We all know that sleep is important, but how important is it and how much do we actually need? What are the distractions that keep us from getting the rest we need at night?
Recent studies have shown that 1/3 of teens are sleep deprived getting around 7 hours a sleep a night when you actually need 9 hours of sleep a night to function at your highest potential during the day!!! You may say to yourself, “Oh I’m definitely one of the 2/3 of teens who are getting enough sleep” but how many of you can say you consistently get 9 hours of sleep on a normal night??? Hmmm… That’s what I thought!
And we all know one of the major culprits of teens not getting enough sleep at night. What do you think it might be?? Yep, you’re right, technology. Check out the articles, “Really? Using a Computer Before Bed Can Disrupt Sleep” and Screen Time Before Bedtime you’ll learn more about how using tech before bed can lead to you getting less zzzzz’s.
A recent article in the Atlantic entitled, Sleep Deprivation Makes Us look Sad and Unattractive, talks about why sleep is called beauty sleep! When you get sleep you not only feel better and more energetic, but you look more attractive!
And kids, did you know that getting enough sleep at night can help you maintain a healthy weight? The New York Times article Lost Sleep can Add to Weight Gain gives you more insight on just how sleep can help your body.
Once you’ve read all the articles and taken notes, chose one of the benefits of sleep that you find most interesting or maybe it’s something you want to make sure you remember and create a sleep advocacy poster. You may have to do a little more research on this specific sleep benefit to ensure your poster is filled with accurate, up to date information.
Here’s the rubric so you know exactly what to include:
Other Resources used in Health Class that could be helpful to your research:
Brain Pop: Tim and Moby talk about sleep.
Interesting article just came out a couple weeks ago from CNN about kids and teens and altering the outdated screen time recommendations. Check out the link to read the article and watch some informative videos.
Another great site to get current and valid information about technology and its affects on teens is from TeenBeing website.
A new documentary coming out called, “Being 13” is making big news in the States. Check out this article called “Why Some Thirteen Year Olds Check their phone 100 Times a Day” where you will find great facts about social media and how it affects every day teens. #beingthirteen
Another study happening in New York called “Being 12: The Year Everything Changes”. It’s full of pictures, images, and some videos about this crucial year in children’s lives.
Infographics are used quite a bit in reporting health news, as they’re a visually appealing way to get facts and statistics out to the community.
Here are some samples…
Today you’re going to create your own and demonstrate advocacy by taking your posters to a whole new level.
Project- Tech Balance Infographics
Standard 2- Analyzing the inﬂuence of technology on personal & family health.
Your task: pick one of the topics that we’ve been discussing during our technology balance unit, gather some research, and create an infographic to get your point across.
Here are some possible topics…
-Tech balance/ face-to-face communication
-impact of social media
-Time management/tech distractions
-The benefits of video games
-Mindfulness in a connected world
Pick a topic that interests you or another one of your choice, do some great research, and find at least four facts or statistics to include in your infographic to back up your topic.
Then use one of these easy to follow infographic programs and get started…
Click the link above for a few specific questions you can ask your child when they come home from school. As a parent I’m always looking for something new!
- List your family’s top 5 character strengths
- Write a paragraph on the origin of your family’s values (where did these values stem from?)
- Write a paragraph giving some examples of how your family uses their top values on a regular basis
- Write a paragraph on the connections between your family values and your own character strengths. Or if you don’t see connections, explain why you think this is so.
Can’t wait to learn more about your family and the values to strive to live by every day!
Reflect on the three PSA’s we just watched. Then answer the following questions with your partner in your journal.
- What made this PSA effective?
- What was the focus?
- What was the approach (humor, scare-tactics, thoughtful, inspiring?)
- Who was the intended audience?
Now focus on your advocacy cause. Answer the following questions.
- What are some of your fierce wonderings about your issue (list at least 5)?
- What will be the focus of your PSA (include facts and figures)?
- What will be your approach?
- Who is your intended audience?
Now get started! Create an outline of your PSA script and then share it with me before you get started!
Here are the PSA’s if you need to watch them again:
Part 1: First go to the Blue Zone Slide Show to see what Blue Zones are all about!!!!!
Hey all you 6th graders! So you just learned about the Wellness Wheel and the four main areas of our health: Physical, Social, Emotional and Mental. You also learned that you are at your best when these four areas are at healthy balance. But sometimes knowing actually HOW to maintain balance in these four areas can be tricky!
This is where you come in. We need your help. I know you just saw the slideshows and pictures of people living in BLUE ZONES. It’s crazy! People can’t stop talking about these places and we heard people who live in Blue Zones are special for some reason but we have yet to find out why. For some reason, I think the information we learn about blue zones could help us in some way. So let’s find out more about these BLUE ZONES!!!!
Begin your travels to the Blue Zones by clicking this link: Blue Zones Project-Word
You can go to any website, watch any video on Blue Zones, but make sure you copy and paste the URL’s of all the websites you use in on your note taking sheet.
Enjoy the ride!
PART 2: Setting your Goals
- Find someone who has the opposite character strengths as you to team up with (this way you can learn from each other!)
- Write four SMART goals, one for each side of your Wellness Wheel – physical, mental, emotional and social. Make sure your goal is action-based, not circumstance-based. If you’re having a hard time finding goals, remember what we learned from the Blue Zones, and set some based on the strengths you’d like to improve.
- Type them on the bottom of your Blue Zones research questions.
- Check your goals with your partner to make sure they’re SMART ones.
- Check your goals with me for final approval and any tweaking.
Part 3: The Podcast Interview
1. Write a script with your partner. You need to make sure you include all four of your goals, as well as which side of the Wellness Wheel they’re covering. Don’t forget to make your podcast entertaining and to let your individual strengths shine through!
2. Record your podcast. Using whichever voice recording program you feel most comfortable with, record your interview. It shouldn’t be more than five minutes long in total.
Here are some programs you could possibly use!
- Podomatic (free download by clicking on this link)
- Voice Candy (free download by clicking on this link)
- Quicktime Player (on your computer)
- Garageband (on computer)
3. Export to a sound file and put it in my inbox on the server.
Good luck and have fun!!
- You can use any medium to display your top strength. Ex: video, animation, podcast, poster with picture, pictures, etc. GET INNOVATIVE!
- Somehow, someway in your project you need to state
- how you embody this character strength
- how you use this strength on a regular basis
- the importance of the strength in your life.
You have heard senior year can be stressful… but it doesn’t have to be! Learn strategies and coping skills you can use during the college application season and throughout your college years as well.
Here’s what today’s going to look like:
- What are yours?????
- New York Times Article: More College Freshman Report Having Feeling Depressed
- FOMO Video! (Fear of Missing Out)
2. Stress Prevention…Ahhh
- What do you do to deal?
3. Meditative practice
- Why Is Meditation so beneficial?
4. Positive Communication and Skits
- Remember…reaching out to others is a great way to lessen and prevent stress
- Interactive Skits
5. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES!!!!
- Teen Mental Health-go here for any kind of question related to mental health. One. Stop. Shop
- Setting a curfew for your TECH and how this can influence sleep
- Stay Teen-relationship advice and guidance.
Have a fabulous SENIOR YEAR!