Injury Prevention Teacher Resources
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Health Education: An Integrated Approach; Unintentional Injuries
Third graders identify methods for preventing common injuries. In this injury prevention lesson, 3rd graders first study cartoons of injuries occurring, then write down their thoughts on these images. Next, the teacher shares many statistics on childhood injuries; students then work to identify intentional and unintentional injuries and develop strategies to avoid them.
Personal Development (Safety and Injury Prevention)
Demonstrate an ability to make informed choices about the prevention of injury with your class and others. Through class discussion, observational studies, simulation, and the creation of a handbook, high schoolers will understand the principles behind prevention of injury in school and the work place.
It's Your Life - Safe or Sorry/Safety Issues
Students examine and chart data about safety hazards and unsafe situations. For this safety hazard lesson, students examine newspapers and web sites to investigate injuries from safety hazards. They make a spreadsheet using the data and make a graph using the spreadsheet.
On 'Punched Out': Looking at Brain Trauma and Other Risks of Violent Sports
The tragic story of Derek Boogard, a hockey star whose sports-related brain injuries eventually lead to his death, is told through a series of videos. There are also articles that can be read. This poignant lesson gets participants to consider and discuss the physical dangers of contact sports, as well as the emotional toll. In small groups, learners then prepare presentations about the relationship between sports and brain trauma.
New! Managing Training Loads and Sports Injuries
How can our young athletes work to reduce sports injuries and avoid risks associated with overtraining? Discover the major components of managing and monitoring an individual's training load, as well as the warning signs and symptoms of overtraining.
Sports Injury Symptoms and Causes
Students research possible symptoms and causes of sports injuries. They research websites to list injuries and causes on a worksheet as they complete the template. After conducting their research, they discuss how sports injuries can be prevented.
Avoiding Sports Injuries
Students research sports injuries and how to deal with the injury. In this injury prevention lesson plan, the teacher introduces several exercise risk factors and prevention techniques, then students work in small groups to conduct research on a type of injury and create a five-minute skit to present to the class showing how to deal with the injury.
Cover Your Mouth Please!
Second graders investigate how to slow the spread of germs from coughing and sneezing. In this illness prevention lesson, 2nd graders talk about why people cough and sneeze before telling about ways to prevent the spread of germs. They talk about why humans cough and sneeze to clear out debris. They learn to wash their hands properly and how to sneeze into a tissue.
Young scholars compare and contrast the conditions of the 1918 influenza outbreak with those of today. They try to identify prevention strategies for infectious diseases.
Fit To Play?
Students research certain sports-related injuries and who may be at risk for these conditions. They synthesize their knowledge by collectively developing a comprehensive medical history form.
Emergency? Ask A Kid!
What is an actual emergency situation and what should you do to prepare for it? Learners will identify a variety of emergency situations and the appropriate way to address first aid concerns to minimize injuries. They will also discover the planning and preparedness strategies for dealing with emergencies through resources and practice.
Self-Injury Awareness Day
In this Self Injury Awareness Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling, sequencing, scrambled sentences, writing questions, survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities on Self Injury Awareness Day.
Repairing Spinal Cord Injury
Students explore the Spinal Cord Injury Resource Center's website for more information about spinal cord injuries. They participate in a spinal cord tutorial to answer their questions. They also analyze cases in which pets are paralyzed.
Dogfighting Lesson Two - Bite Prevention and Community
Students discover how to prevent dog bites by completing worksheets and watching a video. In this animal safety lesson, students view a video called Dogs, Cats and Big Kids, taking notes throughout. Students take a quiz and create a picture book explaining appropriate pet care techniques.
New! Energy Sources
Take the concept of burning calories to a more literal level in the second of seven lessons about energy in the realm of food and fitness. Using simple materials, groups will burn breakfast cereal and a pecan to see which one gives off more heat, recording all data on the provided worksheet. The instructions may be a little difficult to understand regarding the set up for the investigation, so watching the teacher prep video will be helpful. Note: for younger grades, do the activity as a demonstration to prevent potential injury or fire.
New! Good Stress for Your Body
Stress the importance of the different types of pressure our mind and body experience in a instructional activity about how certain types of stress are actually necessary and good for our bodies. As astronauts and people with injuries can attest, not using muscles for even a short period of time can cause them to shrink and can also weaken bones. Give your class a simple conditioning activity to do every other day over two weeks; as they track their data, they should see that regular use of muscles, even in small amounts, builds stamina and strength. Tip: The extension activity should be completed as part of the instructional activity; it incorporates graphing, which reaches both Common Core math standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Students read about the marketing of permethrin-treated clothing to help prevent insect borne illnesses. They design a poster to create awareness of an insect, animal or plant species which is harmful to humans.
Am I Safe at the Workplace?: Safety and Health Concerns in the Workplace
Ninth graders investigate how to prevent accidents in the workplace. They read and discuss a handout, examine OSHA/EPA guidelines, and create a poster depicting safety policies and procedures.
Safety at Home
First graders identify safety hazards in the home and learn ways to prevent home accidents. In this home safety lesson, 1st graders discuss ways to keep a home safe by brainstorming and then reading a story about home safety. They make clocks with moveable hands, and move through imaginary rooms in a house while displaying a likely time for being in that room. They finally discuss potential hazards in each room they "visit".
Nutrition And Bone Health
Students investigate the practices of fall prevention and how to aid the strengthening bones with the use of a high nutrient diet. They discuss the types of situations that can contribute to falls in the senior population and initiate a plan of fall prevention.