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Kinesthetic Learning: Desk Cycles in the Classroom

Beach Grove Elementary School
I became interested in increasing the fitness and activity levels of students after noticing that many students in my grade 4 class were not able to comfortably go for a moderately long hike on the beach dyke adjacent to our school without experiencing extreme fatigue. After returning to school, they were even less able to engage in the learning process due to this lack of overall fitness. This was surprising because I had originally thought that the fresh air and exercise should have made them more able to engage in learning...
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A School Garden that Strengthened Community Connections

Greenwood Elementary
After successfully building a school garden, Greenwood Elementary School decided to make the focus of the next year using the garden to build connections between students, families and the community, while simultaneously promoting healthy eating. They used a Healthy Schools BC Grant to purchase a variety of vegetable seeds, and garden tools, including gloves, trowels, and a rake...
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Puppet Program

Kitwanga Elementary School
Kitwanga is a small Northern community that has faced extreme economic difficulties in the past with saw mills closing and unemployment rates up to 90% in recent years. As a result, Kitwanga Elementary School has made building students’ resiliency the schools primary focus. One teacher started a cross-grade puppet theatre program as a way of further strengthening students’ social and emotional skills...
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Flexible Classroom Seating to Promote Physical Activity

Beach Grove Elementary
A teacher at Beach Grove Elementary used a Healthy Schools BC grant to redesign the physical environment within their classroom. Rather than traditional, individual desks, the classroom was modelled to have several “small living room areas”, with a variety of seating options including couches, rugs, tables, Hokki stools, exercise balls, sensory cushions, and large bean bag chairs...
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Learning to Prepare a Traditional Nuu-chah-nulth Feast

Ucluelet Secondary School
Students from Ucluelet Secondary School used a Healthy Schools BC Grant to prepare a traditional feast during their Nuu-chah-nulth studies class. Students researched foods that local First Nations would have eaten and the different roles that members of the community would take on during a traditional feast. Students were responsible for procuring food for the feast, which included sockeye salmon, clams, mussels, oysters, prawns and bannock...
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Multi-grade Forest Walks

Lucerne Elementary School
It all began when Lucerne Elementary School asked the question, “How will the experience of a forest walk once a week in a multi-age grouping help the overall wellbeing of elementary school students?” This project did not require a grant but merely a commitment from the grade K/1 and grade 4/5/6 classes to spend a few hours every Tuesday walking through the woods...
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