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Be the Boss: A Lesson on Managing Feelings
This charming K-6 lesson creates a safe environment in which students can identify and share their feelings.

Lesson Plan Booster: How Can Students Help a Bullied Peer?
Students consider the impact of bullying on the school as a whole, as well as the impact on a bullied peer who does not receive the help he or she needs. The class learns about safe ways to help a student who has been mistreated. Students talk openly about whether the climate of your school supports bullying prevention.

Lesson Plan Booster: Think Before You Hit “Send”
Student discussion can be initiated following media coverage of a high-profile case of a youth or adult inappropriately sharing his/her personal information or photos via cell/text, email or social networking. Students are encouraged to develop personal rules regarding personal information/photos and consider why some things are never appropriate to post or send.
Lesson Plan Booster: “Teen Mom” Show and Social Norms Regarding Teen Pregnancy
The class thinks critically about “social norms” messages expressed by a popular MTV “reality show” that is aimed at a teen audience. Students consider the possible positive and negative effects of the show on teen behavior.
Lesson Plan Booster: Media Literacy and High-Profile Crime CasesHearing student chatter about that sensational murder trial or other big case in the news? Help 9th- to 12th-graders think critically about the news coverage.

Don't Go Back to School Without a Flu Shot
As teachers and administrators finalize all the last-minute details for the start of a new school year, the American Lung Association wants them to remember to include an influenza vaccination in their back-to-school preparations.

The Importance of Nurturing Resiliency in Children
Societal pressures on families and children make resiliency an important characteristic for children to have. Once thought to be an inborn trait, resiliency can be developed and cultivated with help from educators.


PE & Health

Looking for fresh PE & health teaching ideas? Education World presents a variety of PE & health resources that all teachers can use to liven up instruction. Find dozens of valuable PE & health teaching ideas in our PE & Health Subject Center.

A Framework for Raising Well-Balanced Children
Children may be pampered with a plethora of gadgets, but they are not nurtured in a way that helps them develop into responsible and caring citizens, argues Dr. Peter L. Benson. All segments of society must commit to childrens well being, he argues.

Upping the Odds on Standardized Tests
Help your high school students perform their best on upcoming college admissions or state standardized tests with this fun and informative lesson plan. Students research test-taking tips focusing on nutrition, sleep, stress reducers, and more, and then present their findings -- in a variety of fun projects -- to another class or grade level.

Drive-Thru Nutrition
Students learn to make healthful fast-food choices with this grade 9-12 activity. Students use online resources and a spreadsheet program to compare the fat and calorie content of various food items at 12 popular fast-food restaurants. Then, they create a day's worth of healthful menus using food from those restaurants.

Hold the Fries! Three Programs Are Improving Student Nutrition
Halting the trend toward child obesity is a challenge, but some schools are meeting it with more than food that is nutritionally balanced. Included: Learn about three school nutrition programs that are working.

Sink Your Teeth Into These Dental Health Month Lessons
February -- Dental Health Month -- is the time of year when many teachers help students "brush up" on their awareness of tooth care. This week's lessons capitalize on that once-a-year "teachable moment." Included: Five lessons students can sink their teeth into.

Stop Bullying Now!
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige reacted to reports of harassment of Muslim and Arab American students by calling on teachers to discuss diversity and tolerance with their students. Education World responds with lessons designed to teach students to respect diversity and resolve ideological differences peacefully.

To Your Health! Lessons to Build Health Awareness
This week, Education World presents ten lessons to help students learn about health and the dangers of substance abuse. Included: Activities that involve students in creating posters about the dangers of drug abuse, conducting experiments about germs, and much more!

Nutrition on the Net -- Healthful Activities for Every Grade!
If your students think nutrition is a dull topic, they havent gotten the full story on food from the resources of the Internet. Many wonderful sites explain the benefits of eating well, the power of the food guide pyramid, and the history of food. Including those sites in your nutrition lessons will open eyes and change minds about the subject of nutrition!

The Eyes Have It!
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, more than 100,000 people incur eye injuries each year and more than half of the victims of those injuries are children. September is Children's Eye and Health Safety Month, the perfect time to begin teaching your students about the importance of taking care of their eyes.

"Children Act Fast...So Do Poisons!"
The theme of this year's National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21) is "Children Act Fast...So Do Poisons!" -- a reminder to educators that we must "act fast" to teach poison prevention. Included: Internet connections and classroom activities to teach poison prevention!

Serve Up Classroom Nutrition Activities!
Serve up a well-balanced nutrition unit! A "bunch" of activities to pick from!

Fire Safety: Activities to Spark Learning!
A firehouse full of cross-curriculum activities and fire-related Web sites for Fire Prevention Week 97, October 5-11.

"Follow the Rules, Get Safely to School"
"Follow the Rules, Get Safely to School" is this year's National School Bus Safety Week theme. But bus safety isn't a one-week topic. It's a year-round subject that connects to many curriculum areas.

Teach Your Students to Be "Sun Savvy!
The summer sun offers teachers an important opportunity to talk about sun safety. Many Internet sites carry strong sun safety messages or offer teachers valuable lesson plans for teaching about the science of the sun.

Backpacks = Backaches for Some Kids
A recent study by doctors at Johns Hopkins University provides a valuable lesson for students.


Updated: 01/19/2015