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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.
In this health worksheet, students 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 students.
Students play several games as group to practice respect and social behaviors. For this group games lesson, students play spider web, foam ball passover, and silent ball. Students demonstrate cooperation and enthusiasm while participating. 
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. 
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.
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.
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!
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.