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  • A Message From Your Heart (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about the importance of the heart and show what they know about positive health behaviors that enhance wellness by completing a KWL chart. This is the first lesson, first day in the Happy, Healthy Me unit.

  • A Taste of Blackberries (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: [A Taste of Blackberries] provides a wonderful shared reading experience for fourth graders. The main character in the story helps the reader understand ways to manage grief in the loss of a best friend and identify skills of a responsible family member.

  • All Aboard the Peace Train (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Through a literature-based lesson, students identify perserverance and problem-solving strategies. This could also be utilized as a behavior management technique.

  • An Atlas of Health Care (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Partner teams utilize programs such as Street Atlas USA and Student Writing Center software packages to research and publicize an alphabetical directory of maps that indicates the precise location of the community’s health care facilities.

  • Angels of Generosity (Authored by Amy Hayes.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson uses ANGEL CHILD, DRAGON CHILD by Surat to identify generous actions. Students will keep a generosity journal reflecting acts of kindness they performed each week.

  • Are You a Peacemaker or a Man-Eating Shark? (Authored by Teri Grunden.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work on the concept of "fairness" through a group activity, discussion, and written responses with conflicts/resolutions from a short story, and then produce a page on the computer (or on paper) for a class book.

  • Are you a Sexual Harasser? (Authored by Sandra Sicbaldi.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students gain insight into forms of sexual harassment, and learn techniques to avoid threatening situations, unwanted effects, dating violence, myths and school and state laws governing sexual harassment.

  • Are You Listening to Me? (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify differences between listening and not listening skills. Students learn how to use good listening skills when trying to solve a conflict. Students role-play using listening skills to resolve conflicts.

  • Are You Ready for Personal Independence? (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Through class discussion and self evaluation, students will discover what independence means to different individuals.

  • Bang, You're Dead! (Authored by Thomas Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: By participating in this indoor/outdoor activity, students work to understand the pattern of events to learn about ultimate understanding.

  • Behavior and the Adolescent (Authored by James Buchannon.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson is a class discussion to cause students to think about controlling anger in the classroom.

  • Bicycle Safety (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn how to operate and practice safe behavior on bicycles.

  • Blind Alley (Authored by Thomas Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work together to gather communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity in this indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Blooming with Self-Confidence (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Many children worry about not being able to do what other children can do. This lesson will help them understand and respect differences in readiness and abilities, as they read the book [Leo the Late Bloomer] and make flowers of their own.

  • Body Buddies (Authored by Jennifer Ryan.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is an interactive way to introduce body parts to first graders. After students are introduced to new vocabulary, they work in pairs to construct and label twenty body parts on a life-size outline of their bodies.

  • Body Systems, Part I (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work with the systems of the body through research.

  • Cancer Public Service Announcement (Authored by Christy Carpenter.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students explore the causes and treatments of cancer by developing a Public Service Announcement to share with others.

  • Captain’s Quest (Authored by Thomas Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students work together to gather communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity in this indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Catching a Balanced Diet (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the importance of balanced meals and select foods that make up a balanced meal by playing a fishing game.

  • Choice Not Chance (Authored by Rosa Banks.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Fact or fiction: Do the foods we choose affect our health? The student researches diets in a country other than the USA, and compares it to the Food Guide Pyramid analyzing the affect it has on an individual’s health.

  • Community Canned Food Drive (Part 1) (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: During the fall holiday months, the class actively assists the local community in the annual collection of canned food for needy families. Advertisements promoting the campaign are created with Student Writing Center.

  • Community Canned Food Drive (Part 2) (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: During the fall holiday months, the class actively assists the local community in the annual collection of canned food for needy families. Students become involved in a graph-keeping adventure as they encourage the school to collect many canned foods.

  • Cooking a Few of my Favorite Things (Authored by Joyce Sewell.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: In this activity, students learn about the nutritional value of foods, calculate the measurements, and prepare a healthy recipe for the class. Then students publish a class cookbook with their recipes.

  • Dealing with Bouts of Depression (Authored by Melissa Westerly.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The purpose of this lesson is to bring out causes and symptoms of depression. Depression causes a tremendous amount of hurt to ourselves and others. This lesson offers an opportunity for hope to those who suffer from this illness.

