all grade 5 classes in a school have to participate
in the P4B program?
As many or as few of the grade 5 classes in
individual schools as desired can participate.
Each participating class in a school, however,
must fill in a separate registration form.
Each registered class will receive its own
secret box of P4B materials.
the program be run in a grade 4/5 or 5/6 split
However, only the grade 5 curriculum-integrated links
are provided with the program. It will, however,
be easy for teachers to link the various
P4B program activities to the grades 4 and
6 curriculum if required.
it going to be a lot of work for a teacher
to run this program in class?
Everything a teacher needs to run the program
will be provided and delivered to each registered
class in the P4B Secret Box. In addition
to program materials, the box will include
specific instructions for the P4B Squad and
teachers on how and when to use all materials.
the P4B program going to take up a lot of
much or as little of the program can be worked
into class time as the teacher likes. The
7-lesson program includes a lesson-by-lesson
calendar with a guideline for which components
to introduce with each lesson. It may take
45 to 60 minutes per lesson to implement the
may choose to use the Power4Bones Control Panel
to modify and control the pace of the program.
The Control Panel allows teachers to compress,
pause or extend the recommended lesson activities
to best suit their in class schedules.
is the Power4Bones Control Panel and
how do I use it?
Control Panel is an online tool that allows
each teacher to control the timing of when
to run the Power4Bones program in class.
Teachers can use the online Control Panel
to START, PAUSE or RESUME the
program at any time. This flexibility allows
teachers to best align the teachings of
Power4Bones with relevant curriculum and
to modify the program schedule to accommodate
in-class time constraints, scheduling conflicts
with other school activities, holidays,
teachers MUST log in to
the new online Control Panel with their
teacher secret code and PRESS START in
order to activate the program for their
class. Teachers will need their 8-digit
code to enter this site. The code is included on a sheet of secret code labels included in the secret box along with the ID badges. Go to www.power4bones.com/educators to
access the Control Panel.
Control Panel also includes a lesson-by-lesson
timeline summarizing the program
components and an ongoing status update
of what lesson of the program your particular
class is on once you press START! Use the
timeline and the
"You are Here" arrow to explore
P4B lesson-by-lesson and keep track of your
recommend that you follow our lesson-by-lesson
calendar guideline included in the Control
Panel to maximize student learning however,
you can compress, pause or extend the recommended
activities if you want to. You can choose
to PAUSE or RESUME the program at any time OR you
can just let the 7 lesson components automatically
activate every 7 days as long as you initially
press START. The extent
of use of the Control Panel is totally up
is a innovative program. It is based on research that showed a need to educate children about bone
health and their bone-building nutrient needs. No other program like this currently exists in Canada.
This annual program ran in Ontario schools from 2005 to 2017. Alberta launched the Power4Bones program in 2008 and it continues to be available to Alberta schools.
P4B Squad is recommended
to help create excitement about P4B and ensure
that the various components of the program
are being implemented with
the right lesson. It
provides leadership opportunities for students
and decreases teacher workload.
The P4B Squad can be formed in a number of
ways depending on the classroom environment
and teaching style. Squad positions can be
a reward for hard work, a random selection,
or a motivator for students who need a bit
of extra help. There’s a handy Mission Handbook for the squad included at the back of the Quick Start Booklet in the secret box.
leader is required to provide assistance
to the students on the P4B Squad if needed. The
P4B Squad will also be responsible for managing
the P4B Secret Box, which will contain many
bone-building tools to distribute to students at various
points in the program. An adult should therefore
oversee the management of the secret box
a school has more than one grade 5 class
participating in P4B, does each class need
a separate P4B Squad?
up to the individual school. Each participating
class will receive its own secret box, and
a squad is required to manage the box contents.
If a school would prefer to establish a combined
squad, responsible for distributing the program
materials to more than one class, it can
students who are members of the P4B Squad
also receive bone-building tools?
Yes, students who are also members of the P4B
Squad are eligible to receive the same bone-building tools
as the other Power4Bones students.
In addition, P4B Squad members will get a squad t-shirt to wear to create excitement about the program and as a thank you for their assistance.
students still access the Web challenges
once the lesson is
If students want to go back to a previous
challenge and play it again, just for fun,
they can. Students can play the Web challenges
over and over again if they want to improve
their score. The score on the scoreboard
will always reflect their highest score.
a teacher ask students to participate in
the Web challenges outside of class time?
The program is Web-based so students can
participate in P4B just about anywhere there
is a computer. If students do not have
home computers or access to the Internet,
most local libraries provide access to computers
and the Internet.
