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Hi guys!

This unit, we’re going to be looking at the influence of technology and media on our personal and family health. After reflecting in your journal, here are the resources you’ll need!

  1. Brainstorm in your group on the chart paper. What is the impact of technology and media on our health and wellness? Make two columns- one for the opportunities and one for the challenges.
  2. Read the article: Fortnite Debate
  3. Formulate your thought on the issue and decide which side you stand on for our debate.
  4. Watch the TED Talk: The game that can give you ten extra years of life.

The game that can give you 10 extra years of life | Jane McGonigal - YouTube

Day 2: Digital Footprint

Read Will Your Posts Come Back to Haunt You?Digital Rep NovDec_2017

Do: Digital_Footprint_Activity

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Hey 6th graders!

Did you know that online health searches are now the third most popular activity on the web? While googling information about our health can  be helpful, sometimes it can give us misinformation as well.

Read the following article from Choices: Will You Fall for Fake News?

After reading all of the ways you can identify useful valid websites, you’re going to come up with a puberty or health related question of your own and search for a valid source for the answer. Once you’ve found a good site- and checked it with me!- you’ll add the site you found to our class discussion so everyone else can have access to it as well.

Use the handout from  and follow the directions.

Many of you will want to talk about KidsHealth.org. It’s the best website with online health information for kids, so use it as a resource, and then test your site’s information against it. That way you become familiar with Kids Health while finding another resource to add to your arsenal. There are a ton of great resources out there.

Some useful, kid-friendly sites to check out:

BAM! Body and Mind from the CDC

It’s My Life from PBS Kids

Brain Pop Health

Have fun and happy hunting!

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Another awesome lesson plan from the folks at New York Times. This one takes an in-depth look at health news and hits NHES3 (Accessing Information), NHES2 (Analyzing Influences) and NHES 8 (Advocacy). Would love to team up with the librarian and a science teacher for this!

Source: ‘Chocolate Found to Stave Off Death!’ Analyzing the Scientific Evidence Behind Health Headlines – The New York Times

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As educators, we might not agree with every initiative that comes down the pipe, but we all want our students to be healthy and happy. In an ideal world, this would mean that every school would have a stand-alone health and wellness program. However, in most international schools, this still isn’t the case. Wellness is being taught, but it’s happening in pockets throughout the school- PE, advisory, counselor talks, core classes- and often comes down to the passion of certain individuals in the community.

While this approach can work, it’s often leads to holes in student learning. During this two-day workshop, participants will learn a way to structure a wellness scope & sequence for any school that can help identify those holes. And regardless of your current role, you’ll leave with a toolkit of ready-to-go resources that can be used- and shared!- to help equip students with the health literacy skills they’ll need for life.

For more information, check out the flyer: Elevating Student Health and Wellness: an Integrated Approach

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If you’re working with kids who come from a place of financial privilege and are teaching them about advocacy, it’s important they understand what that privilege really means. In this great clip, NBA star Dwayne Wade talks about how his popularity gives him a voice, and why he feels an obligation to use it for those who might not be able to.

He also talks about the survivors from Parkland behind the #NeverAgain movement and how they understand that as well- and how that made him want to help support their cause even more. From donating money, to visiting the school, and sponsoring an art exhibit to honor the victims– he’s showing the kids that he’s got their back.  Such a awesome examples of advocacy all around, and a great clip to share with the class.

NBA star Dwyane Wade stands with massacre victims - YouTube

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