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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Get More Sleep

For Teachers 4th - 8th Standards
Help learners identify habits that interfere with sleep and to understand the importance of adequate rest and its impact on not only physical health, but also emotional wellbeing.
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The Health Triangle

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What else does physical health include besides exercise and nutrition? How can I support my mental health? Does social health just refer to relationships with friends? How are all of these questions vital to the body's overall efficiency...
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Introductory Class

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Secondary special education students are introduced to the topics covered in health class. This is the first in a series of lessons focused teaching developmentally appropriate life and sexual health related topics. Intended for mild to...
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It's All About Vitamins

For Students 7th - Higher Ed
The fascinating topic of human skin color is examined in this article from Muse magazine. It highlights a study done by a pair of scientists on the relationships among strength of sunlight, vitamins, and melanin in the skin. The results...
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What Is Fat?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
An animated fat molecule explains how some fats are beneficial and some are harmful. He describes triglyceride molecules and how the chemical bonding or overall shape determines the health value of each individual type of fat. This...
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Should We Eat Bugs?

For Students 5th - 10th Standards
Cricket cookies? Mealworm mac and cheese? Bugs are super nutritious! Why don't we eat them? Viewers discover the history of entomophagy, that is, the practice of eating insects and spiders, by viewing a fascinating video that explores...
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Health and the Whole Person

For Teachers 8th
Health is more than measuring your blood pressure and eating nutritious foods. Eighth graders discuss the factors that play into an individual's health, including spirituality, social life and friendships, emotional stability, cognitive...
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Crossing the Synaptic Gap

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
As part of a unit on the chemistry of the brain, thinkers learn how chemicals work to transmit messages between individual neurons and how controlled substances impact the synaptic cleft. They do so by playing a dice-and-card game in...
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The Benefits of a Good Night's Sleep

For Students 7th - Higher Ed Standards
It's well known that people should get eight hours of sleep each night, but exactly why is that? Follow along with this short video as it investigates the crucial role sleep plays not only in peoples' physical health, but their memory...
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Set Your Mind, Set Your Goals

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Becoming a woman can be overwhelming for girls. An educational resource assists female learners in setting goals for their reproductive choices, physical health, and emotional and mental well-being.
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Digging for Humanity's Origins

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
"Is this a good evolutionary adaptation, or is it going to lead us to being the shortest lived hominid species on planet earth?" Listen as Kenyan paleontologist Louise Leakey discusses our evolution from common ancestry and her work in...
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Does Mother Nature Know Best?

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Investigate herbal medicine in the science or health classroom with this lesson from the New York Times. After a discussion about class members beliefs about and experiences with herbal medicines, pupils read an article that might impact...
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Marathon Challenge by PBS

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Does your class have the heart for this activity about exercise and pulse rates? After measuring resting heart rate and recovery heart rate, have your young athletes investigate pulse rate and the effect of exercise on pulse rate. This...
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Observation Milk Fat Lesson

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Turn your class loose to experiment with the different fat content in skim milk, whole milk, half and half, and heavy cream. This is a visually vibrant experiment, as learners drip food coloring on the surface of the products and measure...
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Asthma and Allergies

For Teachers 4th - 8th
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...
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Macromolecules

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Magnify macromolecules for your biology class by having them answer these ten questions. They will define monomers and polymers, list monosaccharides, and analyze polysaccharides. In addition to assigning this to your biology class, you...
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Aerobic/Anaerobic Respiration

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Both aerobic and anerobic respiration are introduced in this succinct PowerPoint. The chemical equations for both are included. The last slides give instructions for a lab activity in which pupils use a gas sensor to measure the...
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Muscle Diagram

For Students 6th - 12th
Label the major muscle groups in the human body. This worksheet is two pages, one for the anterior/front view and one for the posterior/back view. The class labels the major muscle group, the common name for the group, and identifies an...
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Food for the Brain

For Teachers 6th - 12th
With a couple of neat diagrams on student handouts, your life science or health class will examine the contents and serving sizes of healthy foods. They dissect a slice of pizza and scrutinize the nutritional value of its components in...
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An Introduction to Nutrition

