Date Approved

6-27-2006

Embargo Period

4-7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Subject(s)

Health education (Elementary)--New Jersey; Inquiry-based learning--New Jersey

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to teach wellness to students in a fifth grade class using inquiry and critical literacy books. I taught lessons that incorporate the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Health to find out how this knowledge affected the students' lives. I worked with twenty-four students in a fifth grade class for a sixteen week period during my student teaching. I used a student questionnaire to gather information and also analyzed the student participation during lessons and responses to what was taught. I found that through the teaching of wellness through inquiry and critical literacy books, my class developed into a learning community in which they worked together, enjoyed books, treated each other with respect, and learned how to be their best selves by making good decisions.

Share

COinS