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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.
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.
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.
The fascinating topic of human skin color is examined in this article from Muse magazine. It highlights a study done by a pair of scientists on the relationships among strength of sunlight, vitamins, and melanin in the skin. The results enhance our understanding of the evolution of skin color. Create a worksheet of comprehension questions or hold a discussion about this intriguing information. It can be used in a biology class when studying adaptations or evolution, or it can be used in a health class when studying the function of vitamins.
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.
Vaccines have nearly eradicated some infectious diseases. Or have they? In a video, the question of reinstituting certain vaccinations is explored. After watching the film, teens simulate a quick-spreading disease and the protection provided by a vaccination. This resource is top-notch, and will leave you well-prepared to explore this topic with your biology or health class.
What does the term "lifestyle" mean? What constitutes an active lifestyle? What constitutes a healthy lifestyle? The main ideas in this lesson focus on what an active healthy lifestyle looks like. There are questions for discussion, and instructions for making a chart that ranks choices on a continuum. Learners conduct interviews to find out what others think and then create a Venn diagram to look at the differences and similarities. There are many aspects that go into an active, healthy lifestyle and this is a pretty good introductory lesson for covering them.
Have your classes heard of nature deficit disorder? Help them find out more with notetaking activities based on Richard Louv's book Last Child in the Woods. The notetaking pages are included and can be put together at the end to form a tree. Close the lesson with a brief true and false quiz, which is also included.
Here is a different approach: emerging epidemiologists first go home to interview family on the topic of infectious disease. Then they come to class and view a video and PowerPoint that explore how climate change may increase the occurrence of infectious disease. Following a class discussion, you will divide learners into groups and assign each a role to play in a debate. This poignant lesson will increase awareness of how complex infectious disease and climate change can be. It can be used in a health class, biology, environmental science, or even a social studies class!
There are many ways to make decision: act, react, flip a coin. Some ways are healthy and some are not. Learn about the different styles. Learn how to use effective decision-making skills to get desirable results. Learn to take responsibility for making decisions. Discuss situations teens face and practice putting these methods to work to make smart choices.
Promote fitness with pedometers! This is a great idea as there is immediate feedback and of course, pretty much everyone can walk! This PowerPoint is designed to promote a specific physical education program, but is well worth all the information it contains. You could implement this kind of challenge with your physcial education classes as well as your health classes.
Getting young learners to do calisthenic-type exercises is not so fun, but connect it to a favorite card game and somehow the fun factor increases. Here, the calisthenic activities are connected to the game of UNO. Each color or type of card has the players doing a different type of calisthenic, such as: red card = push-ups, skip card = skip one lap around the gym. If you hand out a card to each participant, I would suggest having one person at a time show his card and having the whole class do that exercise all at the same time. Get out that pack of UNO cards and get those youngster exercising!