(6-8) Language, Health, Research, Humanitarianism
Engage in a group discussion about what it means to be healthy (this could also be done as a group activity with brainstorming or word maps). Discuss what resources are needed to be healthy (e.g., water, nutrition, shelter, medicine).
Expand the discussion through questions such as:
- Do you think everyone in the world has the resources to be healthy?
- How do you think people survive without these resources?
- How could young people like you make a difference for the people in the world who do not have access to clean water, nutritious food, and healthy communities?
Explain that there are a lot of people in Canada and other parts of the world that donate their time, money, resources and ideas to help others less fortunate.
Watch the YouTube story about a young Canadian boy, Ryan Hreljac, who made a huge difference in the lives of people who were less fortunate.
When Passion Meets Vision: The Ryan Hreljac Story
After viewing, ask students to brainstorm ways that they could make a difference in the health of others (e.g., raise money for the Ryan’s Well Foundation; grow a garden of fresh vegetables for your community soup kitchen) Vote on the most practical ideas and make it happen!
Note: You may wish to explore the efforts of other Canadians who have made a huge contribution to the world. You could examine Terry Fox and his Marathon of Hope, or maybe even someone in your own school or community!