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The Wellness Triangle
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.
Assessing Health Habits
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.
New! The Health Triangle
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.
Asthma and Allergies
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.
A Blast from the Past
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.
Heart 2: Changing Lifestyles and Heart Health
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.
Heart 1: Transplant
Students explain the workings and anatomy of the heart and to explore new medical techniques that help people live longer, healthier lives.
Growth and Development
Students read the folktale, "The Magical Stone", and discuss questions imbedded in the lesson.
Genes-R-Us: or, Real Genetics For Real Students
Learners explore genetics and genetic counseling. They research information on human genetic disorders. Students simulate developing a complete counseling service to assist the community.
Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination in English Session One (2006)
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination in English worksheet, students listen to a speech and answer reading comprehension questions. Students then compose an essay based on the information.
A "Moment" of Unprotected Sex Leads to HPV
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 that can help teenagers to make wise decisions with their sexuality.
Students make generalizations about health. In this health activity students discuss how healthy interpersonal relationships enhance wellness overall. They focus on mental, social, and physical health.
Plants in Space
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.
Family Mouse Behind the Wheel
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.
New! What is Fat?
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 instructional activity for your health class, in your biochemicals instructional activity for biology, or in a instructional activity on chemical bonds in your chemistry class.
Should We Eat Bugs?
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.
New! Challenging Stereotypes: A New Look at Old Age
Combine a lesson on the elderly with grammar instruction. Before viewing a series of provided video clips, class members brainstorm a list of words related to senior citizens and organize these words into categories that correspond with the parts of speech. After viewing the clips, discuss stereotypes and send pupils off to write news reports with a focus on adjectives. Extension ideas are included.
New! Digging for Humanity's Origins
"Is this a good evolutionary adaptation, or is it going to lead us to being the shortest lived hominid species on planet earth?" Listen as Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey discusses our evolution from common ancestry and her work in East Africa looking for fossil remains to piece together our evolutionary past. Leakey illustrates the steps of finding and excavating fossils, the geographic processes involved in preserving and locating fossils, and the major characteristics of homo erectus, such as his/her life expectancy, physical health, abilities, activities. etc.
Crossing the Synaptic Gap
As part of a unit on the chemistry of the brain, thinkers learn how chemicals work to transmit messages between individual neurons and how controlled substances impact the synaptic cleft. They do so by playing a dice-and-card game in which the numbers that appear on the dice represent the number of incoming signals and the number of signals inhibited by drugs. This fun activity is a stimulating discussion-starter on the nervous system or on substance abuse in either a life science or health class. Note that you will need a projection image from one of the other wonderful lessons in the unit.
The Diabetes Cure - Creating Hope
More than 25 million Americans have diabetes. By watching this film, biology buffs learn about how the body handles glucose and what diabetes is. Researchers have been trying to activate a gene that stimulates insulin-producing pancreatic cells to regenerate, and so cure this debilitating disease. Following the film, learners research the basics of diabetes, and simulate how high blood sugar content can lead to excessive thirst, a symptom of the condition. Though the video has a genetics component, the lesson can be used in a health class or biology class when studying osmosis or human body systems.