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Staying Healthy Year Round

Life Skills:

  • Social & Civic Responsibility

Time Frame:
4 class periods that run 30 minutes each.


Students will read literature about the seasons and observe and describe the weather in each. The group will compare and contrast the activities of people during different weather conditions showing how they adapt to changes. They will generate activity and nutritional guides appropriate to each.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Kindergarten
Standard 2 Objective 3

Compare changes in weather over time.

Supplemental Materials (pdf)


  • books (see bibliography)
  • writing material

Web Sites

  • yahoo
    Once in yahoo I typed in fall ron hirschi and got a list of wonderful sites to click onto. There was a Booklist-Seasons that listed books for 4-8 yr. olds so that you can find appropriate resourse material in your school library for this lesson.
    There was also a site called Learning Kits to Go that may be helpful.
    A good one for parents was The Wild Place at the Richland County Public Library

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will observe and describe the basic components of weather and understand how a healthy diet and exercise can increase the likelihood of physical and mental wellness year round.

Instructional Procedures:
1. Read a variety of books about the seasons or weather. (see bibliography)
2. Make a chart of physical activities appropriate for different weather conditions found in each season.
3. Generate a list of favorite seasonal foods or comfort foods triggered by weather conditions and discuss good nutrition year round.

Strategies For Diverse Learners:
Gifted Students: Gather and read books independently. Generate activity and food lists independently.
Struggling Student: Listen to books read to them. Draw or cut out pictures of appropriate activities and food.

This lesson could be done with a whole group, in cooperative learning groups, or as individual projects. Final projects could include lists, charts, posters, demonstrations, dioramas, oral reports, class or individual books.

Assessment Plan:
The rubric called "Staying Healthy Year Round" may be used to assess student learning.


Iwamura, Kazuo. The 14 Forest Mice and the Winter Sledding Day. 1991.
Iwamura, Kazuo. The 14 Forest Mice and the Summer Laundry Day. 1991.
Iwarmura, Kazuo. The 14 Forest Mice and the Harvest Moon Watch. 1991.
Iwarmura, Kazuo. The 14 Forest Mice and the Spring Meadow Picnic. 1991.
Maass, Robert. When Spring Comes. 1994.
Maass, Robert. When Summer Comes. 1993.
Maass, Robert. When Autumn Comes. 1990.
Maass, Robert. When Winter Comes. 1996.
Hirschi, Ron. Summer.1991.
Hirschi, Ron. Winter. 1990.
Hirschi, Ron. Spring. 1990.
Hirschi, Ron. Fall. 1991.
Ichikawa, Satomi. A Child's Book of Seasons. 1975.
Gibbons, Gail. The Reasons For Seasons. 1995.
Schlepp,Tommy. My World: Seasons. 2000.
Burningham, John. Seasons. 1969.
Krensky, Stephen. Lionel in the Fall. 1987.


Created Date :
Jul 25 2002 08:39 AM