Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 37: Science in Hospitals and Health Clinics
Living a healthy lifestyle and making healthy choices have not traditionally been major foci of science education. However, a number of growing health crises in this country have been linked to personal lifestyle issues such as diet, exercise, and smoking. This has led to increased calls for a greater emphasis on heath education in schools. In addition to physical education class, science class is the natural place to address these health topics. In addition to overall negative trends in illnesses and diseases such as cancer, asthma, and diabetes that have been linked to poor diet and lack of exercise, there are also significant health disparities and health-care inequalities between ethnic and racial groups ...