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Health Science: Back to Basics
This instructional activity focuses on unit conversion, proportions, ratios, exponents, and the metric system. Discuss measurement with your math class and demonstrate how to solve several health-science word problems. Give learners a chance to visit an interactive website to practice identifying metric measurements and give them conversion problems to solve on a worksheet.
Antibody Center Template
In this antibodies worksheet, learners use model diagrams of antigens, antibodies and blood cells to develop a visual understanding of the immune system. They draw diagrams of antibodies and antigens attached to each other and answer three questions about them. They draw a diagram of agglutination and answer five more questions related to the binding of antibodies to antigens.
Human Papillomavirus: Investigating the Prevention, Transmission, and Treatments of a Viral Infection
Tenth graders explore the different health risks associated with human papillomavirus. In this health science lesson, 10th graders identify different ways to prevent viral and bacterial infection. They research and develop an awareness workshop for their friends and families.
Monitoring an Epidemic: Analyzing Through Graphical Displays Factors Relating to the Spread of HIV/AIDS
Tenth graders differentiate pandemic and epidemic. In this health science lesson, 10th graders analyze how HIV and AIDS affect different countries. They construct and interpret different types of graphs.
Paws in Jobland
Students research a specific job. In this lesson about jobs in the Health Sciences area, students learn about jobs. Students utilize the book "Paws in Jobland" to explore Health Sciences jobs. Students answer ten questions from a worksheet which is provided. Students gain research and technology skills.
New! What Is a Neuron?
Your class won't get on your nerves with this modeling activity! After teaching the structure and function of a neuron using the included diagrams, give individuals some clay and chenille stems so that they can make their own neuron model. This is the first lesson plan of an outstanding unit on brain chemistry, ideal for meeting middle school science standards and addressing the dangers of drug use at the same time!
New! Pre-assessment: The Brain
Break your class in to the general structure and function of the brain. Brainiacs discuss what they know about it and create personalized brain development timelines. They also take a true-false, pre-assessment quiz to get them thinking about this central organ. The lesson serves as an introduction to a fabulous, full unit on brain chemistry. Use it with your middle school human body systems curriculum.
Crossing the Synaptic Gap
As part of a unit on the chemistry of the brain, thinkers learn how chemicals work to transmit messages between individual neurons and how controlled substances impact the synaptic cleft. They do so by playing a dice-and-card game in which the numbers that appear on the dice represent the number of incoming signals and the number of signals inhibited by drugs. This fun activity is a stimulating discussion-starter on the nervous system or on substance abuse in either a life science or health class. Note that you will need a projection image from one of the other wonderful lessons in the unit.
Medical Misconceptions: What do you know?
Students are tested on their knowledge of some basic historical facts regarding medical science and hygiene. They take a Pop Quiz and then as a class discuss the answers given by having them explain why they chose their answers. Students develop a time line using the information from the pop quiz and interpret what the impact of events would have on their life in a paragraph.
New! Neurotransmitters Contain Chemicals
Human body systems students play a card game, "Locks & Keys" in order to learn that neurotransmitters carry a message from one neuron to another by fitting into a receptor site on the receiving nerve cell. While this activity can stand alone as a instructional activity, it is part of a larger series of lessons on the chemistry of the brain. You will appreciate the supportive resources and the variety of instructional strategies used throughout the unit.
New! Neural Network Signals
Using a simple circuit with the battery representing the brain, future physiologists test to see which solutions conduct electrical "nerve impulses." Enlighten learners with plentiful information on electric signals in the nervous system and the extensions suggested in the teacher's guide. Implement this and other lessons from the same unit when addressing Next Generation Science Standards for your middle school life science class.
New! Drugs, Risks and the Nervous System
In cooperative groups, middle schoolers contemplate the probability of 18 different situations occurring. After they make predictions, they compare them to the actual risk factors. This eye-opening exercise demonstrates that the odds of problems related to drug use are greater than the odds of many other events. As part of a larger unit on brain chemistry, this can be used in your human body systems or in your health and controlled substance unit.
New! Hormones and Stress
As a more personal part of a unit on brain chemistry, your class discusses stressful situations and the body's response to them. They talk about how, while the reactions are initially helpful, some can be harmful to your health. Finally, they write about ways that stress can be minimized. The discussion and writing exercise is ideal for meeting middle school Next Generation Science Standards, and would be best used alongside other unit components.
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.
New! Post-Assessment: Brain Chemistry
If you have implemented this fabulous brain chemistry unit in its entirety, you should have saved the pre-assessment quizzes from day one. In this assignment, individual learners go back over their original answers, and correct any incorrect responses. There is not much to the teacher's guide, but it is a useful resource,and it does make a pertinent and reflective conclusion to the brain chemistry curriculum.
Harvesting the Ocean for Medical Science
Pupils read articles introducing them to the scientific benefits of the horseshoe crab and brainstorm the challenges and benefits of harvesting them from the ocean. They conduct Internet research (links provided), and have a class discussion. Finally, they pretend they are scientists who are going to harvest the species for medical purposes. As scientists, they prepare a written plan explaining the reasons they must harvest the horseshoe crab.
In this blood type worksheet, students create a wheel showing blood type, antigens and the genes involved in coding for each blood type. Students use the wheel to answer 16 questions about blood type and they complete a chart with the genes, antigens and blood types using what they learned from the wheel.
Students study the difference between types of ionizing radiation and how elements are transmuted. They determine that radiation is normal and surrounds us. They calculate the amounts of alpha, beta and gamma radiation emitted from a radioactive sample.
Rabies-The Global Connection!
Students explore common misconceptions about rabies. In this health science lesson plan, students discuss how this disease can be treated and prevented. They research and create an information pamphlet about rabies.
World Population Day
ï»¿In this World Population Day instructional activity, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling sequencing, scrambled sentences, asking questions, take a survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for World Population Day.