Welcome to the Teacher Information page. Here we will keep you updated on the World of Wellness Health Education series.
Human Kinetics has developed additional minilessons and worksheets for teaching the WOW! material. These can be viewed and printed from this site. To access the additional materials, click here.
These unit tests are provided for teachers whose schools have adopted the World of Wellness Health Education series student texts and teachers guides. Answer sheets to these test questions can be obtained by contacting your Human Kinetics K-12 sales representative.
In April 2005 the USDA updated the Dietary Guidelines and the Food Guide Pyramid into a single system now known as the Food Guidance System (www.mypyramid.gov) to better integrate nutrition and physical activity information and recommendations found in each system, which previously overlapped. Now the graphic shows how to balance what we eat with our physical activity.
In this section, we address the most recent addition to the U.S. government's revised nutrition information, the new MyPyramid. The WOW! series includes the 2005 Dietary Guidelines as well as general references to the new food guidance system. Rest assured that the lessons that refer to the original "food guide pyramid" include directions to the website www.mypyramid.gov so that you may deliver the lesson using the latest information. Indeed, the basic nutrition information in the WOW! series is based on sound scientific principles and the most current information available at the time of publication-the same as for the updated food guidance system.
In addition, we know that many schools and school districts will continue to use the original food guide pyramid for some time to come, as it may be part of their districts standards for nutrition and health education. Therefore, the WOW! series can assist districts on both fronts - supporting the new food guidance system while continuing to support the original food guide pyramid. Look for additional lesson plans on the new MyPyramid to be posted on this Web site in the near future.
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The new system also allows individuals to design a personalized approach to diet and physical activity. By going to the www.mypyramid.gov website home page, you can begin to design your own "food pyramid" based on your (or your students') age, gender, activity level, food preferences, and other parameters. Also of particular interest to educators may be these specific URLs:
Correlations to Bloom's Taxonomy show how WOW! develops comprehension and critical thinking skills.
Your students will be introduced to an entire school year of health and wellness education topics while taking a memorable journey with Ruby, T.J., Cody, Sydney, and others. The student books present the information in a story format that keeps kids interested.
The WOW! series offers flexibility through its student books. Material from the student book can be read out loud in a large group, independently by each student, or in small groups or learning teams.
Each level of the student book is divided into six units that correspond with the lesson plans and background information from the teacher's guide. The book is further broken down into 36 lessons. The class reads each numbered lesson before you introduce the matching lesson from the teacher's guide.
Reading to Learn Lesson by Lesson
The lessons in the student book introduce the material in an engaging story format that promotes reading skills while piquing students' interest. Throughout the student books your students will also find sidebars with factual and fun information. These pieces of information enhance the story and can often be used as part of the lessons. The number and variety of sidebars increase with each grade level. Together, these sidebars enhance the overall depth of the series and make learning more fun and interesting for both reluctant and enthusiastic learners.
The WOW! series presents the following 10 strands of health education to promote health literacy:
These 10 strands have been integrated into the following six units:
Background information for the content of each of these six units is provided so that you can become familiar with the concepts you will be teaching in the lessons. In addition to the background information on health, each unit within the teacher's guide contains
Much of this information is also repeated on the CD-ROM that's included with each teacher's guide.
The WOW! Health Education series has several options to make it easy for you to tailor teaching materials to your local mandates and needs. Foremost, the main lesson content teaches the topics thoroughly and accurately without touching on potentially controversial topics. The teacher's guides include a separate Optional Materials section for those districts and schools who wish to share more information about
Optional Materials by Grade
Kindergarten Through Third Grade: Optional Health Connections
These materials are provided in teacher's guides only, under the Optional Materials tab. They briefly outline additional related comments that could be made in addition to the main lesson. For example, in lesson 23 of the yellow level (second grade), Germs, Germs, Germs, the optional materials provide the following additional comment:
You may wish to add a comment such as, "Knowing how to avoid spreading germs [pathogens] is the beginning of learning how to prevent more serious illnesses such as HIV and AIDS."
Fourth and Fifth Grade Optional Components
The fourth and fifth grade teacher's guides include these components:
Only the fifth grade teacher's guide includes these components:
NO optional topics are mentioned in the student books or big books, and the optional topics can easily be removed from the printed teacher's guides without damaging them.
WOW! covers sensitive topics in a way that is
No optional material is included or cross-referenced in the student books, and the optional student materials appear only in the teacher's materials. The three-ring-binder format of the teacher's guides allow district or school administrators to easily keep or remove printed optional materials before distributing the series.
Complete lesson plans tell you what you'll need and guide you through the lesson from start to finish, including a fun movement-oriented activity. The lesson plans are provided in a convenient 3-ring binder that makes organization easy.
In addition to lesson plans, the teacher's guides also include...
WOW! Health Background Information
WOW! health background information is included in the teacher's guide (for teachers only) for the six units in WOW! student books. Each unit provides you with a foundation of information about the key health concepts covered in this series.
Each unit in this guide identifies Web resources that can supplement or enhance your health instruction. After the Web resources you will find a list of literature resources that present health information appropriate for each unit. These resources can be incorporated into the lessons; they can also be purchased for your school library as an extension to this health education series. WOW!
In addition, the appendixes in the teacher's guide contain other information you'll find useful, including material for school staff on worksite wellness and school nutrition connections.
Each teacher's guide and corresponding CD-ROM includes the following:
These resources are easy to choose from: You can tailor your teaching to the needs of individual students or local school. Just print them out and they're ready to use.
The authors of the WOW! Health Education series are available to provide dynamic, hands-on professional development for elementary classroom teachers, physical educators, health education teachers, school administrators, parents, and students in the following areas:
For more information or to schedule professional development for your school, call (907) 223-8110 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.