K–12 Health Education That Works!
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Lesson 7: Reading Body Signals


Students think about what happens when they feel sick and identify body signals that let them know they aren’t feeling well. They learn the important rule about only using medicines with the help of an adult, and identify trusted adults whom they can ask for help when feeling ill.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify different signals from the body that can help them recognize an illness.
  2. Identify trusted adults at home and in school who can help them when they are sick.
  3. Describe how to use medicines correctly with the help of an adult.
  4. Identify rules about use of medicines.

Time: 40 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-1: Avoid misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
  • PHW-10: Seek out help for common infectious diseases and chronic diseases and conditions.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.1: Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
  • Standard 3: Accessing Resources
  • Performance Indicator 3.2.1: Identify trusted adults and professionals who can help promote health.
  • Standard 8: Advocacy
  • Performance Indicator 8.2.1: Make requests to promote personal health.