Career Exploration Modules

Career Exploration Modules

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Eye In-A-Box Curriculum Set

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Eye In-A-Box

The Eye-In-A-Box features five stations plus multiple supplemental activities on the eye. At each station, students answer questions on their station notes, which can be collected for assessment or simply used to keep students on task.

Eye station activities:

  1. Anatomy Students use the eye model and the ophthalmoscope to view each others eyes before labeling the anatomy of the eye on a template.
  2. Vision testing Students use the vision testing chart to test each others vision. Students also use the Amsler grid to find the blind spot in their vision.
  3. Careers Students take the roles of health care professionals and decide how they would help the hypothetical patient using techniques commonly used by those professionals.
  4. Braille Students learn the origin of Braille and what the alphabet looks and feels like. Using cards with clues and Braille words, students try to read the word.
  5. Eye diseases Students learn about three eye diseases by wearing the simulation goggles and imagining the scenarios they read on accompanying cards.

Extensions to the eye stations include:

Bill Nye Eyeball DVD and curriculum

OHSU interview film local middle school students interview OHSU eye health professionals: an orthoptist, an eye surgeon, and an optometrist among others.

Blueprint for Health Eye chart

Eye Facts Poster

Eye Didnt Know That Laminated chart

Country Doctors videoThis one-hour PBS video was made in rural Oregon about the need for local health care providers.

Persistence of Vision Clock or fan

Three simulation goggles macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts

Life size eyeballs in a box

Eye model

Ophthalmoscope

Wild about Healthy Vision activities and reproducibles created by the National Eye Institute for learning about eye disease, eye safety, and first aid for eye injuries.

Animal Eyes Interesting background created by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology to share with students about how human and animal eyes differ; seeing in the dark; color vision, how the eye works, multiple eyes, and eye positions.

Museum of Vision: Seeing in 3D Step-by-step activities to teach students about the human visual system and visual perspectives using art techniques. Time and material requirements are detailed.

Vision Curriculum Three lessons created by the National Eye Institute: The Eyes and the Great Brain Connection! The Imperfect Eye and Eye Safety. Reproducibles for the anatomy of the eye, optical illusions, the visual system, eye safety, and eye-opening facts are included.

Books:

  • Eyes and Ears
  • She Touched the World (ages 9-12)
  • Sight
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Ear In-A-Box Curriculum Set

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Ear In-A-Box

The Ear-In-A-Box features five stations plus multiple supplemental activities on the eare. At each station, students answer questions on their station notes, which can be collected for assessment or simply used to keep students on task.

Ear station activities:

  1. Anatomy Students use a giant size ear model, inner ear graphic and the otoscope to examine each others ears and label the anatomy of the ear on a template.
  2. Dangerous Decibels Weve taken part of this national program aimed to teach about sound levels that are too loud for ear health, and put it into this station activity. A sound meter and hair dryer help students understand decibel levels. Pipe cleaners make a great visual for damaged hair cells.
  3. Careers Students take the roles of health care professionals and decide how to help the hypothetical patient given a set of common symptoms.
  4. Hearing loss Students use the modified roll-up piano to learn the difference between pitch and volume to better understand partial hearing loss. Students also learn the measurements of Hz and Db.
  5. The sound pathway Students learn about energy transduction by putting sound travel in order from hearing to brain.

Extensions to the ear stations include:

Bill Nye DVD, Sound, and curriculum

Dangerous Decibels DVD with curriculum

NIH Curriculum How Your Brain Understands What Your Ear Hears Complete set of five lessons with resources, student worksheets, and Oregon-specific content standards.

OHSU interview film Local middle school students interview OHSU ear-health professionals

Country Doctors video This one-hour PBS video was made in rural Oregon about the need for local health care providers.

Blueprint for Health Poster of the ear

Ear model with laminated reference card.

Books:

  • Ears and Eyes, Hearing, and Hearing (Sense and Sensors) - ages 9-12

Hearing aid

Roll-up Piano

Otoscope with attachments

Hair dryer

Sound meter

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Brain In-A-Box Curriculum Set

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Brain-In-A-Box

The Brain-In-A-Box features five stations plus multiple supplemental activities on the eare. At each station, students answer questions on their station notes, which can be collected for assessment or simply used to keep students on task.

Brain station activities:

  1. Brain exploration First students examine three different brains - two models and one animal brain. Then students learn hand signals that correspond to four key areas of their own brains, cerebral cortex, the cerebellum, the brainstem and the spinal cord, in order to remember those parts of the brain.
  2. Brain discoveries Students read two true stories, one of Phineas Gage and one of H.M., to understand two accounts of how we have learned more about the brain and how medical advancement changes our understanding.
  3. Brain connections Students construct a colorful "neuron" using pipe cleaners and then, as a group, they demonstrate neurotransmitters sending messages with the "pool float" simulation.
  4. Brain business Students learn that different parts of the brain control memory, language, emotion, and attention by working in pairs to test their responses with games and photos.
  5. Brain growth Students learn about dendrite growth from enriched environments by examining rat cage pictures and graphs of dendrite growth in the different environments.

