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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.
Making Active, Healthy Lifestyle Choices
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.
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!
Sir William Pepperrell and His Family by John Singleton Copley
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.
What is Nature Deficit Disorder?
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 instructional activity with a brief true and false quiz, which is also included.
The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
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.
Bans, Bans, Good for the Heart!
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.
Beauty or the Beast
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.
Empowered Decision Making
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.
New! Food for the Brain
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.
Human Body Series - Skin Quiz
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!
Promoting Physical Activity with Pedometers
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.
Human Body Series - Respiratory System - The High Price of Smoking
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.
Human Body Series - The Digestive System Quiz (Grades 6 to 8)
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!
Is That a Fact?
Investigate popular scientific claims and gather evidence to defend or argue against an author's stance. Writers synthesize information and compose their own "Really?" columns modeled after those found in the weekly "Science Times" section of the New York Times. The lesson reinforces the development of clear arguments as well as the use of appropriate evidence and details to support claims.
Let's Sleep on It
Students research sleep following a class discussion on an article in The New York Times. Students use their research information to create a health and wellness exhibit that addresses topics related to sleep.
Chew On This!
Learners develop pamphlets for a dental health mentoring program that educates younger students about caring for their teeth. They recall experiences at visits to dentists and consider why some students may have poor dental health.
THE LAUGHING BRAIN 2: A GOOD LAUGH
Students explore various theories about laughter, laughter's effects on our mental health, and the benefits of laughter to our immune system.
Sixth graders examine the mental, physical, and social dimensions of their health. They discuss and list examples of each component of health on a worksheet, and list ways that they give attention to each aspect of their health on a paper pyramid.
All Aboard the Innovation Train
Students read "Next Stop for the Subway, a Fully Automated Future" from The New York Times and consider the effect of technology on their town or city. After discussing arguments for and against the new computer-based subway system in the article, students design and draw computerized public transportation for their town or city.