Health Teacher Resources

Healthy bodies and minds make healthy learners! Find a wealth of health-related lesson plans and activities on nutrition, wellness, growth and development, injury prevention, and first aid In Lesson Planet’s collection of reviewed and rated resources.

A good place to start is with a presentation about the primary components of each of the three major areas (physical, social, and mental health) of the health triangle. Introduce early learners to the health triangle and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with the collaborative activities found in this unit. The activities in another unit plan help middle schoolers develop a broader understanding of the areas of the health triangle.

Good nutrition is a key part of physical health. Get kids thinking about their food choices with a video that compares the nutrients found in fast foods to those in fruits and vegetables. Another video, sure to snare the interest of viewers, suggests world hunger problems could be solved by reviving or expanding the practice of eating bugs, an amazing source of vital nutrients!

Healthy relationships are a key part of social and mental health. A lesson for middle and high schoolers helps them develop the personal and interpersonal skills they need to develop and maintain healthy relationships. Another resource includes a series of lessons that discuss biological, emotional, and social facts about human sexuality.

Regular physical activity is one of the most important ways to maintain and improve physical health, mental health, and well-being. Get your students up and moving with a packet of activities designed to promote active habits and a healthy way of life.

Whether looking for resources for a health unit or materials to enrich a complete course, you’ll find what you need at Lesson Planet.

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Where's the Beef - Beef Facts or Hype, Is it Bad for You?

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Analyze a Happy Meal™ for nutrient content and calories. Blend the contents into "McMush" and use Biuret's solution to test for protein content. There are a few problems with the lesson plan: the resource links are no longer valid, the...
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A Safe Food Supply? Is Your Food Safe to Eat?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Viewers of this slide show learn that pesticides used on food crops can be harmful, but that there are certain allowable levels that should not be hazardous. They find out the rigorous process of inspection that meat must go through...
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Puberty/Adolescence, Day 1: Overview

For Teachers 9th - 10th
What a simple way to have a health class learn about puberty! Worksheet 1 has a list of statements about puberty, and the class puts checkmarks in the boxes that they think applies to boys and/or to girls. Sure to promote lively...
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Wherever We Go, There They Are!

For Teachers 6th - 12th
The central video for this lesson is not available through the included resource link. However, the activity that simulates the passing of a virus through a population is impacting and the other resource links are invaluable. Use this...
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Bans, Bans, Good for the Heart!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
First, note that the link to the article no longer works, but it is easily located on the Internet. Health classes discuss the effects of smoking on heart attacks and the anti-smoking laws that have reduced the incidence of heart...
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Promoting Physical Activity with Pedometers

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Promote fitness with pedometers! This is a great idea as there is immediate feedback and of course, pretty much everyone can walk! This PowerPoint is designed to promote a specific physical education program, but is well worth all the...
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Problem Solving and Decision Making

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Help your teenagers learn to plan ahead before making a decision. With hypothetical examples and an online format, this could be a good addition to a language arts, teen issues, or health class. The format itself is not very...
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Social Studies: Dating Behaviors

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders discuss the importance of responsible dating. In addition to a discussion period, the lesson includes Powerpoint presentations, poster designs, and related role-playing activities. In one scenario, high schoolers act as...
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McDonalds vs. Apple, Fast Food vs. Fruit, Fun Nutrition Facts

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Natalie compares common food choices such as a soft drink instead of an apple, or Gatorade instead of a banana. Calorie count is juxtaposed against nutrients found in various fruits and junk food. Great visuals are provided for your...
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Miss America

For Teachers 7th - 12th
The first part of this article by PBS on the Miss America pageants can be used in a health class when it's time to talk about body image. There are links to related articles. There are some great questions for discussion. There are ideas...
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Changing Planet: Infectious Diseases Classroom Activity

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Here is a different approach: emerging epidemiologists first go home to interview family on the topic of infectious disease. Then they come to class and view a video and PowerPoint that explore how climate change may increase the...
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Human Body Series - Skin Quiz

For Students 5th - 9th
Anatomy and health classes can be assessed on their knowledge of skin. Using 10 questions in a variety of formats, middle schoolers respond regarding the function, layers, care, and conditions of this important organ. The provider of...
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The Nervous System and Drugs

For Students 9th - 12th
"The Nervous System & Drugs" is a collection of twenty-five short-answer questions pertaining to the human nervous system and how it reacts to various chemicals. Though designed as a chapter reading guide, not all biology texts have...
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The Family Roles of Addiction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This set of slides goes through the different roles that the members of the family of an alcohol or chemical addict take on. Professional in appearance, it takes a straightforward, unemotional look at the "star," the "enabler," the...
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Healthy Eating: Vitamins

For Teachers 4th - 7th
The first five slides contain photographs of foods containing each of the major vitamins: A, B, C, D, and E. Then there is a slide explaining each of the three macro nutrients. The final slide is a low-quality graphic of the food...
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Food Labels & Portion Size

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Do you know the serving size of that muffin you are eating? Oddly, many packaged items have unrealistic portion sizes, like 3/4 of a spear of a pickle. When you therefore look at the nutrition label on that jar of pickles, the calorie...
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Beauty or the Beast

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Does the FDA really intend to protect public health? Spark a debate in your chemistry or health class by using this article, titled "Beauty or the Beast." It questions the safety of cosmetics and toiletry products, govenment regulations,...
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“Egg Baby” Parenting

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Each pupil in your health class can be a good egg by successfully caring for a baby egg as a project in parenting. They will keep a journal, perform a cost analysis, and check in with you at the beginning of each day. Consider initialing...
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Blood and Transplant: Blood

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Why is blood donation so important, anyway? Science and health classes across multiple grades benefit from an in-depth look into the need for and process of blood donation. With an emphasis on presenting the topic in a non-threatening...
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Tracing an Epidemic

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Designed as a teacher training, this presentation walks you through a lesson on the spread of communicable disease. Each participant is given a tiny cup of liquid and a sequence of exchanges then occurs. An indicator is then introduced...
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How Do Contraceptives Work?

For Students 7th - 12th
How do contraceptives work? What are the forms of contraceptives? Is one form better than others? How reliable is each type? The three forms of contraception—block, disable, or suppress—are examined in a short video designed for high...
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Human Body Series - Respiratory System - The High Price of Smoking

For Students 5th - 9th
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,...
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Viruses/Infectious Diseases: What's Really Bugging You?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Middle school life science or health classes listen to an audio, visit websites, read different articles, and participate in a class-wide simulation about the spread of viruses. The lesson plan doesn't get into the mechanics of how...
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Physical Activity, Environment and Policy

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
In the year 2000, inactivity cost the US approximately $76.6 billion. Physical inactivity is increasing and so are the costs associated with it. Take a look at these statistics and facilitate some discussion in your health class.