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Middle schoolers briefly explain the importance of nutrition in their everyday lives, and they tell you about how many calories they should consume in a day. They list readily available and affordable healthy foods that they LIKE to eat. Students explain why the above listed foods are healthy and list foods that they like, but explain why they should be the exception and not the rule in their diets.
Seven great activities accompany the background information you'll find here. Learners will be introduced to the painting Sir William Pepperrell and His Family by John Singleton Copley. Great information on the painting, the artist, and guided observation questions make this a wonderful resource.
Starry Night by Van Gogh is a wonderful piece that invites the imagination to explore. Second graders learn about the piece and the artist through a guided observation. After they discuss the painting, they continue their exploration through six different activities where they'll draw, paint, and write about the piece.
First, note that the link to the article no longer works, but it is easily located on the Internet. Health classes discuss the effects of smoking on heart attacks and the anti-smoking laws that have reduced the incidence of heart attacks. Here, pupils read an article about the reduction of heart attacks after local smoking bans are enacted. They complete a worksheet and discuss their answers.
Does the FDA really intend to protect public health? Spark a debate in your chemistry or health class by using this article, titled "Beauty or the Beast." It questions the safety of cosmetics and toiletry products, govenment regulations, and the toxicity of their ingredients. After reading the article, learners review the ingredients of a few different products. This is a stimulating topic, and the instructional activity can help you meet the Common Core Standards for literacy in science. Note that the link to the article does not work, but you can find it with an online search.
What are persistent organic pollutants, or POPs? Young chemists find out as they examine the use of cleaning products that contain materials that are harmful to the environment. This thorough investigation involves three different activities, one of which is an actual comparison of simple household materials to fancy, brand-name cleansers.
Yoga can help to relieve stress as well as help learners become more aware of their bodies. They can also work on flexibility, coordination, strength, and balance. There is a link to the entire lesson plan which contains descriptions of several simple poses; it can be downloaded. There is also a link to a website that has more information about yoga and its many facets. This is a nice simple introductory lesson plan to yoga.
Middle school life science or health classes listen to an audio, visit websites, read different articles, and participate in a class-wide simulation about the spread of viruses. The lesson doesn't get into the mechanics of how viruses replicate, but rather focuses on the spread of infectious disease, why it is different to control, and how the illnesses can be prevented. It is a nice way to integrate technology with a lab activity.
Future public health advocates read a case study of a combination of water pollutants that may be linked to autism. The class is split into three groups, one to research each of the suspected chemicals. The look at how each one affects humans, and then share the information with the rest of the class. Finally, individuals hypothesize in writing about why the synergy of the three combined pollutants affects humans differently. A multi-faceted lesson plan that can be used in a biology, health, or chemistry class as an enrichment.
This set of slides goes through the different roles that the members of the family of an alcohol or chemical addict take on. Professional in appearance, it takes a straightforward, unemotional look at the "star," the "enabler," the "hero," and other positions taken in this imbalanced family. You could use this presentation in a psychology class or a health class.
A simple, yet poignant lesson gets teens reading ads for clinical trials and discussing the requirements for participation. At home, they peruse the newspaper to find current examples of similar advertisements. The purpose of this lesson is to increase awareness of what it takes to develop treatments for different health conditions. When your health class is examining diseases and common treatments, this would be a nice addition to your curriculum.
Viewers of this slide show learn that pesticides used on food crops can be harmful, but that there are certain allowable levels that should not be hazardous. They find out the rigorous process of inspection that meat must go through before being sold to the public. Additionally, they learn about food additives: hormones, antibiotics, and preservatives. The last segment of the slide show delves into different methods of food preservation. Use this in a health class to help teens understand where their food comes from.
Students explore the importance of sun safety in relationship to skin cancer prevention. They test the effectiveness of various sunscreens and administer and analyze a simple survey to their peers. In addition, they implement a public service campaign designed to increase student use of sunscreen and sun safety awareness.
Address myths and stereotypes surrounding HIV and AIDS in this lesson plan. Students discuss how the disease is transmitted, how to properly apply a condom, and how to handle real life situations. Note: A number of extension activities, resources, and family supports are included.