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Pre-Viewing Lesson Plan
  • Examining Medical Terms
  • Worksheet: Evaluation of Medical Terms
  • Worksheet: Glossary of Medical Terms

  • Viewing Lesson Plan
  • True and False Viewing Guide
  • Worksheet: Student Viewing Guide #1: True and False
  • Answer Key: Student Viewing Guide #1: True and False
  • Worksheet: Analyzing Factors that Affect Health: Viewing Guide #2

  • Post-Viewing Lesson Plan
  • Learning About My Eating Habits
  • Post-Viewing Sheet #1: What Is a Serving
  • Post-Viewing Sheet #2
  • Post-Viewing Sheet #3: The USDA Food Pyramid
  • Post-Viewing Sheet #4: Student Writing Assignment
  • A History of Changing Foods
  • Worksheet: Food in America

  • Extending the Lesson

    Additional Resources

    Printable .pdf of Entire Guide
    (Adobe Acrobat required)

    » 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
    This site is easy for teenagers to use.

    Calculate your BMI - American BMI Calculator
    This is a more extensive site, which can be used by teenagers and adults. It was prepared by the National Institute of Health.

    » 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

    "The Edible Schoolyard, in collaboration with Martin Luther King Junior Middle School in Berkeley California, provides urban public school students with a one-acre organic garden and a kitchen classroom. Using food systems as a unifying concept, students learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare nutritious seasonal produce." Lesson plans can be found at this site that gives students hands-on opportunities to understand nutrition.

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