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Whether you need a new textbook for your health class, or a few exercises and passages for your lesson on nutrition, you'll find what you need with a thorough nutritional science resource. With 15 chapters that cover elements of...
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Human Body Series - The Digestive System Quiz (Grades 6 to 8)

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Get those gastric juices going with a delicious quiz on the digestive system! Middle school learners fill in the blanks about the process of digestion, the function of different organs and fluids, and problems that can occur with the...
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Human Reproductive System

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Teenagers take on the human reproductive systems when viewing this presentation. Labeled diagrams of each are displayed, along with one of a fetus in utero. Presented in bullet-point fashion are facts about the formation of sperm and egg...
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Body Mass Index (BMI)

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
How do you calculate your Body Mass Index, and why is this information a valuable indicator of health? Class members discover not only what BMI is and practice calculating it using the height and weight of six fictitious individuals, but...
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Aspect, Treeline, and Climate

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Head to the treeline and beyond to examine how this feature of the landscape affects weather and climate, which gives scientists clues about its health. Class members' observations of photographs provide the data that drives the...
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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.
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Science of Obesity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Show your health class the issues someone with morbid obesity faces. Follow Francis Serrano, who at 500 pounds undergoes gastric bypass surgery in order to lose weight. Use this to show a personal story of someone who chooses this option.
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A Healthy You

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Go beyond counting calories with a healthy eating unit that focuses on reading nutritional labels, making healthy choices, and incorporating fitness into daily life. After four lessons about the different ways kids can improve their...
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Health Triangle Self Assessment

For Students 7th - 12th
Measure health as a triangle, with each side representing different aspects of health: physical, emotional/mental, and social. High schoolers complete a self-assessment of their health in all three areas before scoring their progress and...
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Extension Activity Building a Healthy Classroom Community

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Workout buddies aren't just for adults! Learners discuss the benefits of 60 minutes of physical activity each day and generate ideas for how they can accomplish this by working toward a goal with friends.
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How do I look to you?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Present propaganda to your class with a set of posters and pamphlets. Learners create their own advertisements and discuss how they might add propaganda into their work. Next, small groups analyze posters about child nutrition and fill...
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Bully Free Lesson Plans—Eighth Grade

For Teachers 8th Standards
Middle schoolers are likely very familiar with the concept of bullying and cliques. Discuss their experiences and brainstorm ways to handle peer conflict and feelings of exclusion with a poem that focuses on bullying, and a second lesson...
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Real Time Response

For Teachers 8th Standards
Is it easier to stand up for yourself, or for another person? Put the question to the test with an activity that prompts class members to consider different scenarios that involve someone pressuring them — and then to consider the same...
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Self-Esteem Quotes

For Students 8th Standards
Teenagers are so worried about what others think of them that they seldom stop to consider how they think of themselves. An introspective lesson prompts class members to analyze their own self-esteem in the context of several...
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Negotiation Skills

For Teachers 7th Standards
What's the most effective way to get what you want? Middle schoolers practice negotiating without arguing in a lesson focused on clear communication.
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Breast Cancer: Prevent, Detect, Treat

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Odds are, most of the members of your class know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. Teach them more about prevention through healthy lifestyles, detection with self-testing and mammograms, and the most effective treatments...
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Stories of Painkiller Addiction: Commitment to Recovery

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Recovery from substance addiction is an ongoing process. The final lesson in a series about painkiller abuse and addiction prompts learners to research various recovery options before writing a short story about a character who is going...
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What Are My Relationships with Others Like?

For Students 7th - 12th
Relationships are often the highest priority for teenagers, but they don't always have the maturity to navigate a healthy connection with peers or family members. A series of group activities prompt class members to interview their...
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The History of America’s Weed Laws

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
To understand the laws regarding marijuana use in the United States, you can go all the way back to the 1800's to learn about farming hemp, or you can go back to 2018 when California became the sixth state to legalize recreational...
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Marijuana: Perception of Harm vs. Use

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Many teenagers don't believe that marijuana is harmful, but if they do, it affects whether they use it or not. Analyze the relationship between what high school seniors believe about marijuana and their tendency to use it with a reading...
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Homophobia: What is It? What Can We Do About It?