  • Does Your Fitness Compute? (Authored by Jill David et al.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Health, Physical Education (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students chart and analyze baseline data pertaining to improving and maintaining fitness levels.

  • Eating for Two (Authored by Michelle Groce.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students learn how to keep a food diary and prepare a Healthy Meals Chart in order to assist them in making healthy choices regarding the foods they eat while pregnant.

  • Eating More or Less? (Authored by Carson Ealy, Jr..)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students investigate by using the Internet to research the types of eating disorders and summarize their effects on the body by creating a PowerPoint presentation or poster presentation.

  • Exercise - The Right Stuff (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn regular exercise keeps the body strong and healthy. They make an exercise chain and practice the activities written on the links.

  • Exercise for Life (Authored by Jill David et al.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Physical Education (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students produce a video that demonstrates health risk factors and how the controllable health risk factors can be reduced through regular exercise.

  • Exploring Personal Responsibility (Authored by Christy Carpenter.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students examine themselves to evaluate their own levels of personal and social responsibility.

  • Factoring out Disease (Authored by Erin Cramer.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students identify health problems that occur during adulthood and list the related risk factors, as well as ways to delay the onset of or the prevention of the identified health problems.

  • Fair is Fair (Authored by Teri Grunden.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies, Theater (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn more about the concept of -fairness- by being involved in two unfair activities, role-playing three scenarios, and filling in a web about fairness.

  • Fast Food Junkie (Authored by Christy Carpenter.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students analyze the nutritional value of their favorite fast food meals and describe alternative choices for these unhealthy foods.

  • Feels Like Christmas, Exploring Touch (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The sense of touch helps us learn about our world by feeling it and learning the size, texture, and shape of things. In this activity, students will classify four different sandpaper shapes by using only their sense of touch.

  • Figuring Solutions (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Sometimes students express their resistance to learning academic concepts. This lesson avails students opportunities to discuss their attitudes and feelings so they discover possible ways to constructively respond to them.

  • Finding Nice Things to Say (Authored by Deborah Brannon.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students have the opportunity to praise all class members in a written form.

  • Food Pyramid (Authored by Pam Kennon.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students understand the food pyramid, nutrients provided by each food group,and determine whether they are healthy eaters.

  • Food Pyramid Picnic (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Teacher and students discuss the food pyramid and appropriate choices for each food group. Students then plan a nutritional meal for a picnic lunch and make a class book. As a culminating event, the class plans and enjoys a picnic.

  • Friendships Tied in Knots (Authored by Sherry Spencer.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This initiative emphasizes what participants perceive as characteristics of healthy friendships and how these characteristics can be utilized to solve the knots in the rope representing an unhappy friend relationship.

  • Get Hooked on Conflict Resolution Skills (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After being taught the Peaceworks curriculum for managing conflict, students will participate in a fishing game that encourages the appropriate response when asked questions on conflict resolution skills.

  • Get Hungry for Cooperation (Authored by Shelia Ray.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Physical Education (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students, through music, movement, and literature, are taught the meaning and value of cooperation.

  • Give Me Five! (Authored by Kathryn La Rosa.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Children hear a story about cooperation and identify different ways in which they can use their hands for helping.

  • Go-o-o Tooth! (Authored by Pamela Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify healthy and unhealthy choices which will help them take proper care of their teeth for a lifetime.

  • Good Grief! (Authored by Pam Lord.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: GOOD GRIEF! What better way to explain, demonstrate, and explore strategies related to a difficult topics? Through student role playing within family groups, the use of communicating strategies for managing grief will be explored.

  • Good Snack,Smart Snack (Authored by Carolyn Mannis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: After completing a unit of study on nutrition, students work as company managers to design and advertise healthy snacks to sell. A list of ingredients will be listed for each snack and an advertisement will be designed to promote their product.

  • Group Research and Reports on STDs (Authored by Jeanne Pitts.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students work together in groups to research and gather information on a specific Sexually Transmitted Disease. Working as a team, they write a report and present the information orally to the class.

  • Growing Old (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a simulation activity whereby students experience problems the elderly face daily in their lives, such as loss of sight, hearing, taste, smell, mobility/dexterity and touch.

