Engaging Activity - Survey: What did you eat, drink, do yesterday?

Our engaging activity is going to start with having posters hanging in the classrooms of the classes that are participating in the ITSLU that simply say, "What is IT?" The next week, we will conduct our engaging activity by unveiling an online survey that students will complete. The survey will simply ask students:
  • "What did you eat yesterday?"
  • "What did you drink yesterday?"
  • "What did you do yesterday?"

We will have students complete this survey every day (if possible) for one week. We will then take the data from the survey, and using the website "Wordle.net" (see the Technology page for information), we will create word splashes. The Wordle site creates images similar to what you see here - the words that appear the most are larger than the others. We thought this would be a clever way to highlight what foods, drinks and activities are showing up most - and engage students in discussions about whether these "larger" entries are healthy.

These images will then be used to refer back to throughout our unit, with our goal of doing the same survey at the end of the ITSLU (or at an even later date, perhaps). We hope that at the end of the unit, the healthier options would appear larger.



In addition to the Wordles, we will have two guest speakers that will speak to the team to both inform and inspire the students.

  • Ed Poirier, Youth Fitness Specialist, The Attleboro YMCA
  • Roberta R. Friedman, ScM, Director of Education, Massachusetts Public Health Association

Following these speeches, we will host a discussion to allow students to start brainstorming the issue and what should/could be done about it.

Discussion to follow

Finding Personal Relevance:
• What are my favorite foods? Why?
• What are my favorite physical activities? Why?
• What enables / prevents me from eating healthy food?
• What enables / prevents me from participating in healthy

Our Shared Experiences:
• What can we do in our community? What can we do right here in this school? What can we do about the problem in our own families?
• What is the government doing to slim youth down? Is it the government’s responsibility? Is it only the government’s responsibility? If so, which government – local, state or federal?
• What choices do people have? Who is responsible for making these choices? Who is responsible for providing options? How do these options change based on community?
• Why do you think childhood obesity has increased over the years?
• Who in your community is working on this problem? What are they doing?