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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Let’s Go Outside

For Teachers K - 6th
Nature is good for the soul. The final lesson plan in the fine-part Family Nature Program series discusses the benefits of having an active connection with nature. Learners complete an imagery activity that relates nature to a calming...
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Nutrition -- A Lesson for Life - Biology Teaching Thesis

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars briefly explain the importance of nutrition in their everyday lives, and they tell you about how many calories they should consume in a day. They list readily available and affordable healthy foods that they LIKE to eat....
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Photo Cartoons: How To Give A Compliment

For Students 1st - 4th
Help learners develop the ability to offer appropriate, meaningful compliments to others—an essential social skill. Here you'll find a quick photo cartoon illustrating a right and wrong way to give a compliment, as well as a brief...
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“Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: HIV/AIDS”

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
These activities and instructional handouts will help your learners to understand not only the causes, transmission, and prevention of HIV/AIDS, but also gain a deeper understanding of the chain of infection when diseases are spread.
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The Food Guide Pyramid

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students examine each level of the food pyramid and how many servings they should consume during the day. They study the important nutrients associated with each category of the food pyramid.
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Benefits, drawbacks of alternative healing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners discuss alternative healing techniques, then chart the potential benefits and drawbacks of alternative health therapies. They design symbols representing alternative healing techniques.
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Making Logic Out of Madness

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders organize and interpret data from a student health program.  In this physical education lesson, 10th graders use a body composition analyzer over 8 weeks to determine the validity of a student health program.  Data obtained...
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Advocacy, Recognition, Prevention Through Art and Health

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Pupils analyze how the environment and family history impacts personal health. For this personal health lesson, students discuss cancer and survey the school community about the disease. Pupils create a bulletin board about cancer and...
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Teaching Fundamental Movement

For Teachers K - 6th
Students perform fundamental movement activities for flexibility and motor skills. In this movement lesson plan, students perform physical activity for all grade levels.
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When Building Up Leads to Breaking Down

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students examine where one develops his or her views about health and ways in which teen-agers exhibit these influences, focusing particularly on the rising trend of anabolic steroid use in teen-age girls.
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Health (General Wellness)

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore their personal health by completing a worksheet.  In this healthy living lesson plan, 7th graders examine the health triangle and research ways to prevent at risk behavior.  Students complete a health survey based...
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Progressive Era: Public Pressure and Government Actions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students read sections of the novel, "The Jungle". They identify the problems of the meat industry during the Progressive Era. They discuss food concerns of today and make connections between the two time periods.
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Acid Stomach

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners develop an understanding of how aspirin works and how understanding it's interaction with other chemicals in the body aided doctors in medical research. They complete a lab that compares the reaction of regular aspirin and...
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Analyzing Graphs

For Students 9th - 12th
In this statistics and probability worksheet, students analyze frequency distribution tables or histograms and box and whisker plots.  The two page worksheet contains four multiple choice questions.  Answers are included. 
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Math Regents Exam Questions - Pearson Integrated Algebra P.304: Histograms

For Students 6th - 8th
In this histograms worksheet, students solve 9 short answer, multiple choice, and graphing problems. Students construct frequency tables and histograms of data.
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The Histogram

For Students 9th - 11th
In this Algebra I/Algebra II worksheet, students construct and analyze histograms to develop a visual impression of the distributions of data.  The two page worksheet contains five problems.  Answer key is provided. 
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Protect the Skin You're in

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students explore the importance of sun safety in relationship to skin cancer prevention. They test the effectiveness of various sunscreens and administer and analyze a simple survey to their peers. In addition, they implement a public...
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Media Awareness: the Basics of Advertising

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore marketing techniques. In this media awareness lesson, students watch instructor-selected advertising and identify the marketing techniques used in each of them. Students then create advertisements for products.
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Rabies-The Global Connection!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore common misconceptions about rabies. In this health science lesson, students discuss how this disease can be treated and prevented. They research and create an information pamphlet about rabies.
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Assessing Health Habits

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders discuss what are the characteristics of a personal with good health. They read an article about influences on health and discuss and perform a self assessment to gauge their personal health. They then go to the gym and...
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The Three Dimensions: Health, Wealth, and Wisdom

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine seven lifestyle factors. In this personal health instructional activity, students will examine healthy lifestyles and create a personal health, wealth, and wisdom calendar.
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Bigger Than Life, But Not Necessarily Better

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Pupils evaluate images of health in American society, then students examine where one develops his or her views about health.
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The Lost Children of Rockdale County

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the motivations and consequences of seeking attention, including sexual attention from peers, by interpreting segments of "The Lost Children of Rockdale County" video. They conduct further research on the Internet and...
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Heart 2: Changing Lifestyles and Heart Health

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Students examine and evaluate changes in diet and lifestyle from prehistoric to modern times and how these differences have spurred the development (and better treatment) of heart disease.