  • Guest Performance (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 8 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students use pretend television performances to practice how the media influence thoughts and feelings about health behaviors and distinguishing fact from opinion.

  • Health Hounds (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This is the first health lesson for Day 2 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. A problem scenario is read to students. Students are asked to become health experts to solve the problem. Unit Sunshine State Standards and vocabulary are introduced.

  • Health Hunt (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Days 5-7 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students listen to speakers to learn about personal health behaviors that influence individual well-being.

  • Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil (Authored by Nancy Montague.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Through a video, group discussion, and role-playing, students learn about types of conflicts that occur in the school setting, identify how they escalate, and identify behaviors needed in resolving them.

  • Heart Throbs (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics, Physical Education (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students predict what might happen to their pulse rates after physical exertion and then make conclusions about the effects of physical activity on pulse rates.

  • Helping Hands (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify different ways in which they can use their hands for helping.

  • How Do I Measure Up? (Early Grades) (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students find out more about their bodies and what makes them different by tracing each their partners' bodies on butcher paper. They record their heights and weights, then compare them to the others in the class.

  • How Do Words Feel? - Individually (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students discover how spoken words feel by exploring these same words in textured print.

  • How Do Words Feel? - Small Group (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students place their hands in a cup and decide if the materials inside that cup would describe a word that is harsh or soft.

  • How To Stay Out of Hot Water (Authored by Beth Brewington.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What would the world be like today if a conflict that caused the Revolutionary War was resolved peacefully? Students will use their conflict resolution skills to role-play problems associated with the Boston Tea Party.

  • I Am the Lucky One (Authored by Judith Bachay.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students explore their birth orders and the stress created from them. Then they identify their birth orders by drawing pictures of themselves and listing their birth orders. They are introduced to the concept of survey and conduct a verbal survey.

  • I Like Me (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson celebrates the uniqueness of students and what they like about themselves. Students make collages and display them in the classroom

  • I Need a Job (Authored by Shelia Ray.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn that individual character traits play an important role in their daily lives and could impact their future employment status.

  • Identifying the Food Groups (Authored by Sendi Palmer.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After reviewing the school's lunch menu, the learner will be able to identify and label the five food groups correctly in a collage.

  • Investigating the Food Pyramid (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn that the food pyramid is an important nutritional tool. They classify foods and compare the number of servings per group that are necessary for maintaining good health by placing empty food containers in grocery bags.

  • Invisible Neighbors (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students understand how keeping the body clean is important for maintaining good health. They demonstrate the importance of washing hands and identify everyday good health and hygiene habits.

  • It Is Raining Cats & Dogs (Authored by Michele Rivera.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Does sterilization prior to adoption reduce the euthanasia rate? This interactive lesson focuses on a community problem by measuring the annual adoption rate of sterilized animals to determine if sterilization before adoption reduces the euthanasia rate.

  • It's Your Wellness (Authored by Richard Rooker.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: In this lesson the students will gain an understanding of factors that affect their wellness. The lesson will focus on the individual's responsibility to avoid personal risk behaviors that have a negative impact on wellness.

  • Jimmy Jett and His TV Set (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: What would happen if we don’t accept responsibility for our actions? Through the use of the fun poem, “Jimmy Jett and His TV Set,” students learn the importance of assuming responsibility for personal health.

  • Life Is Like a Roller-Coaster (Authored by Carmen Haskins.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This activity will increase awareness of how life can be like a roller-coaster especially concerning changes in a family. Students may share feelings orally, in writing, and in drawing. Students learn and/or practice I messages.

  • Listen and Learn (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 2 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students participate in a listening game and brainstorm ways to communicate health information and ideas.

  • Living Tobacco Free (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify physical effects of smoking and recognize that tobacco is made of harmful substances. Students find a way to share this information with others.

  • Looking at the Man in the Mirror (Authored by Virginia Spivey.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Prepare for a fun way to teach your students to reflect on their behavior by -Looking at the Man in the Mirror.-

  • Looks Like Christmas, Exploring Sight (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students will explore their sense of sight, learn about the eyes and how to keep them safe, and become familiar with how to help blind people become a part of their world.

