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Tools for Teaching Health



Tools for Teaching Health

Shannon Whalen, Dominick Splendorio, Sal Chiariello

ISBN: 978-0-787-99407-5 March 2007 Jossey-Bass 320 Pages

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Tools for Teaching Health presents classroom-tested, ready to use activities and lessons developed and written by highly acclaimed health educators. This much-needed resource provides any health educator who works with various populations with the strategies that will enhance the health education experience and make learning fun. Designed to be practical, all the book’s proven activities are reproducible, hands-on, student-centered, and interactive.

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Acknowledgments ix

About the Authors xi

Notes to Teacher xiii


Icebreaker: Tobacco People Hunt 1

Lesson 1: Tobacco Grab Bag 5

Lesson 2: Demonstration of Tobacco’s Harmful Effects 7

Lesson 3: Tobacco No-No 14

Lesson 4: Tobacco Decision Making 18

Lesson 5: Tobacco Talk Show 22

Home–School Connection: Smoking Interview 24

Project: Multiple Intelligence Tobacco Project 27

Assessment: Functional Knowledge and Skills Exam 31


Icebreaker: Concentric Circles 39

Lesson 1: Alcohol Concept Splash 42

Lesson 2: Alcohol Simulation Stations 45

Lesson 3: Drinking and Driving Timeline 53

Lesson 4: Dysfunctional Families—An Alcohol Story 56

Lesson 5: Pick-and-Choose Refusal Skills 62

Home–School Connection: Contract for Life 70

Project: Show Us the Money! Alcohol Grant Writing 73

Assessment: Functional Knowledge and Skills Exam 79


Icebreaker: Raise Your Hand If You Take Drugs 87

Lesson 1: Paper Plate Pharmacology 89

Lesson 2: Refusal Skills and Marijuana 91

Lesson 3: How Social Is Norm? 97

Lesson 4: The “I’s” Have It 101

Lesson 5: Up Close and Personal 109

Home–School Connection: Talking About Marijuana 112

Project: What’s Up in Health? 116

Assessment: Functional Knowledge and Skills Exam 120


Icebreaker: Toilet Paper Game 127

Lesson 1: Puzzling Pieces 129

Lesson 2: Did I Eat That? How to Read a Food Label 147

Lesson 3: What’s That? 151

Lesson 4: Hearty Appetites 154

Lesson 5: Positive and Negative Weight Loss Cards 157

Home–School Connection: Favorite Family Recipe Conversion 162

Project: Food Diary and Reflection Paper 166

Assessment: Functional Knowledge and Skills Exam 173


Icebreaker: Abstinence Bingo 179

Lesson 1: Sexuality Brainstorm 182

Lesson 2: That’s My Line 185

Lesson 3: Raw Oysters Have Feelings, Too! 188

Lesson 4: Contraception Commercials 191

Lesson 5: What Are They Selling? 195

Home–School Connection: Hopes and Fears 198

Project: Music with a Message 201

Assessment: Functional Knowledge and Skills Exam 206


Icebreaker: Tie Activity—What Do I Want to Be When I Grow Up? 213

Lesson 1: Violence Match Game 217

Lesson 2: Where Do You Stand? 219

Lesson 3: Managing Anger Round Robin 221

Lesson 4: Crossing the Line 225

Lesson 5: Conflict Resolution 228

Home–School Connection: Television Violence 234

Project: Production Company 237

Assessment: Functional Knowledge and Skills Exam 245


Icebreaker: Who’s Who on the Playground? 251

Lesson 1: The Secret Magic Super Pill for Good Health 253

Lesson 2: Disco Aerobics 258

Lesson 3: Physical Activity and Goal Setting 262

Lesson 4: “Counterfeit Fitness”—The Dangers of 272

Using Anabolic Steroids and Other Performance-Enhancing Substances

Lesson 5: A Pound of Fat—Doing the Weight-Loss Math 277

Home–School Connection: Physical Activity 283

Project: Student-Created Public Service Announcements 286

Assessment: Functional Knowledge and Skills Exam 294

  • Author Platform: Authors are acclaimed and highly active trainers in the world of public health education. They have a nearly 1,000-name e-mailing list of their trainees and are in touch with wholesalers to target the public health education audience.
  • Standards-Based Curriculum: Tools for Teaching Health’s content is based on key risk areas identified by the Centers for Disease Control and on standards for health education from the National Center for Health Education Crednetialins reflecting the core competencies for certification of health education teachers (CHES credential).
  • Academic Potential:   This book is a perfect complement for courses in “methods and materials” that are part of sequences in Health Education/Health Behavior, Public Health Education, Community Health, and School Health. Examples and exercises have been used in college classroom instruction by the authors.
  • Breadth: Each chapter includes health education activities, icebreakers and homework for parents in each chapters.
  • Evaluation and Assessment: Includes guidelines for evaluating programs and assessing classroom lessons.
  • Ready for the Classroom or Training Setting: Exams with objectives and short answer questions plus answer keys in every chapter.