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
A two-part lesson focuses on the sensitive issues of homophobia, discrimination, sexuality, and gender. Middle schoolers discuss individual and institutional discrimination, personal rights, homosexuality, and bullying.
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Stressed Out

For Teachers 7th Standards
Feeling stressed out? Your middle schoolers probably are, too. An engaging activity helps them identify the biggest stressors in their lives, and to explore the most beneficial ways to manage them for a happy and well-balanced way.
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Active Listening

For Teachers 7th Standards
Listening to a friend is not just waiting for your turn to talk. Learn more about active listening and what it really means to be a good listener with a lesson that focuses on kindness and compassion for others.
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“I” Messages

For Teachers 7th Standards
Having a hard time expressing your feelings? Most teenagers have the exact same problem. Help them use words to describe the way they feel with a resource that focused on conveying the way they feel, rather than the actions of others.
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My Life My Plan

For Students 6th - 8th
Being a teenager is harder today than it's ever been. Guide high schoolers through the last few years before adulthood with a resource that encourages them to reflect on their lives and passions, and to make a healthy plan going forward.
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What is Health?

For Students 6th - 12th
Many indicators of health are beyond a teenager's control, but there are many changes they can make in their daily life that can improve their health. Middle schoolers think about their physical, social, and mental health status before...
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My Life—My Relationships

For Students 6th - 8th
How can you tell if your relationship is healthy or unhealthy? When can consent be withdrawn in a sexual encounter? Discuss important aspects of healthy relationships with high schoolers with a lesson plan that includes talk about...
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What is Sexuality?

For Students 7th - 12th
Set the record straight with a series of health-related lessons that discuss human sexuality. Over the course of 11 group and individual activities, learners discover biological, emotional, and social facts about sexuality. 
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How Can I Make Good Decisions?

For Students 7th - 12th
Your entire life can change as a result of one decision—for better or for worse. Guide middle and high schoolers through the process of making decisions and weighing the consequences in the midst of peer pressure and other influences.
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Can I Keep Violence out of My Life?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Many teenagers in your class have not experienced violence in their lives, much less as a daily occurance. But some pupils are not so lucky. Bring hope to your class that violence is not an inevitable part of life, and that they can...
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What Reduces Sexual Risks?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Teens don't have the ability to see around all of the corners of their decisions, some of which can affect the rest of their lives. Help them understand the implications of risky sexual behavior, including sexually transmitted diseases...
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What Does Conflict Mean?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Is conflict always bad? Learners begin a unit on conflict resolution with an exercise that defines conflict, reviews common words associated with conflict, and encourages partners to brainstorm conflicts that may have positive results.
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Saving Time and Money on Dinner

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
What's for dinner? An engaging home economics lesson lets students decide the menu based on a given nutritional requirement and monetary budget. 
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How Do Germs Spread (and Why Do They Make Us Sick)?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Much the chagrin of mothers around the world, germs are everywhere; it's unavoidable. Learn how these microscopic invaders have evolved different ways of spreading from one host to another with this short instructional video.
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Titration: Standardization of a Base and Analysis of Stomach Antacid Tablets

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Titration experiments don't have to give your high schoolers a stomachache. Study the ways to titrate an acide with a base in an engaging science experiment, which involves creating solutions and performing titrations. Pupils prepare a...
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Foundations of Wellness

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
You may be physically healthy, but what about mentally and emotionally? How is your social health? Kindergartners and first and second graders learn about the importance of maintaining their health in all aspects of their lives with a...
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What Parents Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Teens

For Parents 7th - 12th
The teenage years find adolescents yearning for independence—and often isolating their parents from their everyday lives. Educate parents on the warning signs of marijuana use, including its effects on the brain and the likelihood of...
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What You Need to Know about Marijuana Use and Pregnancy

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Some people believe that using marijuana during pregnancy is safer than smoking tobacco, but studies show several negative impacts on babies whose mothers used marijuana while they were pregnant. Use a fact sheet to educate learners...
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Good Drugs, Bad Drugs