  • Media Moves (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 7 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students examine various media to identify ways the media influence thoughts and feelings about health behaviors.

  • Media Violence - The Good, the Bad and the Future (Authored by Judith Bachay.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This lesson asks students to define, identify, measure and assess the level and impact of violence in media. The media forms that they will evaluate include music, sitcoms, news and other programs that may be identified by the students.

  • Meet the Five Food Groups (Authored by Martha Cordell.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is designed to invite first grade students to identify the five food groups and the foods within each group as shown on the food pyramid.

  • Mother, May I Communicate? (Authored by Paula Jones.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is an inexpensive, active way to teach positive communication of needs, wants, and feelings. Through the use of a “Mother, May I?” type game, students have the opportunity to identify problems and to demonstrate ways to react to given problems.

  • Mountain Tops (Authored by Thomas Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is an outdoor activity. Students work together to practice communication skills, leadership, trust, respect, and creativity. Students will be doing an excercise that requires them to help and trust each other in order to accomplish the task.

  • My Body (Authored by Carolyn Modawell.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the names and location of the human body parts. Working as a team to find pictures of different body parts, students put them in the correct position on a life size outline of a human body.

  • Name Fame (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn the uniqueness of their names by reading the book, [Chrysanthemum], and completing other integrated math counting and graphing activities.

  • Newsmakers (Authored by Candace Parker.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson gives students an opportunity to write about themselves and their families and enables them to share this information with others in a newsletter format. (Nets for Students: 3.2 and 4.2)

  • Nutrition with a Smile (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lesson is for Day 4 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students will listen to a literature selection and then play a game about personal health behaviors related to nutrition.

  • Nutritionist for Hire (Authored by Jill David et al.)

  • Subject(s): Applied Technology, Health, Language Arts, Physical Education (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students devise a healthy dietary plan.

  • Oops, I Did Not Say It Right (Authored by Brenda Lewis-Williams.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students will understand how the behavior of family members and peers affects interpersonal communication. The story “Chicken Little” will demonstrate and differentiate between truth or gossip.

  • Our Body Systems (Authored by Shelia Scofield.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students demonstrate learned knowledge that the human body is made up of different systems whose functions are related.

  • Pass the Manners, Please (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students become aware of correct classroom communication and manners by reading the book, [David Goes to School], and playing the Good Manners Pudding Game. This is the first lesson in the All About Me Unit.

  • Peace Begins with Me (Authored by Judith Bachay.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This lessons help students develop pro-social skills. Through the metaphors of a Dr. Seuss story, students identify bias, prejudice and discrimination. They brainstorm and practice skills that promote respect for diversity.

  • Peace Pie (Authored by Shelia Ray.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students review peacemaking strategies by identifying their capacity of creating and promoting peace within their classroom, home, community, and world. Fractions are introduced through the making of a -peace pie-.

  • Peer Power Partners (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Peer Power Partners empowers fourth graders with care and consideration for others as they tutor their first grade reading buddies.

  • Pencil Pals (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to identify and to use polite words through "I Care" Language vs. non-"I Care" Language.

  • Picture Fists Full of Kisses (Authored by Ann Espersen.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Dissolve fears and evaporate tears anticipated on the first school day. In this handy lesson, students will empathize with the main character in the book THE KISSING HAND and experience a pictograph while learning to tell left hand from right hand.

  • Politics: Who Is in Control? (Authored by Patricia McAdams.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students will read the article "Council Members Clash over Administrator's Job." They will be asked to think about how they would feel being placed in the same situation. All students will participate in role playing the news article.

  • Port Hole (Authored by Thomas Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Physical Education (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this outdoor activity, students work together to practice communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity. The students also display physical and mental strengths.

  • Preventing Childhood Diseases Project (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students become informed advocates in the prevention of childhood diseases during the Preventing Childhood Diseases Project.

  • Pyramid Power (Authored by Laurie Ayers.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: This health lesson plan is for Day 3 of the unit [Wellness Wonders]. Students brainstorm facets of well-being and investigate health behaviors related to nutrition.

