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D-SHINES Content: Week 10 — Happy Thanksgiving

Grades K-2:

Grades 3-5:

This week we are thankful for many things, one of which is our relationship with D-SHINES! On behalf of myself, the PE staff and the Dearborn Public Schools like to say “thank you” for all you do for each and everyone one of us. Our partnership is strong and our kids and communities reap the benefits of our alliance. Thank you!

Healthy Dearborn – Fun, Healthy Resources

Physical Activity:

Turkey Hop!

Thanksgiving is a time to have fun with friends and family! Follow along with Coach Gelardi with PhysEdZOne and try the Turkey Hop with your family.

PhysEdZone: “Turkey Hop” Thanksgiving PE warm-up  

After Dancing to the Turkey Hop, you can cool down with some Thanksgiving mindfulness. This is a great way to help your kids focus on what they are thankful for!


November is squash month! Squash is a nutritious fruit and winter squash is a staple during the cooler months. Winter squash comes in many varieties including acorn squash, butternut squash, pumpkin, and spaghetti squash. It can be roasted, steamed, and even cooked in the microwave. Make sure to pick a winter squash that that has a firm outer shell and feels heavy for its size. Once you purchase your winter squash, store it in a dry place like the countertop. See what is available at your local grocery store or farmers market and check out this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup recipe from Michigan Harvest of the Month.

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Covid Resources:

Help Children Learn at Home

Stay in touch with your child’s school

  • Many schools are offering lessons online (virtual learning). Review assignments from the school, and help your child establish a reasonable pace for completing the work. You may need to assist your child with turning on devices, reading instructions, and typing answers.
  • Communicate challenges to your school. If you face technology or connectivity issues, or if your child is having a hard time completing assignments, let the school know.

Create a flexible schedule and routine for learning at home

  • Have consistent bedtimes and get up at the same time, Monday through Friday.
  • Structure the day for learning, free time, healthy meals and snacks, and physical activity.
  • Allow flexibility in the schedule—it’s okay to adapt based on your day.

Consider the needs and adjustment required for your child’s age group

  • The transition to being at home will be different for preschoolers, K-5, middle school students, and high school students. Talk to your child about expectations and how they are adjusting to being at home versus at school.
  • Consider ways your child can stay connected with their friends without spending time in person.

Look for ways to make learning fun

  • Have hands-on activities, like puzzles, painting, drawing, and making things.
  • Independent play can also be used in place of structured learning. Encourage children to build a fort from sheets or practice counting by stacking blocks.
  • Practice handwriting and grammar by writing letters to family members. This is a great way to connect and limit face-to-face contact.
  • Start a journal with your child to document this time and discuss the shared experience.
  • Use audiobooks or see if your local library is hosting virtual or live-streamed reading events.

Ask about school meal services

Check with your school on plans to continue meal services during the school dismissal. Many schools are keeping school facilities open to allow families to pick up meals or are providing grab-and-go meals at a central location.

Fun Online Family Activities

Free, federal resources to learn something new from the comfort of your own home

Learn more here:

*Click here to submit feedback and additional ways Healthy Dearborn can help support you and your family with physical activity, nutrition and/or Covid resources.  

D-SHINES Weekly Lessons: November 9-13

Grades K-2:

Grades 3-5:

D-SHINES Weekly Content – November 2 – 6

Grades K-2:

Grades 3-5:

D-SHINES Weekly Content

Grades K-2:

Grades 3-5:

Have fun, be safe & enjoy!

Healthy Dearborn – Fun, Healthy Resources

Physical Activity:

How fast can you go? Collect items listed below as fast as you can then complete 30 seconds of the exercise associated with each object. Not sure what an exercise is? Click on the title. Have fun and Go! 

Item to collectPhysical Activity (30 seconds each)
MaskMonster jumps
PumpkinToe taps off the pumpkin
SpiderFrankenstein Walks  
Pumpkin Spice food itemPush ups
CandyJumping Jacks
BroomHops over the Broom
GhostGhost Squat- Squat with ghost arms
MummyMummy hops (hop up & down)
ScarecrowScarecrow hold (1 leg up, arms out to side)
Trick or treat bagYour favorite exercise 


Veggie Skeleton: Your kids are going to have lots of candy for Halloween, so here’s a healthy snack idea you can try! Added bonus: kids will like the idea of eating “Skeleton bones” (ewww!), they just may eat more veggies than usual.


Head–lettuce leaves, sliced olives, veggie dip in a small bowl
Body–celery, baby carrots, bell pepper, mushrooms, cherry or grape tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumbers

Variations: Don’t have the same vegetables? That’s okay! Use any colorful vegetables you have available at home to make your skeleton. 


Have your kids arrange the veggies on a platter in the shape of a skeleton, top with an appropriately sized bowl of veggie dip for the head.

COVID-19 Resources:

Mask wearing, when worn consistently and correctly, is an important way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Whether you’re out in the community with your family or your child returned to school for in-person learning, the use of face masks may be required. This new concept may be strange or a little scary to some kids, especially when it’s time for them to wear one, too. Below are some fun and easy tips for you and your family to encourage mask wearing and make it fun:

  • Give kids time to practice wearing masks around the house before they are required to wear them full time.
  • Allow kids to pick out their own mask or let them decorate one.
  • Be a mask role model. 
  • Make play masks for dolls or stuffed animals.
  • Follow a plan and use healthy rewards when you see your child using mask etiquette. This includes wearing it over their nose and mouth, taking it off properly, and storing it in a safe, clean place.
  • Explain to them why it’s important to wear it and allow them to ask questions. 

In addition to mask wearing, also encourage your child to do the following to help keep them and others safe:

  • Wash their hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching their eyes, nose, mouth, and mask unless absolutely necessary.
  • Limit the use of shared objects, like writing utensils and toys, when possible

Please visit the Healthy Dearborn, Fun, Healthy Resources Survey to submit feedback and additional ways Healthy Dearborn can help support you and your family with physical activity, nutrition and/or COVID-19 resources.   

Physical Education Activity – October 19-23

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

This week’s lessons have numerous different activity ideas and videos to challenge even the fittest students! See if you can do them all for a virtual “gold star”. Enjoy & as always, thanks to D-SHINES for their awesome content.

October Calendars – Drop Everything & Move Calendar (daily activity ideas – something new everyday!) & Health Literacy Month Calendar

As always, thanks to our friends at D-SHINES for providing these excellent resources and information for our students and families. These are great ideas to stop and take short activity breaks every day.

PE & Activity lessons & resources – October 12-16

Elementary: K-2

Elementary: 3-5

K-2 & 3-5 — PE Lessons & Activities — Week #4

Here are this weeks PE activity ideas and lessons. Please click the following links for your student’s age group. Thanks to D-SHINES for some great ideas and strategies!

Grades K-2

Grades 3-5

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