Health/Phys. Ed.

Almost Sunrise | Lesson Plan Clips

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a term many students may know. It is a psychological diagnosis associated with individuals who have experienced trauma, such as assault, natural disaster, abuse and war, either as civilians or as combatants. Less familiar is the term moral injury, or a wound to the soul, caused by participation in events that violate one’s deeply held sense of right and wrong. Both PTSD and moral injury affect veterans and contribute significantly to the alarming 20 veteran suicides that occur every day in the United States on average according to the most recent study from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Yet, moral injury is less well-known than PTSD, and appropriate treatment for it is not well understood.

This lesson invites student to gain a deeper understanding of moral injury and develop greater empathy for the challenges returning veterans face. Using video segments from the documentary film Almost Sunrise, students will learn about moral injury through the experiences of Tom and Anthony, two young Iraq war veterans struggling to heal their own moral injuries while raising awareness of veteran suicide as they complete a walking journey from Wisconsin to California. Students will conduct independent research, analyze the conditions and contexts in which moral injury occurs and explore effective mental health therapies and treatments.

'Theater of War' Brings Hope to Wounded Soldiers

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A new concept that uses acting and the theater to help unlock the inner grief and suffering that many soldiers bring back from war zones is catching on.

Adopting Sustainable Food Practices

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This video segment adapted from United Tribes Technical College looks at how the traditional subsistence practices of indigenous people were once sustainable, unlike today's lifestyles. Most foods are now produced and transported using methods that can damage the environment and contribute to climate change.

Ice Warriors: Sled Hockey 101

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Learn from players on the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team about the sport of sled hockey in this video from “Ice Warriors,” and then use the support materials to learn about the engineering design process. People with different types of disabilities can play sled hockey, including amputees and people born with spina bifida. The game is similar to regulation or NHL ice hockey—called “stand-up hockey” by the sled hockey players—but players sit on sleds with metal skate blades attached and use their arms to move the sleds. Their sticks, one in each hand, have a shooting curve on one end and small picks on the other. Players use the picks to propel themselves around the ice. The rules are the same as ice hockey: move the puck, get in good scoring position, and play good defense. This resource is part of the Adaptive Technologies Collection.

Big River: A King Corn Companion | Atrazine Affects the Water Supply

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Learn how waterways are polluted by agricultural pesticides such as atrazine--a herbicide commonly used on corn farms--in this video segment featuring live-action animation, adapted from the independent film Big River: A King Corn Companion. In addition, hear about health concerns related to atrazine exposure from contaminated drinking water.

Waste Deep

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Enhance your health, science, and environmental studies curriculum with this video which features a landfill in South Jersey and examines the state of food waste in America today. Then, use the accompanying lesson plan, "Making Mountains Out of Landfills: Telling a Visual Story of Waste," to prepare students to visually track and document different kinds of trash in their community.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Career Connections | Radiologist

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See fascinating images of the human heart with a cardiac radiologist who looks closely at ultrasounds, MRIs, & CT scans to diagnose heart problems.

Modifying Cell Genes Could Help Beat Blood Cancer

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Discover how an experimental treatment could help leukemia patients with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from March 17, 2015.

Why Are You Ignoring My iMessages?? | PBS Idea Channel

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Why are you ignoring my messages? Are read receipts amazing or infuriating? When you check iMessage on your iPhone, iWatch, iMac, or iPad and see a little note that says your friend saw your message, but they aren't responding, don't you wonder why they're ignoring your texts? 

Can Bullet Hell Games Be Meditative? | PBS Idea Channel

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Bullet Hell games are crazy. Their onslaught of lasers and bullets (also known as "dakka") seems overwhelming or even impossible to the uninitiated. Is playing these games an elaborate and stressful mastery of patterns and strategy? Or could it instead be a form of meditation? Maybe the way to find your way through the dakka is to fall into a mental autopilot in the face of complexity, finding harmony within the haze. Is this wild overstimulation a form of modern meditation? Watch the episode and tell us what you think!

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