Project 18 Lessons

Project 18 Lesson Plans

Lesson 1 – Your Super(bowl) Plate

What types of food are included in MyPlate? How can your students make healthier choices when it comes to their diet? This lesson plan will explain MyPlate basics and offer a fun food activity for students.

Elementary School Lesson | Middle School Lesson


Lesson 2 – Don’t Be Sacked by Your Lack of Sleep

What are the stages of sleep? What routines encourage a more restful sleep? In this week’s lesson, students will learn why sleep is so important to their body and mind. They will have the opportunity to create a bedtime checklist for good sleep.

Elementary School Lesson | Middle School Lesson

Evaluations: Elementary School  |  Middle School


Lesson 3 – Blitz Those Stressful Feelings: Struggling with Stress

In this week’s lesson, students will discuss what causes them stress, good vs. bad stress and how to handle stressful situations. A guided relaxation technique is included as the student activity.

Elementary School Lesson | Middle School Lesson


Lesson 4 – Call an Audible on Media Food Messages

The media would have us believing that every food is good and healthy; however, we all know that is not always true. This lesson will talk about the ways advertisers influence our food choices and how to eat out in a more healthy way. For the activity, students will be tasked with creating a healthy ad for an unhealthy food product.

Elementary School Lesson | Middle School Lesson


Lesson 5 – Don’t Be Sidelined by Germs

We all know that germs are around us all the time and are everywhere! Proper hand washing techniques are addressed in the elementary school lesson plan and keeping personal items personal are discussed in the middle school lesson plan. The Rotten Apple activity is sure to keep your students talking for days.

Elementary School Lesson | Middle School Lesson

Evaluations: Elementary School  |  Middle School


Lesson 6 – Score a Touchdown by Never Using Tobacco

Most students can readily tell you that smoking and using tobacco is not healthy for the body. This lesson plan will discuss specifically why that is the case and the role of your lungs.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson


Lesson 7 – A Great Two-Minute Drill: Reading Food Labels

Knowing how to read a food label can help students decide what to choose as part of a healthy eating plan. See how much they learn from the lesson by having them participate in a food ranking activity.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson

Evaluations: Elementary School  |  Middle School


Lesson 8 – Use Your Best Defense to Prevent Injuries

Sometimes young people do not understand the permanent and traumatic impact that brain or spinal cord injuries can have on a person’s life. This lesson will discuss why the brain and spine are so fragile as well as how to prevent injury in a variety of environments.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson


Lesson 9 – Use Your Playbook to Eat Wisely: Nutrition Myths & Facts

Is fat-free food a lot healthier than full-fat food? Is skipping meals a good way to lose weight? This week’s lesson focuses on helping students realize myths versus facts when it comes to food. We’ll address five of the most popular myths concerning food and students can complete an activity about making healthier choices when eating out.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson


Lesson 10 – Don’t Be a Rookie – Warm Up!

This lesson plan will cover the importance of a dynamic warm-up before exercise and stretching after exercise. We will also discuss the issue of strength training for young people.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson


Lesson 11 – Protect Your Red Zone: The Importance of Your Heart’s Health

This week’s lesson will cover pulse, heart rate and general heart health. Students will have the opportunity to record their resting heart rate, moderate heart rate and vigorous heart rate on a Heart Rate Chart.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson


Lesson 12 – Don’t Let Portion Sizes Cause You to Fumble

Bagels as big as Frisbees. Burritos the size of a football. Bowls of pasta so deep your fork can barely find the bottom. This lesson plan will discuss what’s happening to our portion sizes, what an appropriate portion size is and how what we think is a portion is probably not the case at all.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson

Evaluations: Elementary School  |  Middle School


Lesson 13 – Reach the Goal Line by Saying “No” to Drugs & Alcohol

Defining drugs, discussing how drugs are bad for you and talking about how to avoid peer pressure are all covered in this week’s lesson. A “Circle of Life” activity will help open student’s eyes to the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol in many areas of their life.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson


Lesson 14 – Injury on the Field: Emergency Situations

This week’s lesson plan will focus on helping students know basic steps to take in the event of an emergency such as knowing when to call 9-1-1 or how to react to a suspected case of poisoning. The activity for the week will encourage students to create a First Aid Kit for their home.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson

Evaluations: Elementary School  |  Middle School


Lesson 15 – Reach the End Zone with Positive Conflict Resolution

Do your students know how to effectively deal with conflict? This lesson will teach positive conflict resolution and discuss what causes conflict in children and teens. The activity of the week will have students cooperating to accomplish an art project.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson


Lesson 16 – Blindside Bullying

We’re all aware that bullying happens a lot more than we would like and that it occurs many times at school. This lesson will define bullying, discuss types of bullying and help your students know what to do if they are bullied.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson

Evaluations: Elementary School  |  Middle School


Lesson 17 – Internet Safety

In our modern day of technology overload, it’s important to know how to keep your students safe. This lesson will address Internet safety, email and instant messaging and strangers on the Internet.

Elementary School Lesson   |   Middle School Lesson


Lesson 18 – Be the Quarterback of Your Lifelong Health

Exercise isn’t something that you do only when you’re young. It’s something that should stick with you throughout your life in order to keep your body healthy and your mind sharp. This lesson will discuss the long-lasting benefits of exercise.

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