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Students consider the implications of teen pregnancy. In this personal health lesson, students discuss how mothers prepare for pregnancy physically and financially. Students compare their daily routines to those of young mothers and discuss how teen pregnancy would alter their lives.
Participants describe the process of pregnancy and childbirth. Working in pairs, they sequentially order a set of ten cards listing the steps of pregnancy and childbirth. After the cards are arranged correctly, each phase is discussed in detail. This activity contains sensitive material. Please review to determine its suitablility for your class.
Students investigate the possible consequences of practicing a lifestyle of being sexually active. They work in groups to have discussion using the IDEA Problem Solver handout. The statistics surrounding teen pregnancy are shared in order to help promote responsible sexual behavior.
Learners study the importance of prenatal care, weight gain, a healthy diet and the dangers of using drugs while pregnant.  For this infant nutrition lesson students examine all the aspects of pregnancy. 
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 for one day. It might take more than one day if you cover all of the material.
Students discover life science by identifying the reproductive process. In this pregnancy lesson, students read text which discusses the responsibility required to create a child as well as the economical and social means to raise one. Students answer study questions regarding pregnancy prevention and contraception use.
Students in an alternative school setting for pregnant teens examine various facets of pregnancy including prenatal and postpartum testing, genetic influences, and additional risk factors. Through videos, hands-on activities, and small group discussions, they gain insights into the genetics of human development, birth defects, and other related topics. Activities include: constructing cell models and creating pregnancy timelines.
Young scholars listen to explanations of what can go wrong in pregnancy and why problems arise. They complete worksheets and define terminology.
Ninth graders participate in an activity designed to increase their understanding and awareness of the difficulties and complexities of raising a child. They view and discuss an overhead "Babysitter Wanted." Students discuss their experiences with babysitting. They devise a schedule for looking after a six-month baby for a day. Students discuss their current knowledge of child care.
In this medical worksheet, students identify and locate vocabulary terms that are related to pregnancy. There are 54 health words located in the puzzle.
Students 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.
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.
Students survey, graph and chart their prior knowledge about diabetes. They read a handout and complete a K-W-L chart. They develop a rubric to assess their diet and exercise and develop a shopping list, menu and exercise plan to share.
A prewriting prompt, a class discussion, a website visit and accompanying worksheet, and a culminating group project make up this lesson on public health awareness. The topic is folic acid and how its absence in the diet may influence birth defects, but the overarching lesson is about increasing awareness. Use this with biology or health classes.
Pupils identify the cause of dental problems during pregnancy. They state when baby teeth form. They identify ways of keeping baby teeth healthy.
Students 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.
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.
Focusing on prenatal health, this thorough resource provides discussion points about behaviors of the mother and of the father. It differentiates between controllable behaviors that help decrease problems with the developing fetus, and uncontrollable elements, such as congenital defects. After class discussion, your high schoolers can play a game and review what they have learned so far.
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.
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 might look like, watch the video included in the Additional Materials section.

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