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Health Education

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  • All classes available at the Museum, via Health on Wheels or via Distance Learning, unless noted otherwise. 
  • All programs are one hour in length
  • Up to 30 students
Steps to a Healthy Me: Wash, Eat, Play | Grades K-2
Steps to a Healthy Me Teacher's Guide and Materials
Jump into nutrition, hygiene and exercise to uncover the important roles that they play in a healthy lifestyle. Listen to short stories and sing songs that remind us how germs are everywhere and how we can prevent them from making us sick. Take the "Good Food, Bad Food" test. Demonstrate how much exercise is needed to use up the energy in junk food. Finally, rest on the floor and feel the importance of taking time to be quiet and relax. (That last part is often the teacher's favorite).
Chew on This: Learn the Drill on Dental Science | Grades K-2
Chew on This Teacher's Guide and Materials
Compare the teeth of various animals to humans and discover how your smile can tell a scientist a lot about who – and what – you are! Some animals don't even have teeth... how do they manage to munch their lunch? Investigate the basics of dental health with real museum specimens and see how special tools help dentists keep our canines clean. Brace yourself: the truth behind cavities might be more shocking than you think.
Just Senseless | Grades K-2
Just Senseless Teacher's Guide and Materials
Let's find out what the five senses do by imagining life without them. Using hands-on props and demonstrations, we explore how life would be different if one or more of our senses were disabled. We also discuss how senses help to keep our bodies safe.
Note: For Distance Learning classes, a props kit will be sent to your school two weeks before the scheduled program with a prepaid UPS return label.
Hidden Kingdoms | Grades 1-3
Hidden Kingdoms Teacher's Guide and Materials
Get an up-close look at bacteria and viruses and learn how the human body protects itself from these tiny invaders. Work with Viewscopes to study magnified images of germs and experiment with a UV light and Glo-Germ powder to test the effectiveness of different hand-washing techniques.
Note: This program is not currently available through Distance Learning.

You Are What You Eat | Grades 1-3 and 4-6
You Are What You Eat Teacher's Guide and Materials
Get a taste of the new ChooseMyPlate dietary guidelines while learning to create healthy meals based on the different food groups. Grades 4-6 programs include how to identify and interpret information on nutrition labels.
Bodyworks | Grades 4-6 
Bodyworks Teacher's Guide and Materials
What does a real heart look like? And how does it team up with our brain, muscles, bones and lungs? This program uses preserved specimens and anatomical models to teach students about the organization of the human body, structures and functions of several major organ systems and how they all work together.
Cells: A Really Close Look At How Life Works | Grades 4-6
Cells: A Really Close Look AT How Life Works Teacher's Guide and Materials
In 1676, a scientist named Antonie Leeuwenhoek scraped some plaque off his teeth and looked at it under his new invention called a microscope. The tiny living units he observed created a whole new level of scientific understanding, and a whole new level of appreciation for toothbrushes. This program will investigate some of the ways your personal team of 75 trillion cells are interacting with each other to maintain the chemical reactions and physical processes necessary for life. Review the organelles that power individual cells and reveal some of the links between all life on Earth. Even while you're sleeping, on a cellular level you're always quite busy.
Note: Distance learning program requires either a paper plate or a piece of construction paper for each student to use as a "cell membrane."

