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These resources from PBS LearningMedia relate to physical education and related subjects such as personal health, healthy living, consumer health and lots more. Great videos, lesson plans and activities for our Phys Ed teachers!
Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical Education examines how students are taught to improve their physical health through movement, exercise, and athletics. The lesson plan "A Game for Life" explores how soccer has been used to educate the youth of one South African community on AIDs prevention. Fitness BINGO is a fun way to increase whole body fitness and teamwork in your classroom. Students can learn the difference between strength, endurance, and power using the self-paced lesson "Keep Your Body in Motion." Adaptive physical education, respectful behavior in athletics, and motor competency are additional topics that are explored.

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Personal, Mental and Emotional Health

Personal, Mental and Emotional Health

Explore the many aspects of Personal, Mental, and Emotional Health with an assortment of resources that cover topics stretching from cosmetology, to brain trauma, to pregnancy, to vaping. The series "What's Your Calling?" aims to give young adults an up-close and honest look at diverse individuals that are preparing to make an important life changing decision. The Healthy Kids Project encourages a younger audience to make positive choices for their mental and physical health with videos and support materials for teachers and students. An interactive lesson and support materials aimed at high school students examines how different types of drugs alter their brains.

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Skills for Healthy Living

Skills for Healthy Living

Skills for Healthy Living will help students take steps to live a healthier life, physically, wide array of resources aimed at elementary, middle, and high school students. The Food, Inc. video and support materials can be used in a unit on helping students make wise dietary choices. Several games from the Arthur series will help young learners better understand social interactions and how their actions impact others. Promoting inclusion, positive social activism, and healthy hygiene are also encouraged through the resources in Skills for Healthy Living.

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Careers in Health and Physical Education

Careers in Health and Physical Education

Explore the many occupations that strive to understand and promote physical well-being at home and across the globe. Join a genetic counselor to understand what traits, disorders, and diseases children may inherit from their parents. Study what exercises and sport therapies will help people increase their strength and flexibility before having students develop their own wellness plan for pretend patients. Or, after studying malaria's deadly impact on Africa, have your class brainstorm treatment and prevention strategies and compare those to what the experts are trying in "Malaria Treatment and Prevention Strategies" from the Environmental Public Health collection. Many additional occupations, including phlebotomy, biomedical engineering, and health entrepreneur are explored in Careers in Health and Physical Education.

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Self, Family, Environment and Society

Self, Family, Environment and Society

Self, Family, Environment, and Society is all about answering the question, "How can we keep ourselves, our family, our society, and our environment healthy?" An interactive activity adapted from the National Park Service models the many negative aspects of light pollution and can serve as an introduction to a unit on different types of pollution. Preview a home-scavenger hunt homework assignment for students with a video on reducing dangerous chemicals in the home. The Say Something support materials will assist teachers and school leaders as they initiate and manage the safe schools initiative. Public health policy, social media, and fracking are among the additional topics explored in Self, Family, Environment, and Society.

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Disease, Illness and Disability

Disease, Illness and Disability

Disease, Illness, and Disability examines how society has reacted and continues to react to health challenges and crises. The children's character Arthur examines and assesses students on their knowledge of asthma, just as the FRONTLINE series summarizes a history of vaccines in America and provides a starting point for research on the topic. Encourage an understanding of what it is like to live with chronic illness with an inside look at the lives of two teenagers with diabetes and how it affects their diets and daily lives. A variety of resources provide students the opportunity to research the causes, types, and treatment of cancer. Assistive technology, mental illness, and addiction are also explored in Disease, Illness, and Disability.

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Consumer Health

Consumer Health

Examine how medical resources and information are presented to and used by the public in Consumer Health. Young learners can be comforted before going to the doctor or getting a shot with Daniel Tiger and Mister Rogers. Middle and high school students can preview and build competing arguments for and against government-funded healthcare using a series of videos titled, "Life. Support. Music." A lesson plan called "The Lowdown" explores the causes and consequences of the opioid epidemic, including a chance to view the epidemic through the eyes of fellow teens. Emergency procedures, insuring pre-existing conditions, and medical ethics are also explored in Consumer Health.

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