1. 5 Girls: Issues and Answers for Teens

Source: Point of View

Explore and analyze teenage issues that could increase the risk of making poor lifestyle decisions. Seek solutions to a teenage concern and create a practical self-help publication.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Consumer Health. Mental/Emotional Health. Organizing Information & Ideas.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

2. Altruism: Meeting Society's Needs

Source: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

Explore the meaning of altruism and the bonds that are created when people take care of each other. Learn about many humanitarian efforts that are made by different organizations to help meet basic needs.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Civics: Community & Citizenship. Sociology.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

3. Being Better

Source: Benjamin Franklin

Research and learn about some of the methods that Benjamin Franklin designed or employed to improve himself intelluctually, morally and physically. Create and follow a personal self-improvement plan.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Ethics. United States History: 1585-1763.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

4. Big Enough

Source: Point of View

Explore and discuss issues of identity, stereotypes and diversity in our society. Examine the impact intolerance has on people of small stature.

Grade Level: 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

5. Crossroads Blues

Source: The Blues

Recognize personal crossroads, depictions of the devil and pacts with the devil as prevalent themes in literature, blues music and world mythology. Analyze decisions made by people, fictional and real, when at crossroad situations.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, The Arts

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Music.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

6. Dating Violence Detectives

Source: In The Mix

Examine the issues around dating violence, the statistics about dating violence and suggestions for how to leave an abusive relationship and where to get help. Construct Web pages related to dating violence using authoring software.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Reading & Language Arts

Topics: Human Sexuality. Mental/Emotional Health. Journalism.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

7. Dealing With Death Discussion Guide

Source: In The Mix

Examine experiences and thoughts about death, specifically about the death of a loved one, terminal illness and bereavement support groups. Explore poetry or songs about death and dying and discuss the writer's intent and students' own reactions.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness

Topics: Death & Dying. Mental/Emotional Health.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

8. Doing What You Love

Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting: Art Beat at School

Consider how artists create careers out of doing what they love, and explore hobbies and leisure-time activities that develop self-esteem and self-expression. Practice the arts of fabric weaving and papermaking.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness, The Arts

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Crafts. Creative Thinking. Visual Arts.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

9. Dying to be Thin

Source: NOVA

Examine how healthy men and women are portrayed in the media by collecting and analyzing data from magazine articles and images. Consider whether men and women portrayed in the magazines are real, and reflect on one's own self-image.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Nutrition. Media Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

10. Exploring Media Messages

Source: In The Mix

Recognize negative aspects of advertising and how advertising exploits young people. Examine how the media tries to define a person's style, values and ideas, and take a stand against negative media images.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Media Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

11. Fat: Ideal Weight, Cultural Stereotypes and Eating Disorders

Source: Frontline

Explore the societal stigma that accompanies people who are overweight, and research current medical thinking on "ideal weight." Identify how the perception of body image can lead to eating disorders.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Nutrition.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

12. Hearing Between The Lines

Source: In The Mix

Examine the messages conveyed through popular songs about self-esteem, body image and eating disorders.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Reading & Language Arts, The Arts

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Media Studies.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

13. New Orleans - History

Source: American Experience

Research answers to questions about the origins of Mardi Gras around the world. Explore first-hand accounts of survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and consider how it would feel to lose all one's possessions.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Anthropology/Cultures. Religion.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

14. Suicide Prevention

Source: In The Mix

Examine key concepts of suicide prevention, and identify characteristics of students who are at higher risk to attempt suicide. Learn the warning signs of suicidal teens and what to do if a friend is suicidal.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Psychology.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

15. The New Americans: You Have to Live in Somebody Else's Country to Understand

Source: Independent Lens

Experience school life as an outsider by listening to a lesson in a second language and reflecting on emotions felt. Analyze a poem about immigration, and learn to empathize with new immigrants who encounter alienation.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness, Social Studies

Topics: Mental/Emotional Health. Social Skills. Immigration.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

16. Understanding Different Views on Death

Source: With Eyes Open

Examine how people come to understand and deal with death in their own ways, and examine the importance of expressing emotions and values surrounding the issue. Analyze how death is portrayed in the media and popular culture.

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Health & Fitness

Topics: Death & Dying. Mental/Emotional Health.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan

17. Worried Sick: Temperature and Stress

Source: Scientific American Frontiers

Explore the physiological effects of stress, and investigate the techniques of Tibetan monks to regulate their body temperature. Attach a thermistor to your fingertip to see if relaxation techniques can produce changes in body temperature.

Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8

Subjects: Health & Fitness

Topics: Body Systems & Senses. Mental/Emotional Health. Psychology.

Resource Type: Lesson Plan