Students will discuss strategies for toning muscles and controlling weight, recognize claims for weight-loss and exercise devices that are too good to be true, and apply the media literacy skill of recognizing propaganda (loaded language) to a print ad for an abdominal toning device.
Students will describe the challenge during adolescence to gain peer acceptance while developing one's sense of self, recognize the influence that peers and the media have on personal choices during the teen years, and identify physical and emotional changes that occur during adolescence and describe their impact on relationships within the family.
This is a supplemental story to be used in conjunction with the Stress and Communication lesson plan. The story is about how a young girl reaches out to her mother for help.
Students will identify factors that can trigger asthma attacks, describe medical treatments for this disease, as well as measures the asthmatic can personally take to reduce the number and severity of attacks, explain how good patient skills and personal responsibility can improve the life of an asthmatic, and apply the reading skill of cause and effect to an article on asthma prevention.
This is a supplemental article to be used with the Asthma lesson plan. The article discusses triggers of asthma, medications, and how to take steps to stop asthma attacks before they start.
This is a supplemental article to be used with the Teamwork lesson plan. The article discusses teamwork, cooperation, and sportsmanship and how building those skills can help lead to positive self esteem.
Students will explain types of infection that can occur when the body's skin is pierced with an unclean needle, identify low-risk, healthful ways of expressing their self-identity as modern teens, and apply the reading skills of using an outline to understand exposition in an article on body piercing and tattooing.
This is a supplemental article that can be used with the Prescription and OTC Drugs lesson. The article is informative and discusses what drugs are prescriptions and OTC and how they are monitored and managed by the government.
Students will explain how the health of the environment is fragile and depends on the contribution of every individual, describe the importance of acting as positive role models for others, and especially those younger than them, as a developmental task leading to adulthood., and identify ways students can become health advocates for the good of the environment.
This is a supplemental article that should be used with the Earthkeeper lesson plan. The article discusses the story behind Chico Mendes and his fight to save the Amazon rainforest.
Students will describe the impact of emotions on a person's mental and physical health, recognize that feelings and emotions are neither good nor bad, and that how we deal with them has a direct impact on our health, and explain how learning to set realistic goals is an important developmental task on the road to maturity.
Students will describe physical, mental, and social health benefits of regular exercise, identify ways in which they can make physical activity a regular part of their life, and apply the media literacy skill of recognizing a message's point of view to an article advocating the benefits of exercise for teens.
This is a supplemental article that discusses the importance of adequate sleep for good health. This article can be used in conjunction with the Sleep lesson plan.
Students will discuss measures of skills-related fitness and identify physical activities and sports that make use of them, identify rules of effective communication and explain the importance of using them in social situations, and apply the reading skill of using word parts to infer meaning to a story about developing sports skills.
Students will describe effective coping strategies for dealing with personal loss, explain how a strong system of values can help you cope with problems that occur during the teen years and later in life, and identify resources within the school and community that teens can turn to when they need help with a problem.
Students will discuss the health and monetary impacts of the HIV/AIDS pandemic on individuals and society, explore ways in which health education can help reduce the number of cases of HIV and AIDS infection, and apply the reading skill of separating fact from opinion to an op-ed essay on the HIV/AIDS crisis.
This is a supplemental story that should be used in conjunction with the Fitness Knowledge lesson plan. The story discusses how a young man tries many solutions to his problems before finally finding the right fit to correct the problem.
This is a supplemental article that gives food label comparisons. This supplement is to be used with the Nutrition Facts Panel lesson.
This is a supplemental article to be used with the HIV and AIDS lesson. The article discusses how HIV is contracted, and ways to teach teens to protect themselves from the disease.
Students will identify the cause and symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), explain how the immune system works and its relationship to autoimmune diseases such as MS, and apply the reading skill of context clues to understanding an article about a medical advance in combating a dreaded disease.
Students will explain how to read and interpret the data on a Nutrition Facts panel, identify amounts and types of specific nutrients needed by teens expressed as both absolute values and percentages, and iIllustrate ways in which nutrient information found on product packaging can help them as consumers to make more informed food choices.
Students will explain the process by which medications are approved for use in the United States, tell why some drugs are classified as prescription rather than OTC drugs, and under what circumstances these labelings are changed, define side effects, and discuss medications with specific risk factors, and apply the reading skill of understanding the steps in a process to frequently asked questions about how medicines are approved for use.
Students will recognize the importance of personal hygiene and grooming, demonstrate health advocacy skills in an original advertisement, and apply the media literacy skill of recognizing unreliable testimony to an ad for a hair care product.
Students will explain the risks of using marijuana or any other illegal substance for recreational purposes, describe factors that lead some teens to experiment with drugs and other harmful substances, and apply the reading skill of identifying an author's purpose to a research report detailing a strategy for reducing teen marijuana use.
This is a supplemental article to be used with the Multiple Sclerosis lesson plan. The article discusses research on the advances for helping treat MS.
Students will identify factors that prompt teens to take unnecessary risks, recognize the high costs of health care in this country and discuss ways of reducing that burden, and apply the reading skill of drawing conclusions to an article on risk taking in order to understand its message for teens in particular.
Students will describe problems in all areas of health that can arise when teens get insufficient sleep, identify strategies for getting adequate rest during the teen years, and apply the reading skill of recognizing supporting details to an article on teens' need for adequate rest.
Students will evaluate the nutrient density of soft drinks as compared with milk, identify specific micronutrients that are essential for good health during the teen years and in the future, and explain the role of nutrients in the body and in staving off disease.
Students will explain the importance of learning and practicing effective communication skills, describe some typical sources of stress in the lives of teenagers, and identify resources within the school and community that teens can turn to when they need help with a problem.
This is a supplemental article that can be used with the Soda Consumption lesson plan. The article discusses the differences between soda, milk, and water.
Students will describe strategies for avoiding problems that occur during extreme weather, explain how careful planning can help a person survive in situations involving nature, and recognize that accidents, especially among teens, can happen when risks are taken.
This is a supplemental article that should be used in conjunction with the Rescue Costs lesson plan. The article discusses how risk-taking and injuries affects the economy and the costs of care.
Students will explain the importance of cooperation, responsibility, and a sense of fair play in competitive activities, identify physical, mental, and social health benefits of team sports, and apply the reading skill of locating the main idea to an article on winning in sports.
Students will give examples of how the media glamorize violence and desensitize viewers to the horrors of real acts of violence, identify factors in addition to the media that contribute to the problem of violence in society, and apply the reading skill of understanding persuasive writing to an article linking acts of real violence-to-violence in the media.