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What else does physical health include besides exercise and nutrition? How can I support my mental health? Does social health just refer to relationships with friends? How are all of these questions vital to the body's overall efficiency and well being? Discover the primary components of each of the three major areas (physical, social, and mental health) of the health triangle, and discuss what factors can affect and risk one's journey toward lifelong wellness.
Students make generalizations about health. In this health lesson students discuss how healthy interpersonal relationships enhance wellness overall. They focus on mental, social, and physical health.
Sixth graders examine the mental, physical, and social dimensions of their health. They discuss and list examples of each component of health on a worksheet, and list ways that they give attention to each aspect of their health on a paper pyramid.
Health is not simply the absence of disease or a one-dimensional notion, but is really a combination of physical, emotional, and social components. Discover the wellness triangle, which not only includes signs of health and ways to maintain it, but also emphasizes the need to have balance. The questions provided can be responded to individually, in pairs, or in a whole-group discussion.
Your health class reads two biographical stories: one about a girl who has allergies and the other about a girl who has asthma. They watch a quick cartoon on the KidsHealth website about immunity and take the related online quiz. You will certainly want computers with Internet access for each class member or small group. A ton of resource links are embedded! After the online exploration, groups collaborate to craft a brochure about one of these two immune system conditions.
Seventh graders discuss what are the characteristics of a personal with good health. They read an article about influences on health and discuss and perform a self assessment to gauge their personal health. They then go to the gym and perform and discuss physical activities related to social health, fitness, and stress reduction.
Students revisit the April 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and compare the projected health, environmental, social and economic impact to new scientific findings. They create public service announcements.
Students examine and evaluate changes in diet and lifestyle from prehistoric to modern times and how these differences have spurred the development (and better treatment) of heart disease.
Learners explain the workings and anatomy of the heart and to explore new medical techniques that help people live longer, healthier lives.
Students read the folktale, "The Magical Stone", and discuss questions imbedded in the activity.
Students explore genetics and genetic counseling. They research information on human genetic disorders. Students simulate developing a complete counseling service to assist the community.
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination in English worksheet, learners listen to a speech and answer reading comprehension questions. Students then compose an essay based on the information.
In a health class, participants read a story about a young woman who contacted HPV. The story is not included in the lesson plan, but is easily located on the Internet. The teacher then describes different scenarios for individuals to consider how they would handle each. This is a poignant lesson plan that can help teenagers to make wise decisions with their sexuality.
Students compare and contrast living in their houses to that of living in a space capsule. In groups, they develop a functional closed system space capsule for a team of astronauts. They use their prior knowledge in horticulture to address concerns on the supply of oxygen, water and food.
Students examine how their transportation choices affect the natural environment and their physical health as well as the power of community involvement and the dangers of over development.
Add a science experiment on medicine and drugs to your health lesson. After reading a paragraph on the difference between helpful and harmful drugs, kids choose which pictures of bottles they could find at a pharmacy. The last activity prompts them to read an advisory on a pack of cigarettes (with adult supervision), and to design an anti-smoking ad.
Students examine teenage health concerns. They analyze data from studies reporting teenage health concerns. Students identify common preventable health-related complaints by teenagers. They identify examples of links between physical, emotional and social health behaviors.
Fifth graders prescribe lifestyle changes. For this healthy lifestyle lesson students choose cartoon characters with unhealthy habits. Students advise cartoon characters of ways to be more healthy.
An animated fat molecule explains how some fats are beneficial and some are harmful. He describes triglyceride molecules and how the chemical bonding or overall shape determines the health value of each individual type of fat. This vibrant video has a variety of applications; use in a nutrition lesson for your health class, in your biochemicals lesson for biology, or in a lesson on chemical bonds in your chemistry class.
Cricket cookies? Mealworm mac and cheese? Bugs are super nutritious! Why don't we eat them? Hear the history of entomophagy, that is, the practice of eating insects and spiders, by viewing this video. It is a fascinating exploration of how reviving or expanding this practice could solve many of our world's problems! Include this as a stimulating and enriching discussion topic for a life science, social studies, or health class.