Health Teacher Resources

Healthy bodies and minds make healthy learners! Find a wealth of health-related lesson plans and activities on nutrition, wellness, growth and development, injury prevention, and first aid In Lesson Planet’s collection of reviewed and rated resources.

A good place to start is with a presentation about the primary components of each of the three major areas (physical, social, and mental health) of the health triangle. Introduce early learners to the health triangle and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle with the collaborative activities found in this unit. The activities in another unit plan help middle schoolers develop a broader understanding of the areas of the health triangle.

Good nutrition is a key part of physical health. Get kids thinking about their food choices with a video that compares the nutrients found in fast foods to those in fruits and vegetables. Another video, sure to snare the interest of viewers, suggests world hunger problems could be solved by reviving or expanding the practice of eating bugs, an amazing source of vital nutrients!

Healthy relationships are a key part of social and mental health. A lesson for middle and high schoolers helps them develop the personal and interpersonal skills they need to develop and maintain healthy relationships. Another resource includes a series of lessons that discuss biological, emotional, and social facts about human sexuality.

Regular physical activity is one of the most important ways to maintain and improve physical health, mental health, and well-being. Get your students up and moving with a packet of activities designed to promote active habits and a healthy way of life.

Whether looking for resources for a health unit or materials to enrich a complete course, you’ll find what you need at Lesson Planet.

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Human Clinical Studies

For Teachers 6th - 12th
A simple, yet poignant lesson plan gets teens reading ads for clinical trials and discussing the requirements for participation. At home, they peruse the newspaper to find current examples of similar advertisements. The purpose of this...
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A "Moment" of Unprotected Sex Leads to HPV

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In a health class, participants read a story about a young woman who contacted HPV. The story is not included in the lesson plan, but is easily located on the Internet. The teacher then describes different scenarios for individuals to...
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Things You Need to Know About Your Congestive Heart Failure

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Signs of congestive heart failure and how to eat less sodium are taught through this PowerPoint. Although created to help patients manage their disease, it can also be used in the educational setting. Pre-med students or even high-school...
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Healthy Eating: Vitamins

For Teachers 4th - 7th
The first five slides contain photographs of foods containing each of the major vitamins: A, B, C, D, and E. Then there is a slide explaining each of the three macro nutrients. The final slide is a low-quality graphic of the food...
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Physical Activity, Environment and Policy

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
In the year 2000, inactivity cost the US approximately $76.6 billion. Physical inactivity is increasing and so are the costs associated with it. Take a look at these statistics and facilitate some discussion in your health class.
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Epidemiology of Physical Activity and Inactivity

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
This PowerPoint is merely a compilation of statistics regarding physical activity and physical inactivity. The information could be used to facilitate discussion in a health class around correlations between activity, inactivity, heart...
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A Safe Food Supply? Is Your Food Safe to Eat?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Viewers of this slide show learn that pesticides used on food crops can be harmful, but that there are certain allowable levels that should not be hazardous. They find out the rigorous process of inspection that meat must go through...
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The Respiratory System - How it Works?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Diagrams and video footage of people help show the structures and functions of the respiratory system. Exercise is highlighted, making this an accessible video for a health class.
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Food Labels & Portion Size

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Do you know the serving size of that muffin you are eating? Oddly, many packaged items have unrealistic portion sizes, like 3/4 of a spear of a pickle. When you therefore look at the nutrition label on that jar of pickles, the calorie...
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Science of Obesity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Show your health class the issues someone with morbid obesity faces. Follow Francis Serrano, who at 500 pounds undergoes gastric bypass surgery in order to lose weight. Use this to show a personal story of someone who chooses this option.
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Health Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Two options for a health class project are presented in this assignment: a persuasive paper or an advocacy project. The persuasive paper is on students' choice of controversial topics, most of which require a high level of maturity. The...
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Wellness

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students make generalizations about health. In this health lesson students discuss how healthy interpersonal relationships enhance wellness overall. They focus on mental, social, and physical health.
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Social Studies: Dating Behaviors

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Upper graders discuss the importance of responsible dating. In addition to a discussion period, the lesson includes Powerpoint presentations, poster designs, and related role-playing activities. In one scenario, students act as parents...
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Health Triangle Self Assessment

For Students 7th - 12th
Measure health as a triangle, with each side representing different aspects of health: physical, emotional/mental, and social. High schoolers complete a self-assessment of their health in all three areas before scoring their progress and...
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I Spy

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders examine the mental, physical, and social dimensions of their health. They discuss and list examples of each component of health on a worksheet, and list ways that they give attention to each aspect of their health on a...
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Good Food, Good Health

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students investigate how food provides energy for the human body. In this physical health lesson, students access online resources to identify how certain foods can affect their health. Students discuss how many servings of each food...
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Smile!

For Teachers Pre-K
Students explore physical health by researching good dental habits. For this tooth care lesson, students identify foods that promote good oral hygiene and discuss ways to improve their brushing habits. Students create paintings of...
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Problem Solving and Decision Making

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Help your teenagers learn to plan ahead before making a decision. With hypothetical examples and an online format, this could be a good addition to a language arts, teen issues, or health class. The format itself is not very...
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A Healthy You

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
Go beyond counting calories with a healthy eating unit that focuses on reading nutritional labels, making healthy choices, and incorporating fitness into daily life. After four lessons about the different ways kids can improve their...
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Stress: Grades 9-12

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Everyone feels stress from time to time, but how can you move past it? A seven-page packet of activities guides high schoolers through the process of recognizing and managing their stress. The resource includes discussion topics, a quick...
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The Miracle of Life

For Students 5th - 8th
With this animated, storybook-style application, journey through the phenomenal processes of fertilization, gestation, and human development. 
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Extension Activity Building a Healthy Classroom Community

For Teachers 2nd - 6th Standards
Workout buddies aren't just for adults! Learners discuss the benefits of 60 minutes of physical activity each day and generate ideas for how they can accomplish this by working toward a goal with friends.
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Studying STI/HIV

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders describe symptoms, effects, treatments, and prevention for chlamydia, HPV, herpes, gonorrhea, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV. They begin by answering provided background questions and get one's feelings about what they think...
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How do I look to you?

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Present propaganda to your class with a set of posters and pamphlets. Learners create their own advertisements and discuss how they might add propaganda into their work. Next, small groups analyze posters about child nutrition and fill...