Title

How to Make Homemade "Creative Teaching Aides" for Health Lessons

Presenter Information

Jessica Alvestad

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Ballroom C/D

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Creating homemade Outrageous Teaching Aids can add powerful teaching moments to any lesson. To help make meaningful connections to audience members during a two-day Environmental Health unit, a creative teaching aid was made specifically to liven up the lesson on composting. Composting is a biological process of breaking down organic elements found in the environment and the typical household. Although composting is a simple process, a balance between carbon and nitrogen must be present. In order to communicate the aforementioned key processes, a teaching aid was created to add an interactive element as well as to inform students of the types of items that can be composted. Various items from around the house were used to create a model of a compost bin. Homemade bean bags were then created from pieces of material and sewn together. Pictures of various items and materials were ironed onto the bean bags. In the classroom setting, participants in two lines were tasked to select specific bean bags and to toss them into the correct composting bins. The activity was used to review and assess student knowledge and skills of the key concepts of composting taught in the lesson.

Poster Number

3

Faculty Mentor(s)

Mark Perez

Additional Mentoring Department

Physical Education, School and Public Health

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How to Make Homemade "Creative Teaching Aides" for Health Lessons

SURC Ballroom C/D

Creating homemade Outrageous Teaching Aids can add powerful teaching moments to any lesson. To help make meaningful connections to audience members during a two-day Environmental Health unit, a creative teaching aid was made specifically to liven up the lesson on composting. Composting is a biological process of breaking down organic elements found in the environment and the typical household. Although composting is a simple process, a balance between carbon and nitrogen must be present. In order to communicate the aforementioned key processes, a teaching aid was created to add an interactive element as well as to inform students of the types of items that can be composted. Various items from around the house were used to create a model of a compost bin. Homemade bean bags were then created from pieces of material and sewn together. Pictures of various items and materials were ironed onto the bean bags. In the classroom setting, participants in two lines were tasked to select specific bean bags and to toss them into the correct composting bins. The activity was used to review and assess student knowledge and skills of the key concepts of composting taught in the lesson.