The Taking Off curriculum introduces a character named Tillie Tellstar, a reporter from Planet Strongheart, who interviews four Earthling 4th grade students about their ideas on being healthy. Through active involvement in classroom activities, students learn that healthful eating and physical activity are the keys to a healthier lifestyle. They learn to select and prepare nutritious foods as well as how to identify MVPA.
The curriculum is divided into 13 nutrition and physical activity lessons, each approximately 40 minutes long. It is designed to be implemented in sequence. The curriculum uses a variety of teaching strategies, including individual practice, cooperative learning groups, large-group discussions, role plays, educational games, goal setting, reports, projects, and hands-on snack preparation and taste-testing.
The curriculum design for each lesson includes:
• learning objectives
• lesson outline
• lesson summary
• teacher materials
• student materials
CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) is an evidence-based, coordinated school and after-school health program that promotes physical activity, health food choices, and tobacco avoidance for children in pre-K thru grade 8. CATCH makes nutrition learning and physical activity fun and has proven that establishing health habits in childhood promotes behavior that can last a lifetime. For more information about the program, visit CATCHinfo.org.