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In this eating disorders instructional activity, students use drawings or photos from magazines to design an ad for jeans. They use realistic body types and positive messages about body image and types. They answer 2 questions about who they target with their ad and how their ad may influence people's behavior and thoughts about body image.
Sixth graders study the concept of dysfuctional eating including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, fad dieting, and having an unbalanced diet. They watch and discuss videos about eating disorders and then they write a paper on how to make their favorite snack.
Pupils research celebrities with eating disorders and gather BMI (body mass index) data on themselves. For this eating disorder lesson, students write essays on eating disorders and work in a team of two to research a celebrity with an eating disorder. They determine their own BMI using a bioimpedence analyzer and find the mean, median, mode, and range of the class BMI data.
Get your class outside, away from the television, and maybe even learning something about nature while they're at it. Individuals will chose an open, natural space to spend time in for several days. Each day they will complete a page in the provided ten-page "Natural Space Journal". For every page of the journal, pupils draw and write about things they see, hear, and think about as they spend time in their chosen open space. The specific prompts at the top of each journal page will get your class noticing things about nature they may not have before, thinking in a scientific way, and hopefully appreciating nature!
How does the absence of gravity affect the human body? The skeletal system, circulatory system, and the sense of balance are all impacted. With a very casual tone, an astronaut explains the changes to these body systems and also an experiment done by neuroscientists on underuse of organs. The video is presented as if you are in a spacecraft viewing each topic within a window. Although it doesn't directly meet science standards, it would be an interesting addition to a unit on space exploration. Follow it with a discussion about why astronauts need to be in top physical condition before embarking on a mission.
Did my stomach make that noise? Explore the digestive system through a WebQuest and research project, ending in a visual display and presentation that classmates review for one another. Partners begin the WebQuest with a pre-quiz followed by research using given links. They reference an evaluation rubric (also included as a document) to put together a digital presentation on the digestive system which is later presented to other groups for peer review. Consider jigsawing this presentation so not all groups do the same thing. Be sure to check out the "Digestive Games and Activities" section of the WebQuest; watch the video through the alimentary canal!
Imagine being able to rotate the brain and view interior structures without dissection! This tool allows anatomy masters to do just that! They also learn about the associated functions, disorders, and symptoms of damage to each structure.