Osteoporosis Teacher Resources
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Osteoporosis has long been viewed as an "old ladies' disease," but there are many people at risk. There are also many things young people can do to reduce their risk factors. Learn about all of this and more through a comprehensive PowerPoint.
A Look At Osteoporosis
Eleventh graders study osteoporosis and understand the relationship between calcium and bone mass. In this investigative lesson students participate in an activity in which they graph and construct basic bone biology.
Anatomy of Living Bone
Students analyze and examine the anatomy of bones and bone conditions. In this bone anatomy lesson, students analyze and examine the structural properties of bones. They explain the relationship between osteoblasts and osteoclasts and describe the changes in bone due to osteoporosis.
Strong Bones, Healthy Family
Students identify the risks associated with osteoporosis. In this adult health lesson, students compare their current calcium intake versus what they need daily. They recommend ways to prevent this disease.
Our Amazing Skeleton
Students study the skeleton, about the number of and types of bones in the body, and how outer space affects astronauts' bones. They discover how to take care of their bones here on Earth to prevent osteoporosis, or, weakening of the bones. This lesson clearly outlines the foods and types of exercise that promote healthy bones.
Nutrition and Bone Health
Students find the difference between calcium-fortified foods and foods that naturally supply calcium. They examine how to read food labels for calcium. Students study a handout of the high calcium sources and the good calcium sources.
New! Muscles and Bones: Nutrition
Got milk? Or almonds, sardines, or tofu? Calcium is important throughout life, but especially so for developing bodies. If teens do not consume enough calcium while they are growing, they are at a much higher risk of osteoporosis and other health issues. Beginning by looking at their own eating habits, learners try to place the foods they've consumed over the past 24 hours on the Healthy Eating Plate. Next, they examine both dairy and non-dairy foods that are high in calcium and how many daily servings they would need to meet the recommended daily allowance for teens.
Take Calcium and Vitamin D
Students explain the roles of calcium and vitamin D in our bodies. They determine the recommended intakes of calcium and vitamin D. Students then identify good sources of calcium and vitamin D. They plan a calcium and vitamin D rich diet plan.
Skeletal System Lesson Plans
You can use these lesson plans to give students some hands on experience with the skeletal system.
Fit For Life: Eat Smart and Exercise
Students examine the problem of obesity among teenagers. They view a video and discuss what could be done to avoid becoming overweight. They also explore the importance of exercise.
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.
Calcium And Vitamin D Supplements
Pupils investigate the benefits of a nutritional supplement of taking calcium and vitamin d. They look at the specific benefits and the skills necessary for planning a healthy diet. Comparison shopping is practiced looking for the most reasonably priced foods.
Adolescence: Springboard to Lifelong Bone Health
Students discuss bone health. In this health lesson plan, students talk about foods and activities that can foster strong bones. Students explore ways to defeat obstacles to bone health.
Middle schoolers demonstrate the semi-permeability of a cell membrane and lay ground-work for discussion of osteoporosis.
New! How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Health
Designed to accompany the 13-minute video The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes, this handout serves as both a viewing guide during the video and an analysis of how the adaptations of the icefish might help treat some human ailments. Additionally, there is an extension activity, which includes an essay outline for budding biologists to write more in-depth about the potential benefits to human health that could come from understanding more about the icefish. Add more time to the recommended duration if you choose to have your class do the extension activity.
British Royalty Tours the U.S.
Learners share their knowledge of England, then read a news article about Prince Charles's anticipated visit to the U.S. In this current events lesson plan (written prior to Prince Charles's visit), the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
New! The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes
Adaptations must be made as environments change. This fabulous presentation features Icelandic icefish, a transparent, scaleless specimen that even has colorless blood. Genetics and adaptations concepts are explored as scientists study the DNA that is expressed as an antifreeze protein. The film guide provides background information, discussion points, links to related resources, and a quiz question answer key. Additional materials include the assessment and a few fabulous lab activities that you can choose from as a followup.
Human Body Series - Respiratory System - The High Price of Smoking
Send your health class to the computer lab to do a mini-research assignment. In it, they write brief descriptions for various health problems that are affected by smoking. Some of these include cancer, emphysema, heart disease, osteoporosis, and infertility. The handout has instructions printed at the top, and then lists each health issue, leaving space for information to be written.
What Is Inside the Atom?
Four lessons make up this mini unit about atomic structure and spectra. A pretest is provided to give an idea of what is already known about the atom. Through a series of demonstrations and lecture, you present the information to young chemists. They construct a fruit model of the boron atom. They fill in a chart using the periodic table of elements. They compare and contrast two potatoes as an example of how isotopes are related. Asides from the dissection of a fried fish head, this is a terrific set of lessons for introducing the atom and radioactivty.
Black Tiger Academy Martial Arts Fitness Unit – Lesson 9
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”—Nelson Mandela. Black Tiger Academy’s martial arts lesson plan nine of 20 introduces food labels to the class. What are food labels? What do they mean? How can they be helpful in choosing what to eat or drink? The class participates in an activity called Crack the Code to help them decipher a food label. Then they practice their round-house kicks before putting together snap/round-house kick combinations, and thrust/round-house combinations. They will use shields and targets for variety.