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.
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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.
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.