Wellness Project Ideas for Students

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

Wellness is an important consideration for students, especially as they enter the busyness of middle and high school. These wellness project ideas will help you get your students involved in considering their own wellness.

Wellness

When we teach students about wellness, we acknowledge that there is more to being healthy than a lack of germs. Attending to emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, occupational, social, and environmental wellness will help students to do their best both in school and out. Use these projects to help your middle and high school students research and understand different areas of wellness.

Project: Wellness Experiment

Objective: Learn about an unfamiliar area of wellness and try a new technique.

Materials: Research materials, various other materials

  • Research the different areas of wellness with your students.
  • Each student chooses the area of wellness with which they are least familiar, or about which they have the most questions.
  • Students research their chosen area. Begin with these guiding questions:
    • What is the importance of this area of wellness?
    • What activities do people do to enhance this area of wellness?
    • How can I begin to address this area of wellness in my own life?
  • Students choose one technique from their research and try it for a week or two.
  • Students report on their research and the technique they tried. These reports could take the form of a presentation, a journal, an annotated photo journal, or a brief video.
  • Alternative wrap-up: plan a wellness fair in which students display their reports. Invite others to view the fair and ask questions.

Project: Wellness Schedule

Objective: Plan and execute activities in all areas of wellness.

Materials: Reference materials, paper and pencil, other materials will vary

  • Introduce students to the seven areas of wellness. Provide resources on wellness. Alone or in small groups, students review the resources.
  • Each student creates a schedule covering one week. The schedule should contain activities that address each of the seven areas of wellness.
  • Students follow their wellness schedules, then report back on the results.
  • The final project should include:
    • Schedule covering one week and including activities for all seven areas of wellness
    • Explanation for how each area of wellness is addressed
    • Report on their experience following the schedule - this could take the form of a journal, oral presentation, or short video
    • Observations on how the student would change their schedule if they used it again

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