Making Community Connections | Ophea Teaching Tools

    Making Community Connections

    Activity Card 3
    75 Minutes
    Topics: Community Connections, Food Choices, Personal Skills
    Activity Overview

    Children will examine personal food preferences and explore partnerships available within their community.


    The educator will observe children’s demonstrated knowledge and understanding related to healthy eating choices and making connections to the community.


    Coloured markers, Definition cards

    Minds On

    Working in small groups, children identify the importance of healthy eating as it connects to overall health and well-being, for example, healthy eating:

    • makes you feel great
    • helps maintain a balanced level of energy
    • supports positive mood

    The educator writes "Community" on the board.

    Using two different coloured markers, children create a mind map of community resources available to support

    (a) healthy eating, and

    (b) emotional well-being within their school community.

    Responses may include:

    For (a)

    • Dietician
    • Farmer's Market
    • Health Food Store
    • Grocery Store
    • Farmer
    • Parents

    For (b)

    • Public Health
    • Social Worker
    • Doctor
    • Guidance Councilor
    • Parents

    Working as a large group, children create 2–3 key message sentences regarding healthy eating and emotional well-being.

    Children then brainstorm ways this information can be communicated within their school community, for example:

    • guest speakers
    • morning announcement readings
    • articles for the school's blog or Twitter account
    • school play
    • Healthy Being buddies with a younger grade or school
    • healthy cooking club

    As a small or large group, children select one activity they will complete to promote healthy eating and emotional well-being in their school community. If the children are working in small groups, the educator meets with each small group to determine appropriateness of activity.

    Working in small groups or as large group if appropriate, children then complete an action plan for how they will complete their student-led activity and then put their created concept into action.


    Following the student-led activity, children use the Think-Pair-Share Strategy to share their experiences in planning and implementing their student-led activity.

    Children complete an Exit Card by finishing the following statements:

    1. One thing about healthy eating and emotional wellbeing that I have learned through this activity is …
    2. I plan to use this new knowledge by …