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Health Physics: The Effects of Radiation on Living Things
A mix of scientific details and background information about the well-known sites of radiation attacks or accidents. This topic may open up details that you may consider as sensitive, and could be upsetting to some pupils. This is a perfect example of a topic that could be used in a cross-curricular setting, with enough time given for details and opportunities for research. The scientific details about the radioactivity and the methods for measurement are useful.
New! Study Jams! The Immune System
A set of slides depicts sick children, an artistic rendition of a white blood cell amongst red blood cells, and a diagram of part of the lymph system to teach youngsters about immunity. Kids will find that it is made up of skin, white blood cells, and lymph nodes. One way to use it would be as a visual aid to your lesson on the immune system. Another way would be to give learners the website so that they can explore it at home as part of a flipped classroom.
New! Your Nutrition Needs
It takes some work to ensure you have a balanced diet, but once you know the types of foods that are good for you, it becomes second nature. In the sixth of seven lessons about energy and nutrition, learners create a healthy eating plan using resources from the USDA. Note: The lesson was created before the USDA switched from MyPyramid to MyPlate, so you will need to update some of the resources in the activity to ensure it is up to date.
New! Skeletal Structures
What better way to study the structures of organisms than by creating a new being? After considering different types of skeletal supports (exoskeleton and endoskeleton), budding biogeneticists work together to create their own animals - first on paper, then using basic materials. They must decide whether an external or internal skeleton would work best, then think about how the creature will move. Depending on the background knowledge your class has, you may want to allow for some research time to look into different skeletal structures of a variety of animals to help them brainstorm. The actual time needed for the activity will vary depending on the age of the learners.
New! Heart and Circulation: Pre- and Post-Assessments
Meant to be given both before and after a unit on the circulatory system, this assessment is a set of 15 multiple-choice questions. Middle schoolers are queried on what they know about the structure and function of the heart and blood vessels. It also touches on how the heart handles microgravity and how animals without circulatory systems transport materials. The pre-assessment session also involves starting a concept map that is to be added to throughout the following lessons.
New! The Skeleton
Don't be chicken to try a lesson that compares the anatomy of birds to humans. Read the background information so you don't have to wing it when it comes to the anatomy of a chicken. Prepare cooked chicken bones by soaking them in a bleach solution, then guide your young scientists through an exploration of bones and cartilage. Finish the activity with a comparison between chicken and human anatomy to identify the similarities and differences. Note: be sure to allow yourself enough time to prepare the bones at least a day in advance.
New! Center of Gravity
Between the pull of gravity and the push of air pressure, it's a wonder animals can balance or move at all. With a hands-on lesson about the center of gravity, learners discuss their own experiences with the topic, then work with partners to experiment with the concept through making balances, as well as trying to balance themselves in different circumstances.
New! Muscles and Bones in Space
Being an astronaut takes not only high mental acuity, but also a high level of physical fitness, especially for those who spend a long amount of time away from Earth, such as the astronauts serving on the International Space Station. Without the constant pull of Earth's gravity on the body, space travelers quickly lose bone density and muscle mass. See how well your middle schoolers or high schoolers understand the concept through a drawing and writing activity. Learners draw and label the bones and muscles of an arm that has been in space versus one that has been on Earth, then devise a diet and exercise plan to combat the bone and muscle atrophy of microgravity.
New! Serving Sizes
When it comes to eating a balanced diet, portion control is paramount, but what is the difference between the serving size on the nutrition facts label and a portion as determined by the USDA? In a comprehensive look at portion control, kids will estimate and measure out serving sizes of four different foods, then measure out the stated serving size. To see the activity in action, watch the video included in the Additional Materials section.
Asthma and Allergies
Your health class reads two biographical stories: one about a girl who has allergies and the other about a girl who has asthma. They watch a quick cartoon on the KidsHealth website about immunity and take the related online quiz. You will certainly want computers with Internet access for each class member or small group. A ton of resource links are embedded! After the online exploration, groups collaborate to craft a brochure about one of these two immune system conditions.
I Can Balance. You Can Balance.
It's disturbing to think that one third of children born after the year 2000 will suffer from diabetes and perhaps be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents! Too many youngsters are not eating properly and are not physically active. It all begins at a young age. Help your class learn about and develop healthy eating habits and become more physically active.
Fifth graders inspect the basic functions of the immune system and determine how viruses and bacteria invade the immune system. They also explore what happens to the immune system in outer space.
The Human Genotype
Six different chromosome activites introduce biology aces to heredity, chromosomal abnormalities, sex-linked traits, and the human genome. The hands-on activites are fairly simple for the teacher to prepare and will prove to be both educational and engaging. Use them in your biology class to supplement your genetics unit.
Living Environment 2004
In this living environment worksheet, high schoolers answer 30 multiple choice questions and 42 short answer questions in preparation for the Regents exam.
Sal describes the activity on a cellular level that is presented when there is some damage to our membranes.
Regents High School Examination: Living Environment 2010
This exam touches upon every topic within the typical first year biology course.. A broad variety of question styles give high schoolers every opportunity to show what they know. Why start from scratch when a comprehensive final exam is easily available to you?
Immune / Lymphatic Response
The different methods of attack that the human body uses against invaders on a cellular level are summarized here. There are detailed diagrams regarding the specializations of the immune cells, and the chemical or physical response that they evoke. There are some sentences left incomplete that can be filled in during the lecture.
Heart Disease and Heart Attacks
Using some great diagrams and photos, Salman Khan is able to differentiate and clarify blockage of systemic arteries versus blockage of the coronary arteries
Stenosis, Ischemia and Heart Failure
Because medical terms can be confusing, this lecture helps the student to understand what each means and how they refer to the human condition of heart disease.
High school science classes will find this video intriguing. Viruses contain genetic information, but there are strong arguments for whether viruses are living or not. Replication versus metabolism and some details about the immune response are covered.