The Honors in Action project encourages students to work together on a research project and develop a program to benefit the community beyond our campus grounds.
The Honors in Action Project enables students to address a substantial need in the community by developing a service project based on detailed research.
The Honors Study Topic is an biennial, interdisciplinary, and timely topic of interest related to global challenges. The Culture of Competition is the 2012-2013 Honors Study Topic.
• Instill better nutritional habits in 1st-grade students
• Inform parents of the value of proper nutrition by first educating their children.
Research: Our research demonstrates a substantial need in the Mesa community for nutritional education for preschoolers, Kindergarteners, and 1st-graders. Moreover, MyPlate has received unusual rejection from children and their parents. “Embrace MyPlate” attempts to address this significant community challenge.
o Purpose: To introduce students to fruits and vegetables and the value of proper
nutrition and to evaluate students’ current nutritional knowledge
• Collect facts about common fruits and vegetables, and be prepared to respond to students’ questions about fruits and vegetables. (e.g. carrots improve eyesight)
• Know examples of each of the four MyPlate categories of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins.
• Samples of fruits and vegetables
• Paper-plates (one per student)
• Crayons, markers or other coloring materials
• Optional: stickers or other incentives
• Incentives and competition encourage active engagement in activities
• Feel free to teach and present these lessons according to your classroom
Ice-Breaker: Inquiry of nutritional knowledge
• What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite fruit that has this color?
Fruit Identification Challenge:
- Hold up a fruit/vegetable and ask the following question: What’s the name of this fruit or vegetable? Who’s tried this? What did it taste like? Did you like it?
- Keep points for each team, possibly on the board.
- Award stickers to all groups and students.
- This might be a good time to allow children to try the fruits and vegetables, and if appropriate, ask them if there are different produce items they’d like to eat next time.
o Pre-survey: Introducing MyPlate
- Explanation of 4 colors: Green is vegetable. Red is fruit. Brown is grain (pasta, rice, bread, oatmeal). Purple is protein (meat, eggs)
- Pass around paper plates and crayons and/or markers.
- Ask children to shade in their paper-plates to show how much of the plate they think should be filled with each of the four food groups.
- Teach the basics of MyPlate.
Take-home message: Choose a new fruit/vegetable to eat every day.