For Students 3rd - 4th
Add a science experiment on medicine and drugs to your health lesson. After reading a paragraph on the difference between helpful and harmful drugs, kids choose which pictures of bottles they could find at a pharmacy. The last activity...
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Good Food Explorers

For Teachers Pre-K
Students use different food items in order to practice the mathematical concept of shape recognition. At the same time the teacher explains how crops are a source of physical health. They use all five senses to describe each food item...
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Folic Acid Health Campaign

For Teachers 9th - 12th
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...
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A Breath of Poor Air: Inspecting Indoor Air Quality in the Classroom

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Introduce your environmental studies or health class to IAQ, that is, indoor air quality. Do so with an informational reading and an activity in which they analyze the air in the classroom for potential pollutants. The resource states...
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Nutrition Project

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A salad of nutrition-themed videos can be enjoyed by your health class as a wrap-up to the nutrition unit. Groups select a topic and create a two-three minute skit or commercial to be filmed and shared. If you assign each group a...
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Human Clinical Studies

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A simple, yet poignant lesson gets teens reading ads for clinical trials and discussing the requirements for participation. At home, they peruse the newspaper to find current examples of similar advertisements. The purpose of this lesson...
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A "Moment" of Unprotected Sex Leads to HPV

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In a health class, participants read a story about a young woman who contacted HPV. The story is not included in the lesson plan, but is easily located on the Internet. The teacher then describes different scenarios for individuals to...
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Things You Need to Know About Your Congestive Heart Failure

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Signs of congestive heart failure and how to eat less sodium are taught through this PowerPoint. Although created to help patients manage their disease, it can also be used in the educational setting. Pre-med students or even high-school...
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Epidemiology of Physical Activity and Inactivity

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
This PowerPoint is merely a compilation of statistics regarding physical activity and physical inactivity. The information could be used to facilitate discussion in a health class around correlations between activity, inactivity, heart...
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The Respiratory System - How it Works?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Diagrams and video footage of people help show the structures and functions of the respiratory system. Exercise is highlighted, making this an accessible video for a health class.
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Health Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Two options for a health class project are presented in this assignment: a persuasive paper or an advocacy project. The persuasive paper is on students' choice of controversial topics, most of which require a high level of maturity. The...
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Wellness

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students make generalizations about health. In this health lesson students discuss how healthy interpersonal relationships enhance wellness overall. They focus on mental, social, and physical health.
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Healthy Living Lesson Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Individuals each select a healthy habit to explain and demonstrate with the rest of the class. They are assigned a partner to evaluate and videotape them, but they will create their own class presentation. The document includes a peer...
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Dating Violence: Are You a Victim?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The teenagers in your class are probably involved in romantic relationships, but are they keeping themselves safe? Guide learners through the warning signs for dating violence with a series of lessons and discussions. 
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Stress

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Everyone feels stress from time to time, but how can you move past it? A seven-page packet of activities guides high schoolers through the process of recognizing and managing their stress. The resource includes discussion topics, a quick...
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I Spy

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the mental, physical, and social dimensions of their health. They discuss and list examples of each component of health on a worksheet, and list ways that they give attention to each aspect of their health on a...
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Good Food, Good Health

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students investigate how food provides energy for the human body. In this physical health lesson, students access online resources to identify how certain foods can affect their health. Students discuss how many servings of each food...
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Smile!

For Teachers Pre-K
Students explore physical health by researching good dental habits. In this tooth care lesson, students identify foods that promote good oral hygiene and discuss ways to improve their brushing habits. Students create paintings of smiling...
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What Is Health?

