Nutritional Needs and Pregnancy Teacher Resources
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New! Nutritional Challenges
Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially for people with special dietary needs. After learning about standard nutritional needs for adults, learners take on the role of a dietician and work together to create a menu for one of the following unique nutritional needs: High blood pressure Vegetarian Pregnancy Lactose intolerance Type 2 diabetes High performance athletes Astronauts By examining the special dietary restrictions for their assigned person, groups determine how to ensure a balanced menu while taking into account the unique issues facing their assigned nutritional specialty. Additionally, each child keeps a food diary to get in touch with his/her own caloric intake. To see what the lesson plan might look like, watch the video included in the Additional Materials section.
Fast Food and Daily Nutrition Choices
Students explore food. In this nutrition lesson, students investigate multiple facets of healthy eating and how the fast food industry impacts our society. They will participate in class discussions, read from their text-book, and watch a fast food documentary. This lesson includes assignments for a persuasive essay and a class debate, resource links for research, and worksheets.
Pregnancy, Day 2: The Experience
Many changes happen to a pregnant woman's body, mind, and emotions in these nine months. Discover and talk about these many changes. The class may know some of these things, but some things they might not know about, or they don't know why it happens. Men also go through some changes.
Pregnancy, Day 1: The Developing Baby
Twenty-six pages of good information about pregnancy. Pictures and descriptions describe the moment the sperm and egg unite, and there are worksheets that students can complete. This is a pretty comprehensive lesson plan for one day. It might take more than one day if you cover all of the material.
Fast Food and Daily Nutrition Choices
Students research healthy eating habits. In this nutrition instructional activity, students examine healthy eating habits while dining at restaurants. Working in small groups, students research multiple reasons for poor eating habits and create a "perfect" school lunch.
Students discuss facts and myths associates with pregnancy and how conception can and cannot occur. They study fetal development and review terminology. They play a review game.
Nutritional Influence on Illness and Disease
Students examine nutritionally related diseases and illnesses, evaluating studies and developing topics for a science fair project. They investigate bacteria, researching how it can be harmful or helpful, and create illustrated displays.
New! The Health Triangle
What else does physical health include besides exercise and nutrition? How can I support my mental health? Does social health just refer to relationships with friends? How are all of these questions vital to the body's overall efficiency and well being? Discover the primary components of each of the three major areas (physical, social, and mental health) of the health triangle, and discuss what factors can affect and risk one's journey toward lifelong wellness.
Maternal Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation
Students explain the relationship among nutrition, infection and diseases. In this health science lesson, students suggest ways to break the nutrition-infection cycle. They brainstorm solutions to prevent infectious diseases in the community.
The Teenage Single Parent
High schoolers examine the challenges a single teenage parent faces. In groups, they research ways to positively cope with an unplanned pregnancy and design their own layette for their new baby. As a class, they discuss what it means to be responsible and role-play in different scenarios. To end the lesson, they write down their goals, not only for themselves, but also for their baby.
Girls and Puberty
Students describe the internal and external changes females experience during puberty. They discuss the external changes of puberty. Students investigate about the changes that happen inside the female body at puberty. Students review the ages in which boys and girls go through puberty.
Micronutrient Need Intervention
High schoolers investigate the real world applications of nutrition. They study the problem of starvation and how it affects different populations. Students work in small groups in order to devise and intervention plan. They also search out the right type of diet for a personal nutrition plan.
Nine Months in Six Weeks
Student study possible effects the mother's nutritional habits will have on her baby. They see how important it is to eat right and examine a regular diet for a pregnant woman or one for a woman with diabetes or other physical problems.
Planning For Student Diversity When Teaching About Puberty
Young scholars begin their examination of the changes their body is going to go through during puberty. In groups of boys and girls, they discover their experiences during puberty are going to be very different from one another. As a class, they discuss the consequences of having unprotected sex and role-play various scenerios to end the lesson.
The Scientific Basis For The Ten Steps To Successful Breastfeeding
Pupils review the ten principles of successful breastfeeding. They are interested in application of them in real lifelike simulations. Students use the slides provided for demonstration and review purposes before practice sessions of simulation.
Medical Explorer: The Big Idea
Read informational text which relays how medical care differs around the globe and throughout history. There are three separate lessons, each focused on a particular case study, regional medical availability, and cultural norms. Learners use the provided information to analyze and research a medical condition and possible treatment plan. This is a very complete series which includes worksheets, case studies, background information, narratives, and a glossary.
Cardiac Arrest! Using Forensics to Investigate Cardiovascular Anatomy and Function
Students identify the different parts and functions of the cardiovascular system. In this forensics lesson, students collect and analyze evidence on a fictional crime. They describe different causes of cardiac arrest.
Lead and Mercury: Comparing Two Environmental Evils
High schoolers in chemistry or health courses look at the material safety data sheet (MSDS) and periodic table of elements to gather information about mercury and lead, two toxic materials that have been found in food products. They read an article about each. You will need to search for the articles online since the links do not take you to them. After the lesson, pair up learners to write a skit in which one is a doctor and the other is a patient who may be suffering symptoms of exposure. The articles make for fascinating material to help meet Common Core State Standards for scientific literacy.
Mothers' Milk-Unleaded, Please
Lead toxicity is a hot topic these days, especially when it was a common component in household paint for many years. In Taiwan, there was concern that babies were being exposed to toxic levels of lead through breast milk. A study was done comparing the breast milk from women who used traditional Chinese herbs and those who did did not. High schoolers read an article about the study and then research the sources of lead exposure in the USA. A four-step assignment accompanies the article. Note that you will need to search for the article online since the links do not work.
Frenzied Food: Fantastic Fuel?
Pupils infer the causes of obesity. In this health science lesson, students brainstorm ways improve to their diet. They write personalized journals with goals on how to live a healthy lifestyle.