Injury Prevention and Safety Teacher Resources
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Students identify how household materials can be hazardous to themselves and family members. Precautions for preventing and/or minimizing various hazards are discussed as a class. Working in pairs, students create a directory of emergency telephone numbers.
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.
Stress the importance of the different types of pressure our mind and body experience in a lesson 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 lesson; it incorporates graphing, which reaches both Common Core math standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Hosting a Healthy Field Day will take a lot of planning and organization, but with a lot of parent participation it can come together very well. The resource describes seven stations of the ten that were presented. Each of these has a related activity, and address healthy living and taking care of one's body. The three not described were presented by guest speakers.
Ninth graders explain appropriate procedures for responding to personal, school, and community emergencies. They demonstrate basic first aid skills.
In a nutshell, your class will culture bacteria from their choice of surfaces. You will need to prepare or purchase agar plates. If you are new to this classic biology activity, this resource carefully walks you through the process of preparing the plates and the implementation of the lesson. It includes safety information and extension ideas. The objective is to teach your class that microbes are everywhere and that they are amazingly varied.
Students read "Shooting at School Leaves 2 Dead and 13 Hurt" in the New York Times online. They explore their own thoughts and emotions about school violence in the wake of the March 5, 2001 school shooting in Santee, California.
Students discuss the importance of wearing seat belts every time they are in a car. After identifying new vocabulary, they review some of the excuses others use not to wear their seat belts. They give a survey to their family members to determine the rate in which they wear their belts.
Students view a PBS "In the Mix" video about handgun violence and gun safety laws. They participate in a discussion about the video, speculate about the causes of gun violence and its prevalence in the U.S. and identify current gun laws.
Students explore the problem of bullying. They observe an anti-bullying commercial and discuss how a victim may feel. After a class discussion, students identify tools a victim may use to get away from a bully and obtain assistance. They practice a rap song about bullying and helping others.
Students explore sports-related health risks and develop school policies on these issues, rewriting current school policy to reflect their ideas. They then conduct field research to discover how these risks are addressed in various sports within their school's athletic department.
Students discuss the equipment necessary for the development and protection of athletes, then create educational brochures about how to prevent sports injuries and choose one sports injury and create diagrams of its effect on the human body.
A presentation on the prevalence and dangers of common urban pesticides. Adult learners are coached on how to properly read a pesticide label, and what ingredients they should look for. There is also a section of slides covering the safety equipment that should be utilized when applying pesticides to lawns, flowers, shrubs, and vegetables. Finally, some slides on proper storage and disposal of pesticides are also provided.
Students write about strange places that they have slept. In this sleep science lesson students read about astronauts sleeping experience in space. They reflect on unusual places that they have slept and write about it.
Students experience what it is like to depend on a group for their safety and to accomplish a goal. They increase their need for interdependence and cooperation in building relationships. Students need to explore the effective communication in problem solving situations.
In this water sports activity, students answer short answer questions about water sports and safety. Students complete 6 questions to get their merit badge.
In this canoeing worksheet, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about canoeing and safety. Students complete 10 questions total to get their merit badge.
This Boy Scouts of America workbook provides 11 pages of short answer questions about whitewater safety, safety equipment, and boating rules. It includes questions about potential injuries and their treatment.
Students investigate the concept of skin cancer and its relation to using tanning beds that expose people to artificial ultraviolet rays. They research the effects and look for ways to prevent the onset of skin cancer from the information obtained. They compose public service announcements with the results of the research to discourage the use of tanning beds.
Students gain a greater comprehension of the anatomy and physiology of the muscular system, the skeletal system and connective tissue by researching joints in the body. They also reflect on the effects of injuries on their joints and learn about new treatment methods. Students familiarize themselves with the muscular and skeletal systems by completing a short quiz, using diagrams of the body.