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Third graders examine the issue of food quality to assess the dangers of pesticides, additives, and improper food preparation. After keeping food diaries and categorizing foods, they fill in food pyramids based on their journal entries. In addition, 3rd graders bake cakes to determine how additives change the taste of food and take a cola taste test.
Young scholars study a healthy lifestyle. In this factors that affect health and wellness instructional activity, students discover how alcohol can be particularly dangerous for young people to consume. They read articles in the Ask, Listen, Learn student magazine and participate in class discussions about this topic. This instructional activity includes links to the magazine articles, other resources, and worksheets.
Seventh graders explore the West through the eyes of a settler. In this Westward Expansion instructional activity, 7th graders read excerpts from the diary of Narcissa Whitman as she journeyed West from Pennsylvania. Students respond to critical thinking questions that accompany the diary as they read.
Students explore the importance of the tropical rain forest in different cultures. Through a cooperative game, they locate countries that are known for their forest resources. Students discuss the similarities and differences of various cultures who live and depend solely on tropical forests.
In this literature and history worksheet, students prepare to read the novel by Lois Lowry Number the Stars. Students read the history behind the Nazi occupation of Denmark and the arrest of the Jews there. This is a 10 page historical account of the Holocaust events with photographs from WW1.
Students explore physical health by researching good dental habits. In this tooth care lesson, students identify foods that promote good oral hygiene and discuss ways to improve their brushing habits. Students create paintings of smiling faces on paper and hang them in their classroom.
The first part of this article by PBS on the Miss America pageants can be used in a health class when it's time to talk about body image. There are links to related articles. There are some great questions for discussion. There are ideas for some projects the class can do. This article provides a lot of food for thought.
Students solve a problem involving salt water. For this solving a problem involving salt water lesson, students determine the amount of salt needed to simulate a salt-water environment in an aquarium. Students determine the amount of salt required to achieve the salinity of the great salt lake, mono lake, and the ocean.
Young scholars examine teen obesity in the United States. In this civics instructional activity, students gather data regarding health and fitness in their school. Young scholars use their findings as well as selected sources to plan and implement a health and fitness program in their school.