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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What is Sexuality?

For Students 7th - 12th
Set the record straight with a series of health-related lessons that discuss human sexuality. Over the course of 11 group and individual activities, learners discover biological, emotional, and social facts about sexuality. 
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How Can I Make Good Decisions?

For Students 7th - 12th
Your entire life can change as a result of one decision—for better or for worse. Guide middle and high schoolers through the process of making decisions and weighing the consequences in the midst of peer pressure and other influences.
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Can I Keep Violence out of My Life?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Many teenagers in your class have not experienced violence in their lives, much less as a daily occurance. But some pupils are not so lucky. Bring hope to your class that violence is not an inevitable part of life, and that they can...
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What Reduces Sexual Risks?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Teens don't have the ability to see around all of the corners of their decisions, some of which can affect the rest of their lives. Help them understand the implications of risky sexual behavior, including sexually transmitted diseases...
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What Does Conflict Mean?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Is conflict always bad? Learners begin a unit on conflict resolution with an exercise that defines conflict, reviews common words associated with conflict, and encourages partners to brainstorm conflicts that may have positive results.
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Blood Circulation Simulation

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Act out the circulation of blood in the body with an innovative activity. Kids act as either body parts or blood, and carry necessary nutrients and waste throughout different stations to represent the way that oxygen circulates. 
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How Do Germs Spread (and Why Do They Make Us Sick)?

For Students 7th - 12th Standards
Much the chagrin of mothers around the world, germs are everywhere; it's unavoidable. Learn how these microscopic invaders have evolved different ways of spreading from one host to another with this short instructional video.
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Titration: Standardization of a Base and Analysis of Stomach Antacid Tablets

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Titration experiments don't have to give your high schoolers a stomachache. Study the ways to titrate an acide with a base in an engaging science experiment, which involves creating solutions and performing titrations. Pupils prepare a...
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Personal Wellness Inventory

For Students 9th - 12th
How healthy are you really? High schoolers assess the aspects of physical, mental, and social health in their lives before applying them to various templates and discerning the unhealthy habits that they can work on changing.
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Foundations of Wellness

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
You may be physically healthy, but what about mentally and emotionally? How is your social health? Kindergartners and first and second graders learn about the importance of maintaining their health in all aspects of their lives with a...
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What Parents Need to Know About Marijuana Use and Teens

For Parents 7th - 12th
The teenage years find adolescents yearning for independence—and often isolating their parents from their everyday lives. Educate parents on the warning signs of marijuana use, including its effects on the brain and the likelihood of...
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What You Need to Know about Marijuana Use and Pregnancy

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Some people believe that using marijuana during pregnancy is safer than smoking tobacco, but studies show several negative impacts on babies whose mothers used marijuana while they were pregnant. Use a fact sheet to educate learners...
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My Life. My Plan.

For Students 7th - 12th
A colorful packet gets teens thinking about their life plan. Do they want to go to college? Do they want to be in a relationship? Do they want to be sexually active? The packet provides tips on how to develop healthy relationships, make...
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Happy Feet=Healthy Body

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders discuss the benefits of regular exercise.  In this physical health studies lesson, 4th graders create visual demonstrations to track their progress with physical fitness related goals.  Students discuss various types of...
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I Can Touch the Stars

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students examine the concept of human capital. In this human capital activity, students research how Dr. Sally Ride and Senator John Glenn invested their human capital. They determine how these two increased their human capital through...
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Introduction To Wellness

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the affects of various risk factors and cumulative risk factors vs. a life of wellness in this technology-based lesson plan for the High School Health class. The lesson plan requires the use of the Inspiration...
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Healthy Living Lesson Project

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Individuals each select a healthy habit to explain and demonstrate with the rest of the class. They are assigned a partner to evaluate and videotape them, but they will create their own class presentation. The document includes a peer...
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Individual and Environmental Factors Affecting Food Systems and Choices

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students study the environmental factors that affect food systems and choices. In this food systems and health lesson, students study global and national information about obesity. Students study photos and captions about the topic....
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Family Mouse Behind the Wheel

For Teachers 1st - 2nd
Pupils examine how their transportation choices affect the natural environment and their physical health as well as the power of community involvement and the dangers of over development.
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Group Games

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars play several games as group to practice respect and social behaviors. In this group games lesson, students play spider web, foam ball passover, and silent ball. Young scholars demonstrate cooperation and enthusiasm while...
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The Wellness Triangle

For Students 6th - 9th
Health is not simply the absence of disease or a one-dimensional notion, but is really a combination of physical, emotional, and social components. Discover the wellness triangle, which not only includes signs of health and ways to...
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Bring Sports Inside the Classroom

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Research sports to foster an interest in afterschool engagement, and see your students grow more creative and focused.
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Ready, Set, Respond!

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
When faced with a difficult situation, do you respond selfishly, face it head on, or ignore the problem? This game encourages learners to evaluate the wide range of reactions we can have to problematic situations, and how our responses...
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The Circulatory System--Part VI

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students outline a body on butcher paper. Students fill in the circulatory system using materials of various textures. Students decorate all the parts of the circulatory system with art articles, like buttons, yarn, etc.