K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education


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Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living
Teaching children about the importance of a healthy diet and plenty of exercise creates a basis for a healthy lifestyle. These lesson plans for grades K-5 provide fun activities to get them started on this path.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
I’m on a diet and proud of it: Nutrition through math and science
In this unit, students will be involved in hands-on, inquiry activities that integrate various subject areas in order to learn and apply concepts of food chemistry and nutrition.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Mother Goose in use: Rhymes that teach
This collection of kindergarten lesson plans uses classic nursery rhymes to teach curriculum objectives in math, English language arts, science, and healthful living.
Format: (multiple pages)
Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education
"Specializes in developing programs for youth to address health concerns like childhood obesity, physical inactivity, unhealthy food choices, tooth decay, drug and alcohol abuse, unintentional injuries, and teen pregnancy."
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Millis Regional Health Education Center
Visitors are sure to have fun while they learn about the human body and how to stay healthy at this health education facility.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
NC-HCAP health careers information and enrichment workshop booklet
The North Carolina Health Careers Access Program (NC-HCAP), a center located at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, seeks to increase the number of people from disadvantaged backgrounds who are educated, trained, and employed in health careers....
Format: document/book
Health and beauty in the 1930s
In The Great Depression and World War II, page 3.8
Pamphlet produced by the North Carolina Agricultural Extension Service in 1939, explaining rules and guidelines for grooming for teenage girls. Includes reading questions.
Format: pamphlet
What foods are in the fruit group?
This handout has comprehensive information about fruits and the importance of eating them for our overall health. It lists the kinds of fruit available at the market, the health benefits and nutrients in fruits, and the amount of fruit that is needed daily...
Format: document/article
Ubud health clinic in walled compound
Ubud health clinic in walled compound
Like nearby household areas, the Ubud health clinic is located in a stone-walled compound decorated with carvings and colorful tropical plants. The one story cement building has a dark tiled roof.
Format: image/photograph
What foods are in the vegetable group?
This handout, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has comprehensive information about vegetables and the importance of eating them for our overall health. It lists the kinds of vegetables available at the market, the health benefits and nutrients in them,...
Format: document/article
Health and the Human Body
How do the cells in different systems of the human body differ in form and function? Explore human body systems, their cellular components, and biological hazards that affect your body's health.
Format: bibliography/help
Neuseway Nature Park, Planetarium, and Health and Science Center
A rich resource for Lenoir County, this center provides free health, astronomy, and nature and environmental experiences to school groups.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Sanitation and privies
In North Carolina in the early 20th century, page 2.10
This article, published by the North Carolina State Board of Health in 1919, tried to educate people about how to improve their health, as well as the health of their neighbors, by building proper outhouses. Includes historical background and commentary.
Format: article/primary source
Commentary and sidebar notes by L. Maren Wood.
Inquiry-based exploration of human impacts on stream ecosystems: The Mud Creek case study
This unit plan for high school earth and environmental science explores the impact of human activity on the health of streams in urban and non-urban settings. Students mimic current scientific research by measuring physical, chemical, and biological indicators of stream health.
Format: (multiple pages)
This Depression-era pamphlet provided instruction for teenaged girls on health, beauty, and grooming, from tips on hairdos to recipes for homemade shampoo and deodorant. Important: This pamphlet is republished for historical purposes and should not be taken as advice.
Format: pamphlet (multiple pages)
Healthy choices, healthy lifestyles
In Food for thought: Elementary lessons on nutrition and healthy living, page 3.3
Physical activity is important to overall health and well-being, but often we don't exercise enough. This second-grade lesson plan, from the Food for Thought nutrition curriculum, teaches students the importance of being physically active.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 Healthful Living)
Hands On! A Child's Gallery
Students in kindergarten through third grade can learn while they play at this museum in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The Walking Classroom
Lesson plans and podcasts aligned to the fifth grade curriculum.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
National Institute of Environmental Health
Tour the National institute of Environmental Health campus in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and learn about environmental health as well as career options for those who are interested in going into the field of biomedical research.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
The way Germans did it / The way North Carolinians do it
The way Germans did it / The way North Carolinians do it
A pair of cartoons from the State Health Bulletin in October 1919 warns North Carolinians of how influenza is spread. The first, showing a man gunning down a soldier with a machine gun, is captioned "The way the Germans did it at Chateau-Thierry: During the...
Format: image/cartoon