For Students 6th - 8th
For this health worksheet, students read a text that explains that good health is more that the absence of illness. Students answer 3 essay questions. The second text and worksheet on changes during puberty has 8 matching questions and...
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Drugs Awareness

For Teachers 8th
Peer pressure can lead to dangerous activities for the eighth graders in your class. Prepare them for the tough conversations in the years ahead with a set of lessons about drugs and their consequences on users' lives.
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The Miracle of Life

For Students 5th - 8th
With this animated, storybook-style application, journey through the phenomenal processes of fertilization, gestation, and human development. 
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Studying STI/HIV

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders describe symptoms, effects, treatments, and prevention for chlamydia, HPV, herpes, gonorrhea, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV. They begin by answering provided background questions and get one's feelings about what they think...
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Connecting Youth to Quality Health Information

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Many teenagers don't have adequate access to health and nutrition information beyond a quick Internet search. Guide them into health advocacy and proficiency with a lesson focused on MedlinePlus as a reliable source for health...
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My Generation Rx: Plot Twists

For Teachers 7th - 12th
How can prescription drugs be dangerous if they were prescribed by a doctor? Is it okay to share your prescription drugs with friends if they really need them? Clear up any common misconceptions about prescription drugs with a set of...
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Personal Wellness Inventory

For Students 9th - 12th
How healthy are you really? High schoolers assess the aspects of physical, mental, and social health in their lives before applying them to various templates and discerning the unhealthy habits that they can work on changing.
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Prosthetic Prototype

For Students 3rd - 10th
Could the next innovation in biomedical engineering come from someone in your class? With a list of household supplies and an assignment to create a prosthetic prototype, your future scientists work to build a durable and life-like limb...
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Heart to Heart

For Students 3rd - 7th
Study heart health and math in one activity. After measuring their resting heart rates by finding the pulse in their wrists, learners build a stethoscope to listen to their heart rate, and note the differences between the two methods.
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Super Tracker Nutrition

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here's a program that uses technology to encourage high schoolers to develop healthy diet and exercise habits. After tracking and evaluating their eating choices, class members craft a personalized nutrition plan and daily menu based on...
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Be Independent / Life Management Skills

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Living independently is about more than managing money. Learn how to manage time, balance responsibilities, and calculate overtime and income with a set of activities about life management skills.
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My Generation Rx: Champions of Rx

For Teachers 7th - 12th
What is the number one reason teens say they misuse prescription drugs? Are all prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you illegal to use? Answer these questions and more with a trivia game that includes survey topics and...
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Blood Circulation Simulation

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Act out the circulation of blood in the body with an innovative activity. Kids act as either body parts or blood, and carry necessary nutrients and waste throughout different stations to represent the way that oxygen circulates. 
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My Life. My Plan.

For Students 7th - 12th
A colorful packet gets teens thinking about their life plan. Do they want to go to college? Do they want to be in a relationship? Do they want to be sexually active? The packet provides tips on how to develop healthy relationships, make...
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Happy Feet=Healthy Body

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss the benefits of regular exercise.  In this physical health studies instructional activity, 4th graders create visual demonstrations to track their progress with physical fitness related goals.  Students discuss...
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I Can Touch the Stars

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the concept of human capital. In this human capital instructional activity, students research how Dr. Sally Ride and Senator John Glenn invested their human capital. They determine how these two increased their human...
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Introduction To Wellness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the affects of various risk factors and cumulative risk factors vs. a life of wellness in this technology-based lesson plan for the High School Health class. The lesson plan requires the use of the Inspiration...
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Individual and Environmental Factors Affecting Food Systems and Choices

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students study the environmental factors that affect food systems and choices. In this food systems and health lesson, students study global and national information about obesity. Students study photos and captions about the topic....
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Family Mouse Behind the Wheel

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Students examine how their transportation choices affect the natural environment and their physical health as well as the power of community involvement and the dangers of over development.
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Group Games

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars play several games as group to practice respect and social behaviors. In this group games lesson, students play spider web, foam ball passover, and silent ball. Young scholars demonstrate cooperation and enthusiasm while...
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Athletics and Genetics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How might genetic testing impact and transform the nature of athletic sports? After reading a New York Times article on genetic testing for children to determine athletic ability, class members are broken into groups and take on the...
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FitFun Game Guide

For Teachers K - 5th
Bring a great packet of indoor and outdoor games to your elementary fitness class. The activities are sure to get children moving and develop an appreciation for being active, and are designed to promote active habits and a healthy way...
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Monitoring Your Well-Being

For Students 6th Standards
Can stress, exercise, and sleep habits affect how people feel? Scholars record their personal habits and temperaments in the weeks leading up to the lesson. Next, they create plot graphs to show correlations between their actions and...
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Teen Self Esteem Workbook

