Healthy Living, Grade 10: STEM Road Map for High School

edited by: Carla C. Johnson, Janet B. Walton, and Erin Peters-Burton

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What if you could challenge your 10th graders to develop a product or process that helps people embrace diet and exercise and has a positive impact on society? With this volume in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series, you can!

Healthy Living outlines a journey that will steer your students toward authentic problem solving while grounding them in integrated STEM disciplines. Like the other volumes in the series, this book is designed to meet the growing need to infuse real-world learning into K–12 classrooms.

This interdisciplinary, three-lesson module uses project- and problem-based learning to help students build their knowledge about health from the varied perspectives of a cell biologist, nutrition scientist, biochemist, physiologist, public health practitioner, and consumer. To support this goal, students will do the following:

• Explain how diet and exercise affect an individual’s health at a cellular level.
• Explain the extent to which certain foods (plant, animal, or industry-produced) are beneficial for health.
• Critically evaluate media messages and scientific research about healthy lifestyles.
• Analyze the effects of individuals’ health choices on the community.
• Interview community stakeholders about factors that harm or enhance health.
• Use an engineering design process to create a prototype that individuals can use to manage their nutrition or exercise regimen.
• Create a video documentary demonstrating their understanding of a healthy lifestyle.

The STEM Road Map Curriculum Series is anchored in the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Framework for 21st Century Learning. In-depth and flexible, Healthy Living can be used as a whole unit or in part to meet the needs of districts, schools, and teachers who are charting a course toward an integrated STEM approach.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Editors and Authors


Part 1: The STEM Road Map: Background, Theory, and Practice

1 Overview of the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

Standards-Based Approach

Themes in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

The Need for an Integrated STEM Approach

Framework for STEM Integration in the Classroom

The Need for the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series


2 Strategies Used in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

Project- and Problem-Based Learning

Engineering Design Process

Learning Cycle

STEM Research Notebook

The Role of Assessment in the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

Self-Regulated Learning Theory in the STEM Road Map Modules

Safety in STEM


Part 2: Healthy Living: STEM Road Map Module

3 Healthy Living Module Overview

Module Summary

Established Goals and Objectives

Challenge or Problem for Students to Solve: The Healthy Living Documentary Challenge

Content Standards Addressed in This STEM Road Map Module

STEM Research Notebook

Module Launch

Prerequisite Skills for the Module

Potential STEM Misconceptions

SRL Process Components

Strategies for Differentiating Instruction Within This Module

Strategies for English Language Learners

Safety Considerations for the Activities in This Module

Desired Outcomes and Monitoring Success

Assessment Plan Overview and Map

Module Timeline



Chapter 4: Healthy Living Lesson Plans

Lesson Plan 1: You Are What You Eat

Lesson Plan 2: Healthy Living, Healthy Community

Lesson Plan 3: Cells Are the Building Blocks of Health

5 Transforming Learning With Healthy Living and the STEM Road Map Curriculum Series

Appendix: Content Standards Addressed in This Module


Grade Levels

High School


Biology Curriculum Instructional Materials Interdisciplinary Lesson Plans Life Science STEM Teacher Preparation


Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 5/26/2020Pages 140ISBN 978-1-68140-495-0Stock # PB425X17

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