“Me, Myself and I” Becomes “Mission POE-ssible”!

New school year, new name… same health education program (only enhanced)!
North Carolina students in Grades 4 and 5 will be able to enjoy Mission POE-ssible! Formerly titled Me Myself and I, this program, brought to you by the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education (Poe Center), explores how the heart and lungs work as a team. Mission POE-ssible takes participants on a journey to learn and explore the human body. Participants will identify several body systems as well as learn about what can affect these systems. Participants explore myths and realities of sunscreen, learn the importance of protective equipment and learn about the spread of germs and food borne illnesses.
Why the name change?
Changing the name of the program reflects the updates and changes that have been made to this VERY engaging program. Students will explore five different body systems through interactive activities that get the whole class involved. Strong visual displays help students understand how systems work as they become “secret agents” to complete Mission Poe-ssible.
What makes this program unique?
Secret agents (students) are tasked with a mission to defeat some of the saboteurs of our body systems. Agents have to make choices and answer questions along the way to complete the mission. The exhibits and activities provide the agents with opportunities to get into the concepts and see their systems “up close”.
Which North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Healthful Living Essential Standards requirements does Mission POE-ssible meet?
Healthful Living Essential Standards, Grades 4-5
The following Healthful Living Essential Standards clarifying objectives are addressed to varying degrees by this intervention.

Grade 4

4.PCH.1 Understand wellness, disease prevention, and recognition of symptoms.

4.PCH.1.2 Recognize methods that prevent the spread of germs that cause communicable diseases.

4.PCH.2 Understand body systems and organs, functions, and their care.

4.PCH.2.1 Identify the basic components and functions of the respiratory system.
4.PCH.2.2 Summarize habits to care for the skin.

4.PCH.3 Analyze health information and products.

4.PCH.3.1 Outline the functions of various health products.
4.PCH.3.2 Analyze advertisements of health products and services in terms of claims made and the validity of those claims.

4.PCH.4 Understand necessary steps to prevent and respond to unintentional injury.

4.PCH.4.1 Explain why it is safe to be a friend of someone who has a disease or health condition (cancer, HIV, asthma, or epilepsy).
4.PCH.4.2 Identify personal protection equipment needed for sports or recreational activities.

4.NPA.1 Apply tools (MyPlate, Food Facts Label) to plan healthy nutrition and fitness.

4.NPA.1.2 Carry out measures to prevent food borne illness, including hand washing and appropriate food storage and preparation.
4.NPA.3.1 Explain how nutrition and fitness affect cardiovascular health.

4.ATOD.1 Understand health risks associated with the use of tobacco products.

4.ATOD.1.1 Summarize short-term and long-term effects of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.

Grade 5

5.PCH.2 Analyze health products and sources of health information.

5.PCH.2.1 Recognize dependable resources for health information.
5.PCH.2.2 Differentiate between safe and unsafe products.

5.PCH.3 Apply measures for cleanliness and disease prevention.

5.PCH.3.2 Carry out activities that avoid harmful effects of the sun.

5.PCH.4 Understand body systems and organs, functions, and their care.

5.PCH.4.1 Summarize the functions of the organs which make up the digestive system.
5.PCH.4.2 Interpret the relationship between and among the vessels and organs of the circulatory system.

Note: Italics indicates New Clarifying Objectives


Have additional questions about this and other Poe Center programs?
Please contact Thomas Ray, Senior Director of Educational Programming at [email protected].