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Happy teens are healthy teens! Pupils embark on a self-reflective journey using a series of assessments and discussions to promote personal development. The lessons focus on identifying low and high self-esteem attitudes and behaviors,...
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“Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: HIV/AIDS”

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
These activities and instructional handouts will help your learners to understand not only the causes, transmission, and prevention of HIV/AIDS, but also gain a deeper understanding of the chain of infection when diseases are spread.
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The Wellness Triangle

For Students 6th - 9th
Health is not simply the absence of disease or a one-dimensional notion, but is really a combination of physical, emotional, and social components. Discover the wellness triangle, which not only includes signs of health and ways to...
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Healthy Living Lesson Plan 7 - Yoga and Relaxation

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Yoga can help to relieve stress as well as help learners become more aware of their bodies. They can also work on flexibility, coordination, strength, and balance. There is a link to the entire  activity which contains descriptions of...
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The Circulatory System--Part VI

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students outline a body on butcher paper. Students fill in the circulatory system using materials of various textures. Students decorate all the parts of the circulatory system with art articles, like buttons, yarn, etc.
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Making Logic Out of Madness

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders organize and interpret data from a student health program.  In this physical education instructional activity, 10th graders use a body composition analyzer over 8 weeks to determine the validity of a student health...
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Nutrition -- A Lesson for Life - Biology Teaching Thesis

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars briefly explain the importance of nutrition in their everyday lives, and they tell you about how many calories they should consume in a day. They list readily available and affordable healthy foods that they LIKE to eat....
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The Food Guide Pyramid

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine each level of the food pyramid and how many servings they should consume during the day. They study the important nutrients associated with each category of the food pyramid.
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Teaching Fundamental Movement

For Teachers K - 6th
Students perform fundamental movement activities for flexibility and motor skills. For this movement lesson plan, students perform physical activity for all grade levels.
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Just Examine It

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine advertising slogans that promote poor health behaviors before discussing their implications. They design a positive health message which they turn into an advertisement to role play in the class.
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Analyzing Graphs

For Students 9th - 12th
In this statistics and probability worksheet, high schoolers analyze frequency distribution tables or histograms and box and whisker plots.  The two page worksheet contains four multiple choice questions.  Answers are included. 
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Math Regents Exam Questions - Pearson Integrated Algebra P.304: Histograms

For Students 6th - 8th
For this histograms worksheet, students solve 9 short answer, multiple choice, and graphing problems. Students construct frequency tables and histograms of data.
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Media Awareness: the Basics of Advertising

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore marketing techniques. For this media awareness lesson, students watch instructor-selected advertising and identify the marketing techniques used in each of them. Students then create advertisements for products.
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Bring Sports Inside the Classroom

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Research sports to foster an interest in afterschool engagement, and see your students grow more creative and focused.
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Making Active, Healthy Lifestyle Choices

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
What does the term "lifestyle" mean? What constitutes an active lifestyle? What constitutes a healthy lifestyle? The main ideas in this lesson focus on what an active healthy lifestyle looks like. There are questions for discussion, and...
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Tobacco Advertising Methods

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders identify the ten appeal methods Tobacco Companies use to target teenagers for cigarette sales.
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The Lost Children of Rockdale County

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars explore the motivations and consequences of seeking attention, including sexual attention from peers, by interpreting segments of "The Lost Children of Rockdale County" video. They conduct further research on the Internet...
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What's so hard about saying no? Refusal Skills Role-Playing

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students practice refusal skills to cope with peer pressure. In this refusal skill lesson, students work in groups to create their own skit about pressure to use tobacco. They show how they can use the 7 refusal skills taught on the Dig...
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Media Awareness: Key Concepts in Advertising

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the basic concepts of advertising.  In this media awareness lesson, students discuss target audience, art, and purpose in advertising to determine what makes an advertisement effective or ineffective.  Students evaluate...
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Making Active, Healthy Lifestyle Choices

For Teachers K - 2nd
Making wise lifestyle choices means making decisions that will positively impact overall health. Help young learners identify active, healthy choices with a collage project in which they cut out pictures from magazines depicting healthy...
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Healthy Living Skills Rubrics

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Do the kids in your class respect the needs and limits of their bodies? Use a rubric about healthy choices to assess learners' knowledge about their bodies, skills and habits, and attitudes and values. 
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Get Active!

