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These multi-disciplinary lessons are designed to help you support core curriculum with content developed by the PBS Children's Hospital program and Web site.
The lessons are age-appropriate for grades 9-12, and address a variety of core subjects, including language arts, health, technology, and math.
Each lesson plan corresponds to issues, stories and topics raised during a specific episode of the Children's Hospital series. A choice of lessons plans for each episode allows you to tailor assignments to fill a single class, several weeks, or a full term.
Episode #6: Childhood
Announcements, Please
The goal of this lesson is to motivate students to design educational messages that will focus school wide and public attention on important health issues. An informational documentary style will be used to create an entertaining three to five minute Public Service Announcement that will promote and improve the lifestyles and health conditions of all school–age students and potentially reach into the community to raise awareness.
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Looking Through Other Eyes
Use this lesson to educate your students about tolerance. Weave compassion for others into your classroom as your students write from different points of view and author poetry. Invite students to explore the relationship between individuals and encourage demonstration of empathy for those that are different by using the Children's Hospital "Childhood" episode as a springboard for writing activities.
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Ryan White Inspires
We often see children living with restrictions on what they can do because of their heath conditions. This lesson encourages students to put a face on diseases such as AIDS, and convinces students to see individuals and not diseases. The lesson seeks to persuade students to take a look at the Ryan White Act; and to consider why it was needed, what it says, and to determine its worth to our communities and schools.
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Episode #5: Counting the Cost
What's Our Department Budget?
Health care services cost more than ever! Pressures on the hospital departments have made it essential for them to find ways to control cost. As a result, hospital departments work to develop and justify the budget, use appropriate technology, and minimize the cost of the staff and supplies. It is imperative for the department to have a well–defined and realistic budget that sets goals, compares expected revenues to expenses, and seeks to improve operations and services to the patients they serve. Students will use their math and language arts skills in this lesson to create a hospital department budget.
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School Health Day
Students will write a proposal with an appropriate budget to establish a health day at school. Students will design this day to educate and promote good health. Students should plan this event to become a celebration of those striving toward and achieving good health. The health day will provide an opportunity to educate students about health care, inform students of health concerns, and encourage students to pursue a healthy lifestyle.
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Do I Need Insurance?
This lesson will motivate students to become aware of insurance, to learn about the different types, costs, and coverage. Students will participate in this lesson and compare their family's health care to their income, compare the cost of health insurance to their expected future income, and make a choice about what type of health insurance they would choose based on the gathered information.
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Episode 4: Social Ills
Coping with Loss
The medical profession is one where people exert much effort, time, and technology into saving lives. Many of the tales from within a hospital are full of courage and success; however, stories from the medical field do not always have a happy ending. People unfortunately get sick and sometimes they die. Feelings of loss, helplessness, and guilt often create problems for the living. How does one cope with these feelings and maintain a healthy and balanced life?
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Gun Safety
Use this lesson in conjunction with the Children's Hospital series to impress upon students the importance of gun safety and gun control. This project begins with gathering data about guns, examining the resulting treatment and death from bad decisions and guns, and is completed with students authoring an original newspaper with information on "Gun Safety."
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Read That Label!
This lesson teaches students to be health conscious consumers and use product labels as a tool to improve their buying patterns and get the best buys for their dollar.This lesson is a simulation. Students will prepare and design a label for a new recipe that they want to market and get it approved by the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.
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Episode 3: Pioneers
Visiting the Medical Fields
This lesson will help you use the show, Children's Hospital to entice students into various medical fields, educate students about the various medical fields, and promote an awareness and appreciation of those people that work daily in the different medical fields. Utilize the PBS Children's Hospital tapes to take a virtual field trip through the medical field. Students will use the newly acquired knowledge to act as a medical pioneer to establish a new clinic in the neighborhood.
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Medical Pioneers
Without medical pioneers, there would be no medical advances, no technology evolution, no progress at all. Students will research and prepare a PowerPoint presentation of modern medical innovators and innovations. They will show how these pioneers and modern medical innovations impact our lives. This plan encourages students to make the correlation between the medial field advances and their lives. It stimulates them to think beyond what affects only them in the present and encourages them to appreciate our medical knowledge that offers so many people alternatives and possibilities.
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Those Before Us
Behind medical advances are the pioneers. People literally owe their lives to those that make tough decisions each day affecting our medical fields and practices. In this lesson, students will examine medical pioneers, identify their characteristics, learn to appreciate their contributions, and present persuasive argument for or against modern medical pioneers.
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Episode 2: Detectives
How Quickly Disease Spreads
Use this lesson to demonstrate to students how quickly disease spreads and the importance of protective measures with communicable diseases. Students can will look at past epidemics such as the Bubonic Plague and then make predictions about future epidemics. Students will compare and contrast medieval medical expertise with that of modern medicine.
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Medical Mysteries
Medical personnel have to be disease detectives. This includes epidemiologists, scientists, statisticians, physicians, health care providers, and nurses. Epidemiology is a scientific method of problem solving by studying health conditions, epidemics, and diseases. These medical personnel have to do the background research, problem–solve, examine causes, and recommend solutions. In this lesson, students will get an opportunity to solve their own medical mystery.
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Building a Great Pair of Lungs
The student, a detective and problem–solver, will use their problem solving skills to use materials to create a pair of lungs. This lesson uses a portfolio on the respiratory system to motivate students to research the respiratory system complete with drawings and diseases that affect it.
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Episode 1: Decisions
Have a Heart!
Students study the heart and heart disease by pretending to be a doctor, detective and decision maker.
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Conflict and Debate
Working in the medical field often requires making difficult moral and ethical decisions. In this lesson, students will take a medical issue and explore it, debate it, and convince others of their point of view.
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Nutrition Decision
The class will become decision makers in this lesson. They will research and determine the nutritional needs of young children, teenagers, and adults. The students will compile their finding in a nutrition portfolio. Class groups will assume the role of hospital dietician and plan meals for their patient based upon research and the information given to them about the patient.
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Thin Is In!
In this lesson students will learn how to be smart and healthy consumers, to make wise health decisions, and to create original commercials that promote healthy living.
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