» Extending the Lesson
» A. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
This is an excellent book that explores weight issues and friendship. The National Council of Teachers of English say that Crutcher "assures his audience that his writing is not sensationalism or an attempt to tease with words, but rather, an attempt to record accurately the way life is." Language arts teachers in 9th and 10th grades will find that students enjoy reading and discussing this book.
» B. What is my Body Mass Index?
Students can use the following Web sites to calculate their body mass and read why this is important to their health.
About Teens Health
Calculate your BMI - American BMI Calculator
» C. The Creation of the Federal Food and Drug Administration
Students can examine how and why the Food and Drug Administration in this lesson plan from the FRONTLINE teacher's guide, "The Alternative Fix."
Click on: "Regulating Drugs: The Creation of the Food and Drug Administration"
» D. The Edible Schoolyard