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Getting young learners to do calisthenic-type exercises is not so fun, but connect it to a favorite card game and somehow the fun factor increases. Here, the calisthenic activities are connected to the game of UNO. Each color or type of...
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Health (General Wellness)

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore their personal health by completing a worksheet.  In this healthy living lesson, 7th graders examine the health triangle and research ways to prevent at risk behavior.  Students complete a health survey based on...
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Progressive Era: Public Pressure and Government Actions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read sections of the novel, "The Jungle". They identify the problems of the meat industry during the Progressive Era. They discuss food concerns of today and make connections between the two time periods.
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Protect the Skin You're in

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students explore the importance of sun safety in relationship to skin cancer prevention. They test the effectiveness of various sunscreens and administer and analyze a simple survey to their peers. In addition, they implement a public...
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Public Service Announcement on Teen Issues

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students develop a 1-2 minute long public service announcement that deals with teen issues seen from a teen perspective. Students, in pairs, gather information on adolescent health issues then design a 1-2 movie stating the problem, the...
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Benefits, drawbacks of alternative healing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students discuss alternative healing techniques, then chart the potential benefits and drawbacks of alternative health therapies. They design symbols representing alternative healing techniques.
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Advocacy, Recognition, Prevention Through Art and Health

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Pupils analyze how the environment and family history impacts personal health. In this personal health instructional activity, students discuss cancer and survey the school community about the disease. Pupils create a bulletin board...
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When Building Up Leads to Breaking Down

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine where one develops his or her views about health and ways in which teen-agers exhibit these influences, focusing particularly on the rising trend of anabolic steroid use in teen-age girls.
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Acid Stomach

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students develop an understanding of how aspirin works and how understanding it's interaction with other chemicals in the body aided doctors in medical research. They complete a lab that compares the reaction of regular aspirin and...
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The Histogram

For Students 9th - 11th
In this Algebra I/Algebra II activity, learners construct and analyze histograms to develop a visual impression of the distributions of data.  The two page activity contains five problems.  Answer key is provided. 
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Rabies-The Global Connection!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore common misconceptions about rabies. In this health science lesson plan, students discuss how this disease can be treated and prevented. They research and create an information pamphlet about rabies.
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Eliminating River Blindness

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Students investigate the disease known as river blindness. In this global studies lesson, students research river blindness at the Carter Center website. Students use their research findings to create informational posters regarding the...
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It Is the Little Things That Count

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders are introduced to the importance of warm-ups, stretching, hydration and cool-downs in exercise. They perform these activities and discuss any observations.
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Assessing Health Habits

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders discuss what are the characteristics of a personal with good health. They read an article about influences on health and discuss and perform a self assessment to gauge their personal health. They then go to the gym and...
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The Three Dimensions: Health, Wealth, and Wisdom

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine seven lifestyle factors. In this personal health lesson, students will examine healthy lifestyles and create a personal health, wealth, and wisdom calendar.
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Bigger Than Life, But Not Necessarily Better

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students evaluate images of health in American society, then students examine where one develops his or her views about health.
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Heart 2: Changing Lifestyles and Heart Health

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students examine and evaluate changes in diet and lifestyle from prehistoric to modern times and how these differences have spurred the development (and better treatment) of heart disease.
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Laughing is Good for You and Your Child: Reading Comprehension

For Students 6th - 8th
In this reading comprehension worksheet, middle schoolers read a passage pertaining to laughter and then respond to 5 true or false questions regarding the passage.
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Heart 1: Transplant

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners explain the workings and anatomy of the heart and to explore new medical techniques that help people live longer, healthier lives.
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Growth and Development

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Students read the folktale, "The Magical Stone", and discuss questions imbedded in the lesson.
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Pre-K Appetizer

