Personal and Community Health Teacher Resources
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Studying Contraception (Lesson 2)
Eighth graders are introduced to the various types of contraceptions available. In groups, they focus on a different type of contraception method and share their ideas with the class. As a class, they complete a worksheet on birth control pills and identify the most effective method when it comes to avoidance of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Personal Health Series - Empathy
In this personal health worksheet, learners research biographies of famous people using the Internet or library in order to nominate someone for an empathy award. They fill out the nomination form for this fictitious award by telling how their nominee has shown empathy.
Personal Health Series - Self-Esteem
In this personal health learning exercise, students design a collage using magazine pictures or original drawings that show what they see when they look at a personal reflection. The depict their skills, and accomplishments in the picture of a mirror on the learning exercise.
Personal Health - Energy Balance
In this personal health activity, learners read a short entry about the eating and sleeping habits of a set of twins. They describe why the twins do not have energy during the day before listing 3 ways to improve their eating habits, and 3 ways to improve their sleeping habits.
Second graders study health behaviors rerlated to nutrition.
Classifying Space Food
Students write a written summary of what they have learned about the astronaut nutritional diet in comparison with their own diet habits.
Second graders brainstorm, and then share ideas of how they can behave responsibly by respecting the rights of others. This is lesson one of seven in the unit, A Television in My Room.
Seventh graders practice applying strategies and skills needed to attain personal health goals, including changing health issues, abilities, priorities and responsibilities. They explain, after listing three goals, one detour they might encounter for each goal.
Going to the Doctor
Fifth graders discuss reasons for going to the doctor. In this doctor's visit lesson, 5th graders read a chapter from the text and complete a checkup word search to match definitions and terms. Students answer questions at the end of the chapter.
Signs of a Healthy Heart
Young scholars investigate how heart rate is affected by body position and exercise. In this biology lesson, students create a flyer or photostory about the real world application of this lesson. They calculate their fitness level.
Chew On This!
Learners develop pamphlets for a dental health mentoring program that educates younger students about caring for their teeth. They recall experiences at visits to dentists and consider why some students may have poor dental health.
You, Me and Sexuality
Discuss how media influences teen sexuality by explaining the importance of values learned from family, religion and society. Learners will role play given scenarios and write a reflection after the instructional activity.
Young scholars study about how addiction can have both physiological and behavioral effects. They synthesize their knowledge by creating a sensitivity training session for counselors working with teenagers who are addicted to drugs.
For the Birds
Students examine the different types of pandemic flu viruses and virus "scares" that have occurred over the past hundred years by creating a master chart that displays the origins, transmission, symptoms, and socio-historical impact of each virus. Flu scares include Swine Flu of 1976 and Spanish Flu of 1918
Personal Health - Breakfast
In this personal health worksheet, students paste or draw pictures of food that are a part of a healthy breakfast on a place setting. They explain why they are healthy choices by writing next to each item.
Students see how widespread medical myths can be potentially dangerous. They synthesize their knowledge by creating pamphlets that help patients learn the facts behind some commonly believed medical myths.
Tooth Be Told
Students consider the images and feelings associated with teeth. They also create posters about the importance of teeth in a variety of animals.(August 5, 2003)
Learners create a list of dental problems and tactics that can be used to correct them. They then study about how the field of orthodontics is changing, and work in cooperative groups to research and build models of how various types of orthodontic treatment are used to correct specific dental problems.
Adopt Good Personal Health Habits
Students, through teacher lecture and instruction, review the personal wellness habits that can prevent illness and maintain good health. Hopefully, if students adopt these habits they will decrease their chance of getting sick.
Learners evaluate the health of breakfast foods. They create and solve word problems using cereal nutrition data. They solve additional problems formulated in class and write short essay on what they learned.