Beacon Lesson Plan Library

   Lesson Plans - Learner Level 2: Health


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.-

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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