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QUESTIONS ABOUT HEARING
Students uses scientific inquiry to explore hearing. Inquiry involves asking a simple question, doing an investigation, answering the question, and presenting the results to others.
HOW WHALES HEAR
Students discover that aquatic mammals like whales have ear structures that are different from those of humans and other land animals, yet they are perfectly suited to life underwater. They conduct experiment demonstrating on inner ear vibrations.
Talking About a Resolution
Students explore Nobel Prize winning economist Thomas C. Schelling's "strategic ergonomics" theory as it applies to making New Year's resolutions. They make their own resolutions and develop plans to keep them using Schelling's strategies.
Learners are introduced to various concepts related to suicide prevention. They watch a video, read case studies, distinguish between facts and myths about suicide, identify suicide warning signs and participate in class discussion.
Protect the Skin You're in
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.
The Circulatory System--Part VI
Students outline a body on butcher paper. Students fill in the circulatory system using materials of various textures. Students decorate all the parts of the circulatory system with art articles, like buttons, yarn, etc.
HIV and AIDS: Rights & Responsibilities
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.
Tobacco Advertising Methods
Tenth graders identify the ten appeal methods Tobacco Companies use to target teenagers for cigarette sales.
Progressive Era: Public Pressure and Government Actions
Students read sections of the novel, "The Jungle". They identify the problems of the meat industry during the Progressive Era. They discuss food concerns of today and make connections between the two time periods.
It's All About Vitamins
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.
Making Active, Healthy Lifestyle Choices
Healthy choices includes anything from brushing your teeth to always wearing a seatbelt to choosing healthy foods. Making wise lifestyle choices means making decisions that will positively impact overall health. Help young learners identify active, healthy choices by doing the included art project in which they cut out pictures from magazines depicting healthy choices.
Staying Green while Being Clean - Green Cleaning and Green Chemistry
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.
Healthy Living Lesson Plan 7 - Yoga and Relaxation
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 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 to yoga.
Folic Acid Health Campaign
A prewriting prompt, a class discussion, a website visit and accompanying worksheet, and a culminating group project make up this lesson on public health awareness. The topic is folic acid and how its absence in the diet may influence birth defects, but the overarching lesson is about increasing awareness. Use this with biology or health classes.
Viruses/Infectious Diseases: What's Really Bugging You?
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.
Three is a Toxic Number
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 that can be used in a biology, health, or chemistry class as an enrichment.
A Breath of Poor Air: Inspecting Indoor Air Quality in the Classroom
Introduce your environmental studies or health class to IAQ, that is, indoor air quality. Do so with an informational reading and an activity in which they analyze the air in the classroom for potential pollutants. The resource states that it was written for middle to high schoolers, but is probably most appropriate for upper-elementary classes.
Making Logic Out of Madness
Tenth graders organize and interpret data from a student health program. In this physical education lesson plan, 10th graders use a body composition analyzer over 8 weeks to determine the validity of a student health program. Data obtained is organized into tables and graphs.
Human Clinical Studies
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.
A Safe Food Supply? Is Your Food Safe to Eat?
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.