Growing Up and Liking It | Grades 5-6
(1-hour program; maximum 40 students)
Growing Up and Liking It Teacher's Guide
Learn the science behind the changing adolescent body and what to expect on the road to adulthood. Students will engage in an interactive discussion with a health educator on the physical and chemical changes that occur in the body during puberty. With the aid of fun demonstrations, large format images, models and specimens, we will discuss human reproductive anatomy, menstruation, nocturnal emissions and other issues.
Growing Up and Liking It | Grades 5-6 | Available September-April
(2-hour program with Q&A for separate gender groups; maximum 100 students)
Part 1: See above description for details; boys and girls are together.
Part 2: Boys and girls will separate, meeting with a health educator to get in-depth answers to their questions related to puberty and human reproduction.
Note: School must provide a male and female staff member to attend the Q&A sessions.
Note: For Health on Wheels, this program requires a large room for Part 1, then two rooms for Q&A sessions.
Cost: At Museum: $9/student; Health on Wheels: $400/2-hour program
Parent Program for "Growing Up and Liking It"
Offer your students' parents the opportunity to learn about the content and format of "Growing Up and Liking It" by inviting our health educators to speak with the parents and answer any questions or concerns they might have.
Length: 1 hour
Price: $120
Body Blueprints | Grades 6-8
Body Blueprints Teacher's Guide and Materials
Investigate the basics of DNA and discover how the genes you inherited from your parents determine much of who you are. Review the structure of DNA to see how genetic information is organized. Find out which students have dominant or recessive traits by conducting experiments with your class.
Wonder of New Life: The Making of A Human | Grades 6-8
Wonders of New Life Teacher's Guide and Materials
Journey inside the uterus and follow the development of a human embryo. Compare humans to other placental mammals and discuss our reproductive strategy vs. egg-laying animals. Discuss physical changes in a mother's body as she goes through her pregnancy and how the natural processes of sexual reproduction, menstruation and breastfeeding are healthy aspects of human life. The process of labor and delivery will be illustrated when we view a video of an actual birth.
Girls 2 Women | Grades 6-8
Girls 2 Women Teacher's Guide and Materials
Girls only please! Discuss issues of women's health with a female health educator. Topics include human reproductive anatomy, PMS, menstruation, pad and tampon use, breast self-exam, personal hygiene, toxic shock syndrome and other female health issues.
Locker Room | Grades 6-8
Locker Room Teacher's Guide and Materials
Boys only please! Get straight talk on young men's health with this discussion led by a male health educator. Topics include male reproductive anatomy, testicular self-exam, prostate health, personal hygiene, stress and anger management, and other male health issues.

Genetics in Action: Your Daily Dose of DNA Technology | Grades 6-8
Genetics in Action Teacher's Guide and Materials
Review current applications of DNA research and find out how biotechnology may affect your life. Did you have some GMOs for breakfast today? Your class will team up to analyze DNA evidence from a crime scene and simulate DNA fingerprinting—will you identify the correct suspect? Use our attached scenarios to review case studies involving genetic information and discuss how this knowledge influences ethical decisions.
Caught in the Web | Grades 7-12
Caught in the Web Teacher's Guide and Materials
Review the symptoms and treatments of common STIs as you view actual clinical images of sexually transmitted diseases and discuss symptoms and methods of transmission. Explore how the web of person-to-person contacts can quickly spread an infectious disease within a community and put all sexually active people at risk. Learn common treatments for these diseases and methods used to lower your risk of infection.
HIV/AIDS | Grades 7-12 
HIV/AIDS Teacher's Guide and Materials
Get informed about HIV, how it ravages the immune system and the infections that are common to AIDS victims. Learn about behaviors that put a person at risk for HIV infection and modes of transmission. Discuss ways to protect oneself from this pandemic, and some of the specific challenges of this particular virus.
Drugs 301 | Grades 7-12
Drugs 301 Teacher's Guide and Materials
Learn the science behind chemical addiction and what physical consequences arise from the use of different categories of drugs. Actual medical specimens will impress upon students the powerful effects drugs have on our lives.
Disease Detectives | Grades 7-12
Disease Detectives Teacher's Guide and Materials
This just in: Nearly half of the students at East Coliville High School are sick with similar symptoms. As part of the health department epidemiology team, you will work together to eliminate false leads and piece together clues to determine the cause of this outbreak. It is up to your team to interpret data, identify the pathogen, locate its source and stop its spread before this illness claims more victims.
Macronutrients, Fad Diets and Energy Drinks | Grades 7-12 
Macronutrients, Fad Diets and Energy Drinks Teacher Guide and Materials
Learn the basics of proper fueling and hydration for a healthy daily routine. Find out about carbohydrates, proteins and fats as you calculate your macronutrient needs. Use this information to be an informed consumer and work your way through the marketing hype to uncover the facts about fad diets, supplements, energy drinks and fitness regimes.
Stress Down | Grades 7-12
Stress Down Teacher's Guide and Materials
Stressed out? Recognize your biological reactions to stressful situations and learn techniques to manage your stress response. Distinguish the stress that you can and cannot control and use that information to lower the effects of stress on your body and mind.

Beyond the Genome: Applications of Modern Genetics | Grades 9-12
Beyond the Genome Teacher's Guide and Materials
The products of DNA technology are everywhere, from big city forensics to remote fox farms in Siberia. The Museum's Curator of Invertebrate Zoology, Dr. Gavin Svenson, is linking DNA sequence data with physical characteristics of praying mantis species. Take a peek at his research and analyze the evolutionary relationships of these fascinating insects. We’ll investigate ways that biotechnology is used in health care, kitchens, bathrooms, cars and family pets! How has genetic research affected your day?
Note: Each student will need a copy of the “Restriction Enzymes & Phylogenetics Worksheet” and a pencil during our program.