Good Stress for Your Body

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Stress the importance of the different types of pressure our mind and body experience in a lesson plan about how certain types of stress are actually necessary and good for our bodies. As astronauts and people with injuries can attest, not using muscles for even a short period of time can cause them to shrink and can also weaken bones. Give your class a simple conditioning activity to do every other day over two weeks; as they track their data, they should see that regular use of muscles, even in small amounts, builds stamina and strength. Tip: The extension activity should be completed as part of the lesson plan; it incorporates graphing, which reaches both Common Core math standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Long-term experiment shows the value of a small physical stress over time
  • Data tables are provided, saving valuable class time
  • Using the graphing extension activity involves math skills and allows learners to visually represent their data
Cons

  • Investigation takes two weeks to complete (although only about five minutes of time on most days)
NGSS