Media Moments

Throughout this unit, we will be discussing topics in smaller groups and you will be tasked with taking notes on your Wellness Drives on specific media resources.

Individually, in pairs or in small groups, watch ALL of the sources outlined in BLUE, and discuss the main points of each video, making sure to take clear notes.





Once you’ve finished, select 3 of the 5 following sources to view, discuss, and take notes on:

1)  Endocrine system

2)  Hormones:

3)  Growth:

4)  Menstrual Cycle/Period

5)  Kids Health menstrual cycle



Unit 2 Review

We will be taking our end of the Unit Assessment this Friday.  I’ve placed some guide questions below to help you review.  Think back on all of our class discussions and activities about Respect, Social Thinking, Bullying, Conflict, and Conflict Management. Use your note taking sheets the worksheet on Unit Keywords below to help you review too! Good Luck!

Questions for Review:

1. What does respect mean to me? How does it relate to our ISM core value of integrity?

2. What are different ways to show respect?  How does body language play a role?

3.  What is Self-Respect? Why is it important? How will it help challenge bullying?

4.  Why is it important to know how to identify hurtful behaviors? 

5.  Why is social thinking so important?  Remember to explain expected and unexpected behaviors as well.

6. What is mediation and how is it used as a way to solve a conflict?

7. What is negotiation and how is it used to solve a situation?

8. What is compromise and how is it shown?

9. What is Collaboration and how is it shown?

10. How would you describe a true friend?

11.  How has social media affected social interactions in this day and age? What are the effects on one’s overall wellness?



Unit 2 Project: Hurtful Behaviors and Conflict Management

We’ve spent a number of classes discussing the importance of Respect, types of Respect we feel most important to us, ways of showing respect, types of disrespect, cyber bullying, social media, and ways of addressing disrespect.  In the upcoming classes you will be working on a mini-lesson that your group will be using to “teach” the class about Hurtful Behaviors and Conflict Management.

Your goal:  To produce a 2-page comic strip to contribute to the class “Anti-bullying Magazine.”  complete with a clear understanding of a social issue and clear guidelines for how that can be resolved through Conflict and Resolution skills.

Below you will find the Instructions for this performance task and the Rubric on how you will be graded:


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Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 7.57.06 AMTo help you get started, below is the chapter in our textbook that will help you with your assigned topics.  Don’t forget to cite your sources!

The textbook source is: Athreya, Balu H. Holt Decisions for Health: Level Blue. Orlando, FL: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2007. Print.



Start the Ripple!

We’ve spent the past few days discussing what Respect means to us, how we show respect in different cultures, and what forms of disrespect there are.  We’ve also done skits of different situations in which different forms of Respect are shown.  As reminders to ourselves, we are finishing up our RESPECT cut-outs with our own definitions and synonyms of respect.

Watch this video below of middle school students who compiled their own ideas of respect how young people can make a difference!  The message?  Start the Ripple!


Video Reflection:

1.  What was one thing that struck you most about watching this clip?

2. How relevant do you think this topic is to young people today?

3. Were you able to relate to some of the things talk about in the clip? How?

4. What are three ways in which you can start the ripple?  How can you show respect?


Unit 2: Rights and Respect

Great work on our Fitness and Nutrition unit!  This week we will begin our unit on Rights and Respect:

Unit Understandings

  • Students will understand that the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors affect health behaviors.
  • Students will understand that advocating for personal, family and community health promotes healthy behaviors and choices.
  • Students will understand that the ability to use interpersonal communication skills can enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Students will understand that the ability to use decision-making skills enhances health.

Essential Questions

1. What does “respect” mean to me and my family?

2. What types of respect are important to me and why?

3. How will self respect help you challenge bullying?

4. Why are conflict resolution skills good skills for people to have?

5. How would you describe a true friend?

Unit 1: End of Unit Review

Next week we will be taking our Unit Test on Fitness and Nutrition.  You’ve all done such a great job on both your Exercise for Life Brochures and the Dangers of Processed Food Videos and both of those resources will be a big help in reviewing for the assessment.  Before getting started on the review, please make sure to check your classrooms and do the following:

1. Make sure the Dangers of Processed Food Video is Completed and uploaded

Turn it in to the classroom

2. Answer any of your missing reflections in your Google Classroom and turn in documents missing (if any)

Turn it in to the classroom


Below you will find Stations and questions that will help you as you review!  You can do this individually or in pairs. Good Luck!

