Health & Wellness Videos

 
The Nature of Teaching: Health & Wellness

This video explains the importance of getting kids active and accessing the outdoors. The Nature of Teaching workshops and online certifictes provide K-5 teachers with lesson plans that incorporate health and wellness into standards-based curriculum. This allows for teachers to meet the requirements set for by the state and federal government while keeping kids active and healthy. 
 
Health & Wellness-Teachers Share Their Stories

Are there health benefits connecting children back with nature? Meet these teachers who share their stories of how nature activities have improved student's knowledge and conception of what the outdoors can bring, physically and mentally. Students enjoy the opportunity for an outdoor activity and upon returning to the classroom, participation and attitudes are at their best. The Nature of Teaching resources include standard-based lesson plans which are free downloads as a PDF.

Benefits of Connecting With Nature Sneak Peek Videos

 
Emotional Vocabulary Exploration

This lesson will introduce vocabulary words to help students identify their feelings and explain how nature affects them. Curriculum free download: Benefits of Connecting with Nature - FNR-539-W.
 
Guided Imagery Sneak Peek

This Nature of Teaching Lesson 2: Guided Imagery encourages students to examine and reflect on how different places/environments can influence their mental and emotional well-being by leading them through two guided imagery exercises. Curriculum free download: Benefits of Connecting with Nature - FNR-539-W.
 
Creative Writing Sneak Peek

This Nature of Teaching Benefits of Connecting with Nature lesson 3 allows students to build their effective writing skills by: providing additional time to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and ideas; write for a variety of purposes; and use descriptive emotion words in the appropriate context. Curriculum free download: Benefits of Connecting with Nature - FNR-539-W.
 
Lesson 4: Exploring Nature With Your Senses

This Nature of Teaching: Benefits of Connecting with Nature lesson 4 will assess how students emotionally connect with nature using their senses. Curriculum free download: Benefits of Connecting with Nature - FNR-539-W.

Take-a-Hike Sneak Peek Videos

 
Lesson 1: What is Habitat? Sneak Peek

This unit provides introductory lesson plans that allow students to explore nature and understand the health benefits of being outside. Lesson One introduces the term habitat and explains to the students that habitat is made up of four components that animals need to survive and reproduce. Curriculum free download: Nature of Teaching Unit 6: Take-a-Hike - FNR-572-W.
 
Lesson 3: Hiking for a Healthy Heart Sneak Peek

This unit provides introductory lesson plans that allow students to explore nature and understand the health benefits of being outside. Lesson 3 introduces an activity which youth will learn how to check their heart rate, find out why physical activity is improtant, share outside activities and what that means to our health. Curriculum free download: Nature of Teaching Unit 6: Take-a-Hike - FNR-572-W.

Trees of the Midwest Sneak Peek Videos

 
Lesson 1: Tree Life Cycle Sneak Peek

Youth will enjoy the outdoor activities in this curriculum titled "Trees of the Midwest" which has three lessons and will teach students all about trees, including the life cycle of a tree, the function of different parts of a tree, and the use for and value of different wood products. This lesson activity students will act out being a seed, a seedling, a sapling and finally an adult tree. Curriculum free download: Trees of the Midwest - FNR-575-W.
 
Lesson 2: Tree ID Sneak Peek

A fun way to encourage youth in receiving exercise and being outdoors is identifying trees. This curriculum titled "Trees of the Midwest" has three lessons and will teach students all about trees, including the life cycle of a tree, the function of different parts of a tree, and the use for and value of different wood products. This lesson with activity will teach students how to identify common tree families by their seeds and leaves, using a dichotomous key. Curriculum free download: Trees of the Midwest - FNR-575-W.
 
Lesson 3: Wood is Good - Why We Need Trees Sneak Peek

Trees give us clean air, brings shade for cooling, protects wildlife, manages our waterways and brings us the opportunity for wood. In this lesson new terms will be shared including natural resources and wood products as youth learn how to start a wood storyboard sharing products in their environment that are made of wood. Curriculum free download: Trees of the Midwest - FNR-575-W.

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