Create visual (poster or comic) public
service announcements from a library of
clip art and design elements;
Share PSAs with classmates and;
classmates' PSAs online
The PSA Maker contains three different types
of online PSA Galleries:
Student's "Personal Gallery" which
contains the PSAs a particular student
has created so far. From this gallery,
students can create, view, copy, edit,
share and delete any of their personal
Gallery" which allows
students to view their classmates' PSAs
and vote for their favourites. A student's
PSA gets included in this gallery once
a student clicks "save & share" on
a selected PSA in their "Personal
Gallery". Students should vote on
their classmates' PSAs according to the
criteria on the "Creating
a Great PSA fact sheet" (included
in Lesson 6 of the teacher guide or Quick Start Booklet.)
is available for anyone to view can include
one PSA from each class and can only
be submitted to the public gallery by
a teacher. The PSA submitted can be the
class PSA with the most votes OR a PSA
chosen by the teacher.
students create their PSAs without
using the online PSA Maker?
and students will not be "forced" to
use the online PSA Maker to create PSAs (however,
you'll be missing out on a really great
curriculum rich tool if you don't!)
a teacher does not choose to use the online
PSA Maker, the culminating activity of creating
a PSA can still be accomplished by creating
a Paper PSA or an Audio PSA. A Paper PSA
might be a hand drawn comic or poster and
an Audio PSA might take the form of an mp3
file, jpg, CD, etc.
Only PSAs created using the online PSA
Maker can be posted on the public gallery and will be eligible for the Strong Bones, Strong Communities Contest if posted before the end of April.
The 8-digit secret codes allow program participants
to access the program Web challenges and additional
functions. There are 3 different types of secret
Teacher codes give
teachers access to all 4 Web challenges,
Finding experiments, etc., at any time to allow
for reviewing in advance of students. Teachers
can also use their codes to personalize the
codes give class Squad members access
to special functions such as making comic
episodes specific to an individual class.
All members of a class P4B Squad will share
the same Squad code. Squad members should
also be assigned individual student codes
just like their classmates, for access to
the Web challenges and other program
Student codes give
students access to the 4 Web challenges,
comics, Femur's Finding experiments etc.
as the different components become activated.
A list of secret codes is included in a bag with the ID badges in the secret box that each participating class receives. The codes are on a sheet of labels that the P4B Squad should peel off and place on the secret code Earth Agent ID Badges for each student.
Teachers should keep track of which codes the P4B Squad assigns to each student on the pink "Teacher's student code summary sheet" which is also included in the bag. Teachers will be the only ones who know which codes have been assigned to students if they misplace them! The P4B team will not have access to individual student names.
students need to share a computer, they can
sign in under one code: however, the recorded
Web challenge score and the name printed on
the certificate at the end of the challenge
will show only the name of the student
that owns the code used. Whenever possible,
students should try to use their individual
does the P4B Squad make the 7 comic episodes
specific to their class?
comic episode text will be unique to each and
every class participating in the program. The
P4B Squad can make the comics specific to their
class by going to www.power4bones.com and inputting
their 8-digit P4B SQUAD
ACCESS CODE. The Squad will be
asked to fill in the answers to 6 questions about
their school and city/town. The Squad has to
do this only once during the program. It's
quick and easy to do – just follow the
directions online. Once the comics are downloaded,
they can be printed and photocopied for distribution
to students. There's one episode for each lesson
of the program. Note: Teacher's can also access
these questions and personalize the comics by
inputting the teacher 8-digit code.
the P4B Squad have to print copies of all
7 comic episodes at once?
If you only have time to answer the 6 questions
and download your class-specific comics, that's
OK. You can come back to the site later on
and sign on with your P4B SQUAD
ACCESS CODE (or teacher code) to
go back to your personalized comics. Then you
can print as many of the episodes as you desire.
You will not have to answer the questions all
over again. You only have to do that once during
the program. Students can also view the comics
online and solve the decoded messages online if you do not want to print the episodes.
the P4B Squad go back in and change answers
to the 6 comic strip episode school-specific
questions if they've made a mistake?
Yes. The Squad
can go back into the site using the P4B Squad
access code and change the answers if a mistake
has been made. Teachers can also correct mistakes
by signing in with the 8-digit teacher code.
What are the technical requirements to participate in the Power4Bones program?
Power4Bones is a web-based program that requires a computer. The requirements for your computer(s) are listed below. If your computers do not meet these requirements, the web-based components of the program will not work for you or your students.
Here are the technical specifications required to run Power4Bones:
A Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac or Google Chrome OS computer. Power4Bones is not compatible with iOS and Android phones or tablets.
A modern web browser such as Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Internet Explorer 11+, Google Chrome or Apple Safari.
The Adobe Flash Player must be installed and enabled for the Power4Bones site.
A consistent and reliable high speed Internet connection is necessary. Power4Bones does not run offline.
A keyboard is required for some of the activities.
Speakers or headphones are recommended but not required.