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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.
Students play several games as group to practice respect and social behaviors. In this group games lesson, students play spider web, foam ball passover, and silent ball. Students demonstrate cooperation and enthusiasm while participating. 
For this health worksheet, middle schoolers read a text that explains that good health is more that the absence of illness. Students answer 3 essay questions. The second text and worksheet on changes during puberty has 8 matching questions and is suitable for older middle schoolers.
"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.
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.
Help your young learners understand the importance of privacy when communicating about relationship issues and sexual health. Class members are broken into groups to research various technology-based communication channels that can be used to give or acquire information, and then discuss the consequences of public/private communications.
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.
Natalie compares common food choices such as a soft drink instead of an apple, or Gatorade instead of a banana. Calorie count is juxtaposed against nutrients found in various fruits and junk food. Great visuals are provided for your nutrition or health class.
Get those gastric juices going with a delicious quiz on the digestive system! Middle school learners fill in the blanks about the process of digestion, the function of different organs and fluids, and problems that can occur with the system. This would be an appropriate assessment at the end of your lesson in a life science or health class. Make sure to check out the relevant videos and written lesson plan by the same publisher!
Needs vs. wants. When marooned on a desert island, these take on a new meaning! Small groups discuss how they would meet needs in such a situation, but then you introduce effects of climate change to the scenario. Now how will they go about survival? This is a stimulating activity that can be used after your earth science class has studied the global climate and greenhouse effect. 
With a couple of neat diagrams on student handouts, your life science or health class will examine the contents and serving sizes of healthy foods. They dissect a slice of pizza and scrutinize the nutritional value of its components in writing. Though the lesson is part of a unit,and some of the discussion directly pertains to the brain, it really is more of a general nutrition lesson, reflective of the USDA MyPlate guidelines. In other words, it can easily stand alone as part of your nutrition class.
Each pupil in your health class can be a good egg by successfully caring for a baby egg as a project in parenting. They will keep a journal, perform a cost analysis, and check in with you at the beginning of each day. Consider initialing or signing each egg with permanent ink as it is handed to its parent to ensure that babies aren't replaced if mishandled during the project.
Anatomy and health classes can be assessed on their knowledge of skin. Using 10 questions in a variety of formats, middle schoolers respond regarding the function, layers, care, and conditions of this important organ. The provider of this quiz also published a lesson plan and produced a video to so that your class will have full coverage of the skin!
Send your health class to the computer lab to do a mini-research assignment. In it, they write brief descriptions for various health problems that are affected by smoking. Some of these include cancer, emphysema, heart disease, osteoporosis, and infertility. The handout has instructions printed at the top, and then lists each health issue, leaving space for information to be written.

New Review Nutrition Project

A salad of nutrition-themed videos can be enjoyed by your health class as a wrap-up to the nutrition unit. Groups select a topic and create a two-three minute skit or commercial to be filmed and shared. If you assign each group a specific topic, this project could be a fantastic way to review the unit's material.
Record calorie and nutritional content, exercise, and weight loss with this functional application. As part of a nutrition or health class, open the eyes of teenagers to the make-up of what they really eat. Encourage healthy habits by having learners track their intake and output of calories.
Diagrams and video footage of people help show the structures and functions of the respiratory system. Exercise is highlighted, making this an accessible video for a health class.
Do you know the serving size of that muffin you are eating? Oddly, many packaged items have unrealistic portion sizes, like 3/4 of a spear of a pickle. When you therefore look at the nutrition label on that jar of pickles, the calorie count, fat, and sodium are all listed for 3/4 of a pickle! Help your health class be more aware of the claims of nutrition labels as you discuss nutrition and serving sizes.
Show your health class the issues someone with morbid obesity faces. Follow Francis Serrano, who at 500 pounds undergoes gastric bypass surgery in order to lose weight. Use this to show a personal story of someone who chooses this option.