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Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Teaching Tools, Uncategorized, tagged environment, grades 1-4, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, health, lesson plan, nutrition, pbs learningmedia, video on July 8, 2013 |
eSchool News recently reported on new rules that look like they’ll go a long way toward eliminating unhealthy foods in schools. The report refers to an Associated Press article by Mary Clare Jalonick about upcoming Agriculture Department regulations on high fat, calorie, sugar and salt foods sold during the school day, including those in a la carte lines, often the culprit of beige foods (e.g., fries, nuggets).
Weighing in on this news in the AP article is Michelle Obama, who has dedicated her efforts to childhood obesity, saying, “’. . . as a mom myself, I am so excited that schools will now be offering healthier choices to students and reinforcing the work we do at home to help our kids stay healthy.’”
Here are just a couple of the wide-ranging resources with support materials you’ll find:
Balanced Meals (Grades 1-4) “Fizzy’s Lunch Lab” videos & related lesson plan with informative overview of food and nutrition topics; emphasize a positive change in the current state of childhood nutrition by promoting a balanced food pyramid
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (Grades 6-12) Video segment adapted from American Experience: “Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,” about the lethal impact of the pesticide DDT on wildlife
We’d be happy to hear your thoughts about current conditions of nutrition in schools or any resources you may have to share on these subjects.
We think summer’s a great time to experience and reflect on healthy living and to consider appropriate classroom resources that integrate the all-important subject of health. Here’s a lesson on Percentage of Populations with Diabetes where grade 5-8 students learn about percentages in relation to the study of diabetes.
In this TV411 activity, students are introduced to aspects of diabetes. They look at a nutrition label and apply various skills to answering questions about the label. One of two video clips in this activity, What’s in that Box of Cookies, Anyway? explores how to tally the amount of carbohydrates one consumes each day. Students then learn to calculate the percentages of people who have diabetes. The lesson is complete with media resources, materials (including handouts), standards and assessment levels for proficiency and above proficiency.
While you’re having what we hope is a healthy summer, we’d appreciate hearing from you about health-related resources for the students as well as your thoughts and experiences with integrated instruction.
Springtime offers the perfect backdrop for promoting physical activity and engaging students in immersive learning experiences. Use these resources from PBS LearningMedia to explore the science of movement and to highlight the importance of exercise in their daily lives:
Mixie’s Boogie Buffet (Grades 1-4) What better way to kick off a lesson on exercise than to get students up on their feet with this “Fizzy’s Lunch Lab” interactive?
Power Your Body with Exercise (Grades 5-8) Invite students to examine the changes that occur in the body in response to physical activity.
Increasing Physical Activity in Schools (Grades 13+) High levels of physical activity support learning on-task behavior and the development of life-long wellness. Learn how to increase the activity level at your school using this self-paced lesson.
Titanium Chairs & Cheetah Legs (Grades 6-12) Introduce students to the specialized wheelchairs, prosthetics and other high-tech tools that allow Paralympic athletes to compete.
The Truth About Exercise (Grades 6-13+) An obesity expert proposes that the best way to lose weight and improve health is to increase your “NEAT” level. Ask students to investigate his theory.
PBS LearningMedia is honored to be counted among this year’s recipients of the 2013 SIIA CODiE Award for both “Best Education Reference Solution” and “Best K12 Solution” in the Education Technology category!
Posted in Lesson Plans, PBS Resources, Programming Highlights, Teaching Tools, tagged Civics, Current Events, economics, grades 6-8, grades 9-12, health, language arts, lesson plan, U.S. history, video on February 24, 2012 |
In Food, Inc., a POV film that premiered in August 2011, filmmaker Robert Kenner lifted the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. The documentary reveals surprising — and often shocking truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
The following lesson plans can be used individually or as a unit, with the film Food, Inc. as a learning tool in the subject areas of Economics, Civics, Current Events, U.S. History, Health and Language Arts, and are written for grades 6-12.
Lesson #1: Evaluating Information on Food Labels
In this lesson, students can use these materials to explore what consumers should be able to learn about food from Nutrition Facts panels.
Lesson #2: U.S. Agricultural Subsidies and Nutrition
Classrooms can use this lesson plan to investigate how agricultural subsidies influence food choices, health and the economy.
Lesson #3: The Impact of Genetically Modified Seeds
This lesson plan explores the benefits and controversies of using genetically modified seeds.
Please note that POV documentaries can be recorded off-the-air and used for educational purposes for up to one year from their initial broadcast. In addition, POV offers a lending library of DVDs and VHS tapes that you can borrow any time during the school year — FOR FREE! Get started by joining the POV Community Network.
Twenty five years after the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the 1100 square miles of “no mans” land has come back to life. Forests, marshes, fields and rivers have reclaimed the land, reversing the effects of human cultivation and development, returning everything to its natural state. In the absence of people, the “dead zone” has become a surprisingly post-nuclear Eden, populated by beaver, bison, horses, birds and fish — and ruled by wolves. Scientists are now able to enter this area to study the health and condition of the wildlife. It’s an amazing exploration into a world we hoped never to see which yields answers we never expected. The video is titled: Radioactive Wolves — Chernobyl’s Nuclear Wilderness, and is I.D. 2165. Visit the WGBY Video Lending Library to order by clicking here.
Fizzy’s Lunch Lab is a PBS Web series featuring clips that educate kids about the importance of good nutrition, a balanced diet, and physical activity. Join Professor Fizzy and his friends in the super-charged Lunch Lab Test Kitchen, as they prepare healthy snacks, investigate the difference between good and bad food, and learn what happens once the food you eat goes into your body.
Each week, Fizzy’s Lunch Lab releases a new animated short video and a corresponding recipe for families to enjoy. The series also has a fantastic set of lesson plans for elementary school teachers on topics like food pyramids, hydration, proteins, and carbohydrates. Who knows, this just might be useful reminders for older kids too!
Here’s just a little clip of an episode on calories:
The website also features great music, kitchen safety tips, and fun printables.