Week of 5/18: Your health assignment has been posted in google classroom.  If you have any questions please email me: kgarrison@hamptonschool.org

Click:Virtual Health Class


Week of 5/12: Review of Bike Safety: Please read, and then watch the bike safety video.  Enjoy your bike this week!

Send me a picture of you riding your bike (or scooter, roller skates/blades) safely.

It’s a beautiful day — what could be more perfect than a bike ride? But wait! Before you pull your bike out of the garage, let’s find out how to stay safe on two wheels.

Why Is Bike Safety So Important?

Bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents happen. Every year, lots of kids need to see their doctor or go to the emergency room because of bike injuries.

Why Should Kids Wear a Bike Helmet?

Wearing a helmet that fits well every time you’re on a bike helps protect your face, head, and brain if you fall down. That’s why it’s so important to wear your bike helmet whenever you are on a bike.

Bike helmets are so important that the U.S. government has created safety rules for them. Your helmet should have a sticker that says it meets the rules set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). If your helmet doesn’t have a CPSC sticker, ask your mom or dad to get you one that does.

Wear a bike helmet every time you ride, even if you’re going for a short ride. And follow these rules:

  • Make sure your bike helmet fits you well.
  • Always wear your helmet the right way so it will protect you: Make sure it covers your forehead and don’t let it tip back. Always fasten the straps.
  • Don’t wear a hat under your helmet.
  • Take care of your helmet and don’t throw it around. If it’s damaged, it won’t protect you as well when you need it.
  • Get a new helmet if you fall while you’re on your bike and hit your head.
  • Put reflective stickers on your helmet so drivers can see you better.

What’s the Right Bike for Me?

Riding a bike that is the right size for you helps to keep you safe.

To check the size:

  • When you are on your bicycle, stand straddling the top bar of your bike so that both feet are flat on the ground.
  • There should be 1 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 centimeters) of space between you and the top bar.

Making a safety checklist is important. Ask your mom or dad for help:

  • Make sure your seat, handlebars, and wheels fit tightly.
  • Check and oil your chain regularly.
  • Check your brakes to be sure they work well and aren’t sticking.
  • Check your tires to make sure they have enough air and the right amount of tire pressure.

What Should I Wear When I Ride My Bike?

Wearing bright clothes and putting reflectors on your bike also can help you stay safe. It helps other people on the road see you. And if they see you, that means they’re less likely to run into you.

You’ll also want to make sure that nothing will get caught in your bike chain, such as loose pant legs, backpack straps, or shoelaces.

Wear the right shoes — sneakers — when you bike. Sandals, flip-flops, shoes with heels, and cleats won’t help you grip the pedals. And never go riding barefoot!

Riding gloves may help you grip the handlebars — and make you look like a professional!

Don’t wear headphones because the music can distract you from noises around you, such as a car blowing its horn so you can get out of the way.

Where Is it Safe to Ride My Bike?

You need to check with your mom and dad about:

  • where you’re allowed to ride your bike
  • how far you’re allowed to go
  • whether you should ride on the sidewalk or in the street. Kids younger than 10 years should ride on the sidewalk and avoid the street.
  • common things that can get in the way like rocks, children or pets, big puddles

No matter where you ride, daytime riding is the safest. So try to avoid riding your bike at dusk and later.

And always keep an eye out for cars and trucks. Even if you’re just riding on the sidewalk, a car may pull out of its driveway into the path of your bike. If you’re crossing a busy road, walk your bike across the street.

What Road Rules Should I Know?

If you’re allowed to ride on the street, follow these road rules:

  • Always ride with your hands on the handlebars.
  • Always stop and check for traffic in both directions when leaving your driveway, an alley, or a curb.
  • Cross at intersections. When you pull out between parked cars, drivers can’t see you coming.
  • Walk your bike across busy intersections using the crosswalk and following traffic signals.
  • Ride on the right-hand side of the street, so you travel in the same direction as cars do. Never ride against traffic.
  • Use bike lanes wherever you can.
  • Don’t ride too close to parked cars. Doors can open suddenly.
  • Stop at all stop signs and obey traffic (red) lights just as cars do.
  • Ride single-file on the street with friends.
  • When passing other bikers or people on the street, always pass to their left side, and call out “On your left!” so they know that you are coming.

How Do I Signal My Turns?

Hand signals are like turn signals and brake lights for bikers. It helps cars and trucks know what you will do next so they don’t run into you. Don’t change directions or lanes without first looking behind you, and always use the correct signals.

Use your left arm for all signals:

  • Left turn:After checking behind you, hold your arm straight out to the left and ride forward slowly.
  • Stop:After checking behind you, bend your elbow, pointing your arm downward in an upside down “L” shape and come to a stop.
  • Right turn:After checking behind you, bend your elbow, holding your arm up in an “L” shape, and ride forward slowly. (Or, hold your right arm straight out from your side.)

Now that you’ve learned those hand signals, you get a big thumbs-up for finding out more about bike safety!

Click:Bike Smart, Bike Safe Video



Week of 5/4: Your health assignment is posted in google classroom.  If you have any questions please email me. Kgarrison@hamptonschool.org


Week of 4/27 

Lesson 3:  Watch the video and complete the assignment. Email me with any questions and pictures of your completed work.  Due: 5/5

Lesson 2:  Watch the video and complete the assignment. Email me with any questions and pictures of your completed work.  Due: 4/28

First Grade Health Lesson 1:
Why Do We Eat?

  • Have you ever been so busy playing a game that you didn’t want to stop playing to eat a meal? Let’s read about Tito.
  • Read the front cover of the Student Issue, page 1.
  • What should Tito do? Should he keep playing or should he stop to eat?
  • Let’s read page 2 to find out what happens.

Our bodies need food for energy. We use the energy from food to play, run, and learn. Tito asks a good question. How does food give us energy? We’ll find out in today’s lesson.

Food: Things we eat

Fuel: Something that makes energy

Energy: Power to move, learn, and think

Let’s think of a car. It needs energy to move. Gasoline is the fuel that gives the car energy. If the body was a car, what would be the fuel? (food) Cars turn fuel into energy. Let’s learn how our bodies turn food into energy.

We put food into our bodies through our mouths. The teeth break the food into small parts and pass the food on to other body parts. The first body part passes the food to the next. The food is broken into smaller parts and turned into fuel. At this point, the food looks like soup. You can’t see the individual pieces of food any longer. The bloodstream picks up the fuel and the body has the energy to move. The leftovers, called the waste, are taken out of the body. Again, fuel is picked up and gives the body energy to move. Now, the body can play, grow, and be healthy. We call this digestion. Everybody say the word “digestion.” Digestion means to turn food into energy the body can use.

  • What would happen to Tito’s body if he didn’t eat?

If Tito didn’t eat, he would have no energy to run his body. Tito would be tired all the time. His body would not have enough energy to fight off illness, and he could get sick easily. He wouldn’t even have enough energy to play with friends. What does Tito need to do to have energy, feel fine, grow, and stay healthy? (eat)

What Did We Learn?

We have learned how our bodies need food for energyHealthful food is the body’s fuel, which makes energy; healthful food helps the body stay healthy and grow.

Home Connection 1: Healthful Habits

Objective: To chart current health habits for one week

  • Complete the Healthful Habits Work at home to chart current health habits for one week.

 Our bodies work best if we eat a variety of healthful foods, brush our teeth daily, get plenty of sleep, and get exercise. This chart should be filled out with an adult. At the end of each day, you should check off the boxes to show which of these you did.