  • Rate Your Plate (Authored by Kathy Crane.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This activity is a fun way to teach students to analyze what they eat for one day. The student analyzes the nutrients, calories, and food groups using the USDA CNPP website Interactive Healthy Eating Index.

  • Relaxation Station (Authored by Farrah Milby.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The Relaxation Station teaches students how to C.O.P.E. with stress and anxiety. Students learn helpful strategies to use in a classroom center.

  • Resolution or Revolution? (Authored by Anne Reeves.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students learn appropriate strategies to resolve conflicts and potentially dangerous and/or threatening situations by role playing situations

  • Responsibility (Authored by Sandi King.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: How can we teach students to be responsible? This lesson invites students to brainstorm, and then share ideas of how they can behave responsibly by respecting the rights of others. This is lesson one of seven in the unit, A Television in My Room.

  • Responsibility Rules! (Authored by Tiffany DuBose.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This activity is a valuable method in teaching students responsibility with home and school tasks. If students in your class need to demonstrate the ability to organize the classroom or a room at home, then this is the lesson for you!

  • Running Out Loud (Authored by Thomas Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Throughout this outdoor activity, students will work together to practice communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity. The student's ability to focus will determine the student's success.

  • Safe Actions (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to distinguish between threatening and nonthreatening situations and role-play what to do when confronted with them.

  • Safety First (Authored by Kenneth Shealy.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Through inexperience or lack of training, teens may overlook safety in the automotive shop and on the job. This lesson provides a better understanding of safety rules outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

  • Safety Scenes (Authored by Carolyn Modawell.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students look at teacher-developed or student-developed slides of safe and unsafe situations. They identify the possible dangers and what can be done to prevent them.

  • Safety Surveys (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students conduct Family Safety Surveys on a weekly basis for a month, hoping to encourage their families to actually practice safe family skills on a consistent basis.

  • Salad Factory (Authored by Kaye Maddox.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Salad Factory allows students the ability to make their own salad and have the salad computer analyze it for the nutritional content.

  • Shape It Up (Authored by Thomas Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students work together to gather communication skills; practice leadership, trust, and respect; and experience creativity in this indoor/outdoor activity.

  • Shuffle About (Authored by Thomas Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students must work together and practice communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity in order to complete this outdoor activity successfully.

  • Sleep Central (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn about rest and sleep and how their habits may be healthy or unhealthy. Students make conclusions about how much sleep their bodies require by organizing information on a graph.

  • Smells Like Christmas, Exploring the Nose (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of smell helps us to enjoy life and learn about unsafe conditions. Students will smell Christmas by making gingerbread ornaments.

  • Snacks 'R Us (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students identify foods that make nutritious snacks. They will analyze snack foods to determine their fat content by completing an experiment.

  • Sounds Like Christmas, Exploring Hearing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: In this lesson, students learn that the sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Also, students learn sound can produce patterns.

  • Stop, Drop, Goal (Authored by Prudence Mason.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Is tattling burning you up? Here’s a good lesson for teaching students to resolve conflicts quickly and independently in the classroom by connecting putting out fights to putting out fire.

  • Substance Use and Its Effect on Behavior (Authored by James Buchannon.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: This is a lesson to cause students to think about substance use and afford them an opportunity to use their resistence skills for avoiding potentially harmful situations.

  • Tastes Like Christmas, Exploring Taste (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Taste helps us, among other things, to select and enjoy food. In this lesson, students learn about taste buds and the four familiar tastes.

  • That’s Not What I Meant to Say (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students choose the “undesirable” word and replace it with its antonym.

  • The ABCs of Healthy Foods (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Science (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students make an alphabet book of nutritional foods using the information they learned about nutrition and the value of different foods. Students also taste the foods represented by the letters they wrote about in their alphabet books.

  • The Best Butter (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students learn the importance of cooperating by working in cooperative groups. The groups are divided to show the many possiblities of how students work together.

  • The Best Times of Our Lives (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Mathematics (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students combine their time skills with their understanding of the -I - Care- rules in a game format. They decide if the time card is a good time or a bad time and place the good times on a clock.

  • The Cost of Art (Authored by Thomas Lucey.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Social Studies (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: Students experience difficult situations where they need to choose values. This lesson provides students with a role-playing opportunity to discover alternative ways of approaching these situations.

