Travis lives in a small town in Ohio.
During the week, he attends Cross
Elementary School. He is in the fifth grade. Before school, Travis always eats breakfast
and makes sure that he is on time for school.
Travis lives within walking or biking distance of school, but his mom
drives him each day and picks him up after school. After school, Travis has a fruit or a
vegetable for a snack and then he immediately does his school work. He likes to have time at night to watch
Nickelodeon. He also spends time on the internet in the evenings on nights when
he does not have guitar lessons.
On the weekend, Travis likes to relax. He usually has Brad over to play video games.
Sometimes his friends spend the night and they build forts or sleep in tree
house when the weather is warm. Even
though Travis got a new bike at his last birthday, he does not ride it very
often. He has never visited the park in his community. Even though his older brother plays baseball
and basketball, Travis does not like team sports. He does not participate in
At the beginning of the school year, Travis set a personal
goal. He wanted to eat more fruits and vegetables and drink more water. He eats a fruit or vegetable at every meal
and one for a snack. He also drinks
water instead of soda.
Travis is known as the “nice guy” at school. He has a lot of friends and treats everyone
fairly and likes to meet new people.
Travis wants to be a teacher when he grows up and he is confident that
his personality will be good for that job.
Elena is from a big city in Ohio.
She is in the fifth grade at Danielson
Elena does not like to wake up early, and she is often running late for school.
She skips breakfast several days a week in order to make it on time. She rides her bike to school no matter what
the weather is. Elena thinks you can never
spend too much time riding your bike! After school, Elena eats a candy bar and
goes to karate class. After dinner, she
watches TV for a couple hours. She
usually stays up late because she doesn’t start her homework until after her TV
shows are over.
On the weekend, Elena always does the weekly grocery
shopping with her mom. That’s when she
usually picks out all the stuff she saw commercials for during the last
week. Her favorite is picking out new
yummy cereals that are sweet and colorful. She just wishes she had more time to
eat breakfast during the week. Every weekend, Elena goes to the YMCA with her
friend Beth. Elena found out about
special programs for kids at the YMCA one day when she and Beth were bored.
Elena’s older brother does not like team sports, but he loves to swim. So, he
usually takes them to the YMCA. If they
can’t go to the YMCA, they usually go to the park next to Beth’s house to
Elena has a lot of friends, but she does not have a very
positive self image. She wishes she
could be more like the girls she sees on TV.
She also wishes she had Beth’s blonde hair. Even though she gets good grades and is one
of the best people in her karate class, she thinks being pretty is better.
Compare and Contrast
Students will fill out the compare and contrast worksheet.
They will use the chart provided to see what Travis and Elena have in common
and how they are different. Then they
will give a brief answer to the question, “Overall, how healthy are Elena and
Travis?” using the information from their charts. They will suggest some
lessons that Travis and Elena might benefit from. Students may benefit from
doing this exercise as a class.