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This lesson applies what students are learning about body systems to their lives and what they can do to stay healthy. It is part of a unit about the Human body in Science and directly applies to Health as well. This is a project-based learning opportunity that will occur during the duration of the unit and help students develop the awareness that their decisions now and in the future can greatly affect their health in both positive and negative ways.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


body health science



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LA.5-8.B.8.1.b: English Language Arts

Write a persuasive piece (such as a letter to a specific person or a script promoting a particular product) that includes a clear position, a discernible tone, and a coherent argument with reliable evidence

LA.5-8.B.8.1.d: English Language Arts

Write clear and pertinent responses to verbal or visual material that communicate, explain, and interpret the reading or viewing experience to a specific audience

LA.5-8.B.8.1.f: English Language Arts

Write in a variety of situations (during an exam, in a computer lab) and adapt strategies, such as revision, technology, and the use of reference materials, to the situation

LA.5-8.B.8.1.g: English Language Arts

Use a variety of writing technologies including pen and paper as well as computers

LA.5-8.B.8.1.h: English Language Arts

Write for a variety of readers, including peers, teachers, and other adults, adapting content, style, and structure to audience and situation

LA.5-8.C.8.3.a: English Language Arts

Participate in discussion by listening attentively, demonstrating respect for the opinions of others, and responding responsibly and courteously to the remarks of others

LA.5-8.C.8.3.b: English Language Arts

Explain and advance opinions by citing evidence and referring to sources

LA.5-8.C.8.3.c: English Language Arts

Evaluate the stated ideas and opinions of others, seeking clarification through questions

LA.5-8.C.8.3.d: English Language Arts

Invite ideas and opinions of others into the discussion, responding clearly and tactfully to questions and comments

LA.5-8.C.8.3.e: English Language Arts

Accept and use helpful criticism

LA.5-8.C.8.3.f: English Language Arts

Establish and maintain an open mind when listening to others' ideas and opinions

LA.5-8.C.8.3.h: English Language Arts

Display and maintain facial expressions, body language, and other response cues that indicate respect for the speaker and attention to the discussion

LA.5-8.C.8.3.j: English Language Arts

Participate in discussion without dominating

LA.5-8.C.8.3.k: English Language Arts

Distinguish between supported and unsupported statements

LA.5-8.E.8.1.a: English Language Arts

Demonstrate efficient word-processing skills

LA.5-8.E.8.1.b: English Language Arts

Construct and use simple databases

LA.5-8.E.8.1.c: English Language Arts

Use manuals and on-screen help in connection with computer applications

LA.5-8.E.8.1.d: English Language Arts

Perform basic computer operations on various platforms

LA.5-8.E.8.1.e: English Language Arts

Collect information from various on-line sources, such as web pages, news groups, and listservs

LA.5-8.E.8.2.a: English Language Arts

Recognize common structural features found in print and broadcast advertising

LA.5-8.E.8.2.b: English Language Arts

Identify and explain the use of stereotypes and biases evident in various media

LA.5-8.E.8.2.c: English Language Arts

Compare the effect of particular symbols and images seen in various media

LA.5-8.E.8.2.d: English Language Arts

Develop criteria for selecting or avoiding specific broadcast programs and periodicals

LA.5-8.E.8.3.a: English Language Arts

Write informational articles that target audiences of a variety of publications

LA.5-8.E.8.3.b: English Language Arts

Use desktop publishing to produce products such as brochures and newsletters designed for particular organizations and audiences

LA.5-8.E.8.3.c: English Language Arts

Create video and audiotapes designed for particular audiences

LA.5-8.E.8.4.a: English Language Arts

Plan a promotion or campaign that involves broadcast and print media production and distribution

LA.5-8.E.8.4.b: English Language Arts

Analyze how messages may be affected by financial factors such as sponsorship

LA.5-8.E.8.4.c: English Language Arts

Identify advertising strategies and techniques aimed at teenagers

LA.5-8.E.8.5.a: English Language Arts

Revise media productions by adding, deleting, and adjusting the sequence and arrangement of information, images, or other content as necessary to improve focus, clarity, or effect

LA.5-8.E.8.5.b: English Language Arts

Develop criteria for comprehensive feedback on the quality of media work and use it during production

LA.5-8.F.8.1.a: English Language Arts

Formulate research questions and focus investigation on relevant and accessible sources of information

LA.5-8.F.8.1.b: English Language Arts

Use multiple sources to identify and locate information pertinent to research including encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, library catalogs, indexes to periodicals, and various electronic search engines

LA.5-8.F.8.1.c: English Language Arts

Conduct interviews, field studies, and experiments and use specialized resources (such as almanacs, fact books, pamphlets, and technical manuals) when appropriate to an investigation

LA.5-8.F.8.1.d: English Language Arts

Compile, organize, and evaluate information, taking notes that record and summarize what has been learned and extending the investigation to other sources

LA.5-8.F.8.1.e: English Language Arts

Review and evaluate the usefulness of information gathered in an investigation

LA.5-8.F.8.1.f: English Language Arts

Produce an organized written and oral report that presents and reflects on findings, draws sound conclusions, adheres to the conventions for preparing a manuscript, and gives proper credit to sources

SCI.5-8.F.8.1: Science

Understand the structure and function of cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, and whole organisms

SCI.5-8.F.8.2: Science

Show how organisms have adapted structures to match their functions, providing means of encouraging individual and group survival within specific environments

SCI.5-8.F.8.3: Science

Differentiate between single-celled and multiple-celled organisms (humans) through investigation, comparing the cell functions of specialized cells for each type of organism

SCI.5-8.F.8.6: Science

Understand that an organism is regulated both internally and externally

SCI.5-8.F.8.7: Science

Understand that an organism's behavior evolves through adaptation to its environment

SCI.5-8.H.8.1: Science

Evaluate the scientific evidence used in various media (for example, television, radio, Internet, popular press, and scientific journals) to address a social issue, using criteria of accuracy, logic, bias, relevance of data, and credibility of sources

SCI.5-8.H.8.2: Science

Present a scientific solution to a problem involving the earth and space, life and environmental, or physical sciences and participate in a consensus-building discussion to arrive at a group decision

SCI.5-8.H.8.3: Science

Understand the consequences of decisions affecting personal health and safety
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-10-29.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This resource is a powerful tool for teaching students about the voting process while learning more about their own political ideology. The lesson centers on students going to a local polling place on election day and conducting a video interview. The resource includes detailed instructions that begin with students taking online surveys to explore their own views, generating interview questions, conducting the interview, and then uploading the video interview to a share site. It should be noted that not all of the links in the lesson plan work, but teachers should be able to find similar surveys on the Internet. In addition, the author of the lesson recommends coordinating with teachers in other states or locations which allows students to make comparisons about political views across different regions.

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