was given a pair of dice plus a card with activities for each symbol. Fifth grade volunteers taught the students to roll the dice and perform the activity on one die for the number of times shown on the other. The cards are written in erasable marker so the classes can change activities as they wish.

The fifth graders learned some important nutrition and activity messages in February from Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative’s Laura Liechty, and decided to spread the word to other students. Laura, ISU Extension’s regional youth and nutrition coordinator, showed them exercises that are easy to do in class during short “brain breaks.” She also demonstrated sweetener content of several beverages and other health concerns when she met with them at North Winn.

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