For Teachers Pre-K
Students understand there are healthy and not healthy food choices. In this food pyramid lesson, students learn to make healthy choices by playing a traffic light game. Students recognize raw foods from the farm may not be ready for...
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Worry Critter

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate what worrying is, its causes, feeling, and how to deal with it.
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Nutrition and Exercise During Pregnacy

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students study healthy eating habits for life long health and parenthood.
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Weather, Migrations, and Plants

For Teachers K - 5th
Students research the effects of day-to-day weather on animal migrations, plant growth and other seasonal events. They consult maps, observe and record local conditions, keep journals and use their collected data check hypotheses.
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Alternative Medicine

For Students 6th
In this science experiment worksheet, 6th graders answer 5 multiple choice questions about the Hahnemann control experiment and complete 3 graphic organizer that relate to the experiment.
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Genetic Disease Symposium

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students research simple and complex inheritance patterns, fetal development and the potential complications of teratogens, fetal and genetic testing, and the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetic counseling.
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Advocacy Through Letter Writing

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners develop an advocacy plan to address a health-related need for a local, national or global health problem. Students write a detailed letter as part of their advocacy plan.
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Genes-R-Us: or, Real Genetics For Real Students

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students explore genetics and genetic counseling. They research information on human genetic disorders. Students simulate developing a complete counseling service to assist the community.
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Lesson 6: PowerPoint Presentation

For Teachers 4th - 9th
Students design a PowerPoint presentation that expresses the adverse effects of smoking. In this PowerPoint and smoking lesson, students examine a student PowerPoint exemplar before creating one of their own following the given...
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Be A Nutritional Entrepreneur

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students research and define nutrition. They choose a definition of nutrition or a nutritional theme around which they design a restaurant. This activity helps students answer the question "What is a nutritionally balanced meal?"
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Up in Smoke: Advertising and Smoking

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders review PowerPoint and how to use it. In this technology lesson, 5th graders view Gotcha! in order to understand advertising techniques. Students print out the Gotcha Advertising Strategies PowerPoint and answer the questions.
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Media Awareness: Helping a Product Cross the Finish Line

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students develop critical thinking skills to understand and create advertisements.  For this journalism lesson, students analyze the elements necessary for effective advertisements and work in cooperative groups to create and present...
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Teaching From the Kitchen!

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders examine healthy food choices. In this health lesson, 4th graders create a lunch that includes one serving from each food group and create a poster about a food group. Students participate in a variety of games in which...
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American Heart Month

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students make cards, watch videos, and make food all to promote a healthy heart. In this heart lesson plan, students also discuss active lifestyles they can lead.
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Parts of the Body

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students label a map of the body with the correct names of the body parts. In this body parts lesson plan, students have to have the correct spelling of each part.
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Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination in English Session One (2006)

For Teachers 9th - 11th
In this Regents High School Examination Comprehensive Examination in English worksheet, students listen to a speech and answer reading comprehension questions.  Students then compose an essay based on the information.
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Applying Reading Strategies to Aid Comprehension

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students practice their reading skills. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read articles about fast food topics using the wordstorming strategy described to prepare for reading the text.
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Peak Flow Meter Exercise

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students investigate the concept of lung capacity. They use flow meters to measure the maximum capacity of themselves and others. The data is collected in order to make some conclusions concerning the mean of individual lung capacity....
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Anne Frank: Movement - Isometric Exercises

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders review the main points in the novel, "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl". Using the text of their hiding, they explain the need for a healthy diet and movement for proper health. In groups, they practice different...
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Aboriginal Physical Education

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Young scholars engage in p.e. activities that have roots in native Indian, Metis, and Inuit cultures. They practice the skill involved and listen to the significance behind the skill. They read relevant books and define new terminology.
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Plants in Space

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students compare and contrast living in their houses to that of living in a space capsule. In groups, they develop a functional closed system space capsule for a team of astronauts. They use their prior knowledge in horticulture to...
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Standing Review - A Learning and Assessment Technique

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students review information covered in class through participation in action activities. The class begins standing as the teacher asks a question. Students may mingle to obtain assistance. Students sit when they are confident they...