🙂 Ms. V

Station 1: My Plate (Understanding the Food Groups)

Take a look at the My Plate video posted below.  When you’re done discuss with a partner why the food pyramid is helpful for our overall health. How is the food plate different from the 6 nutrients?




Station 2: Areas of Health

Discuss the 6 different areas of health/wellness and how we can focus on maintaining a healthier life in each of those areas.


Station 3: Essential Questions

Answer the following essential questions:

  1. How can I be health smart?
  2. Why is regular exercise so essential for everyone?
  3. What makes a food healthy or unhealthy?
  4. What does the phrase “You are what you eat” mean to you?
  5. Why do teens develop unhealthy eating behaviors?


Station 4: Nutrition 

With a partner or individually, answer what nutrition is, why it is important, and how important the 6 nutrients are to our overall health. Make sure you can identify the 6 nutrients and examples for each.


Station 5: Fitness

Review your Exercise for Life magazine and Dangers of Processed Food Movies in your google drives and identify health benefits of exercise as well as risks for those who do not exercise.


Station 6: Key Words

Go back to your notes or use the keywords document in the classroom and fill in the nutrition key words.  Then, review and answer as many of the key words below as you can!  


Station 7: Quizlet Review

Go through both of these quizlets to help you with key concepts!

Quizlet on Fitness:

Quizlet on Nutrition:


Station 8: Comment on two blog posts on the Wellness Wall

Read through the posts on the Wellness Wall and choose two that you can relate to or interest you.  Use the “I see… it makes me think about… Now I wonder” format to write your comments.  


STOP HERE…Everything below is older content not used for this school year.

Old Reference on the My Pyramid (see My Plate video above instead):


Unit 1 Project: Dangers of Fast Food

After talking about the essential nutrients our bodies need and watching the effects that a high fat diet can have on our bodies (Supersize Me), you have been tasked with creating a movie that will explain to teenagers what the dangers of fast food are.

Below are the guidelines and rubric for this project:

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Use this document to help you plan your movie and the facts you will be using! MAKE A COPY and save it into your Wellness drive.


Looking forward to seeing how they turn out!

Ms. V 🙂

Unit 1 Project: Exercise for Life Brochure

You’ve been asked to design a brochure to convince your peers that exercising and staying healthy is good for you! Your brochure will include the elements of exercise and staying healthy that we’ve discussed as a class:  Components of Fitness, Benefits of Exercise, Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle. Below are the guidelines for this project and the rubric on how you will be graded. Screen Shot 2014-01-14 at 12.57.12 PM

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Use this link to access the Reflection and Self-Assessment for this assignment.

You can also use our Wellness Textbook!  Don’t forget that proper MLA citation for the book is as follows: Athreya, Balu H. Holt Decisions for Health: Level Blue. Orlando, FL: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 2007. Print.

Take a look at these samples by former students to help you get started!

Exemplar 1

Exemplar 2

Looking forward to seeing your final brochures! Ms. V 🙂

Healthy Habits and SMART Goals

Now that we know more about the 6 areas of Health, thinking about healthy habits and setting goals for ourselves this semester will be a bit easier.  In class we will be working on creating a Vision Board of 3 Wellness Goals that we will set for ourselves.  



Remember when writing your goals to use our S.M.A.R.T. formula:

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Achievable

R – Relevant 

T – Timed




Reproductive Health Problems

One of the essential questions of this unit is:  why is it important to understand proper health care during this time of transition?  In gender specific groups, we will be examining the different common reproductive problems for males and females and ways in which these can be prevented.


In your groups, you will be tasked with creating a visual demonstration of your understanding (on butcher paper) of the information presented in the pages listed below:

1)     Describe six problems of the female reproductive system p.224-225 

2)     Describe four ways to prevent common female reproductive problems p.224-225 

3)     Describe the six common ways to treat female reproductive problems

4)     Describe seven problems of the male reproductive system p.220-221 

5)     Describe four ways to prevent common male reproductive problems p.220-221

6)     Describe the six common ways to treat male reproductive problems

When you are finished, display your visual representations around the room and do a gallery walk of the other group’s chart.  Take 3 post-it notes and use the CONNECT/EXTEND/CHALLENGE (use one post it note for each) thinking routine and post it on the poster. See below.

CONNECT: How are the ideas and information presented
CONNECTED to what you already knew?
EXTEND: What new ideas did you get that EXTENDED or pushed your thinking in new directions?
CHALLENGE: What is still CHALLENGING or confusing for you to get your mind around? What ques-tions, wonderings or puzzles do you now have?