  • The Fence (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The students become aware of the lasting effects that their words and actions have on people.

  • The Food Guide Pyramid (Authored by Christy Carpenter.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 9 - Grade 12)
    Description: This lesson introduces the Food Guide Pyramid and Daily Guidelines for Americans and allows students to evaluate their current nutritional habits and to create a plan for developing healthy habits to last their lifetime.

  • The Important Thing (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Student-made time capsules end the All About Me unit by showcasing important things about individuals in class.

  • The Inside Story of Muscles, Bones and Exercise (Authored by Cathy Burgess.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn the role of physical activity in helping muscles and bones grow strong and stay healthy.

  • The Multimedia Heart (Authored by Carol Rine.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Working in groups, students research the different aspects of the human heart. Groups work through steps to create a multimedia slide presentation. The presentation must follow preset criteria.

  • The Peace Table (Authored by Martha Cordell.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: The Peace Table engages first-grade students in a healthy way to talk about and handle feelings.

  • Those Convincing Commercials (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Those Convincing Commercials engages the class in creating a powerful commercial to advertise the cereal that they feel is most nutritious.

  • To Tell or Not to Tell (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: By filling out an application, students receive a license to tattle. When completing the application, the student will identify the problem, decide if he or she can solve it on his or her own, and write three nice things about the person that he or she wants to tattle on.

  • Train Talk (Authored by Pat Commander.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to retell specific information. They will listen and interpret train whistle signals and work cooperatively to play the game “I’m Going on a Train Trip."

  • Trash It (Authored by Christine Davis.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students learn to throw away their mean thoughts instead of saying them to the person with whom they are upset.

  • Unraveling the Puzzle of the Human Brain (Authored by Christy Clanton.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Unraveling the puzzle of the human brain carries the students on a journey to visit each of the lobes of the brain and the multiple intelligence housed there.

  • Walk That Line (Authored by Thomas Martin.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students work together to practice communication skills, leadership, trust, respect and creativity in this outdoor activity.

  • What Did You Say? (Authored by Linda Kitner.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: The students will become aware of the relationship between verbal and nonverbal communication through role play of specific situations. These situations include personal experience, excerpts from novels, and pictures from magazines.

  • What's My Nutrition Value? (Authored by Kaye Maddox.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 3 - Grade 5)
    Description: Students learn the nutritional value of food and how to read labels on food packages.

  • What's on Your Plate? (Authored by Wendy Wood.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students create mock dinner plates. On these plates, they include magazine cutouts of foods from each of the groups in the food guide pyramid.

  • What's Your Temperature? (Authored by Leslie Gortemoller.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: When students lose their temper, they have trouble calming down. This lesson offers two ways to teach them how to keep from getting “boiling mad.”

  • Who Is Who? (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This wonderful ice breaker, for the first day of class, will help students to look at themselves in relationship to others, and to get to know each other. Use this as an introduction to a unit on self-esteem and Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs.

  • Whodunit? (Authored by Kim Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Health, Language Arts, Social Studies (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: This lesson is a way to integrate conflict resolution using positive behavior. The student chooses a community member, shows how to resolve a conflict, and trades writing with a classmate.

  • Why the Grinch Stole Christmas (Authored by Shirley Godbold.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Everyone knows “How the Grinch stole Christmas,” but no one seems to know [why] the Grinch stole Christmas. This lesson is a look at what might have given the Grinch the feelings that he had to steal Christmas from Who-ville.

  • Winning Resolutions (Authored by Melanie Henderson.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: After being taught -I Care Rules- for handling conflicts, students will role play different situations and use the -I Care- rules to handle the conflicts.

  • You Are What You Eat (Middle School) (Authored by Michaél Dunnivant.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Kindergarten - Grade 2)
    Description: Students self-assess their personal snack habits and design a healthy snack to share with others.

  • You Are What You Eat (Primary Grades) (Authored by Debra Harris.)

  • Subject(s): Health (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Students research and prepare 20 cards regarding nutritional needs, obesity, and health issues. Students determine their ideal weights and how many calories should be consumed daily to obtain the ideal weight and/or maintain it.

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