Extensions to the brain stations include:

Bill Nye Brain DVD

Bill Nye Brain Curriculum

Country Doctors video - An hour-long DVD created by OPB about the need for health professionals in rural Oregon. This is more suited to a parent night or for older students.

NIH Curriculum Brain: Our Sense of Self Station 4 activities have been taken from this. There are five lessons with resources for further instruction and research. Oregon Content Standards are included.

Your Brain and Nerves Poster

Its Mindboggling! Publication by the Dana Alliance. Student-centered material with information and games. These are yours to keep.

Cross Section Brain Mode l Shows the students the areas of the brain. The main areas we concentrate on are the cerebral cortex, the cerebellum, the brainstem and the spinal cord.

Sheep Brain These brains must be kept in the sealed bag and not opened by students.

Diseased Brain Model This brain shows a healthy half and a diseased half with pathologies: tumors, a hematoma (from injury), alcoholism, Alzheimers, an aneurism, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease and stroke.

Pool Float Model

Jell-O brain mold makes a realistic brain you can eat great attention-grabber. Follow the Jell-O directions using the evaporated milk.

Books:

  • Aha! Hmm?
  • Brain, (ages 9-12)
  • Brain Facts (ages 12+)
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Guts In-A-Box Curriculum Set

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Guts In-A-Box

The Guts In-A-Box features five stations plus multiple supplemental activities on the eye. At each station, students answer questions on their station notes, which can be collected for assessment or simply used to keep students on task.

Guts station activities:

  1. Anatomy Students learn the anatomy of the digestive system by guessing whats in the Bag o Guts and reviewing the digestion poster. They then label their own templates and try to identify the function of each part.
  2. Informed eaters Students learn about nutrition by playing the pyramid game and taking a restaurant nutrition quiz.
  3. Careers Students take the roles of health care professionals and decide how they would help the hypothetical patient using techniques commonly used by those professionals.
  4. Gut disorders Students learn about digestive disorders, treatment techniques, and professionals who treat the disorders by examining the descriptions and pictures and trying to match them in sets.
  5. Malnutrition Students learn about malnutrition, both over-nutrition and under-nutrition, by reading the map/chart, taking a nutrition quiz and evaluating their own nutritional deficiencies. This station offers an excellent opportunity for extensions in geography and social studies.

Extensions to the guts stations include:

Bill Nye Digestion DVD and curriculum

The Science of Energy Balance NIH Curriculum with five lessons and Oregon Content Standards

Blueprint for Health chart of digestion

"Do the Math" poster

The Science of Fat video A good extension for older students, research projects, or sharing with families. This two-disc set has animations, experiments using mice, interviews of individuals, and much more.

Bag O Guts Simulated organs for Station 1 activities includes two intestine strands and one pancreas, liver, gall bladder, stomach, and appendix.

1 pound fat and muscle replicas

Colon model

Portion Distortion cards - students can quiz each other or themselves with these

Organ photographs

Books:

  • Guts
  • Burp (ages 9-12)
  • 101 Questions about Food and Digestion (ages 9-12)
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Bones & Muscles In-A-Box Curriculum Set

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Bones & Muscles In-A-Box

The Bones and Muscles In-A-Box features five stations plus multiple supplemental activities on the eye. At each station, students answer questions on their station notes, which can be collected for assessment or simply used to keep students on task.

Bones & Muscles station activities:

  1. Anatomy Students draw three types of muscle (skeletal, cardiac, and smooth) and the components inside of bone after examining graphics.
  2. Bone health Students learn what bone density means; how exercise and gravity enhance bone density; and how professionals examine bone-density x-rays to evaluate a persons bone health.
  3. Sports injury Students play the sports-injury game show to learn what sports commonly lead to injuries. One student is host and the others in the group are contestants.
  4. Bone and muscle disorders Students play the memory game to learn about bone and muscle disorders, their treatment, and the professionals who treat them..
  5. Muscle geography Students learn several muscles of the body by examining posters, making movements, and locating the list of muscles on each other using sticky notes.

Extensions to the bones and muscles stations include:

Bones and Muscles In-A-Box DVD- This is a 20-minute video of interviews with a sports medicine doctor and a massage therapist who work at Oregon Health & Science University.

Bill Nye Bones and Muscles DVD and curriculum

Emmanuels Gift DVD- the true account of an African athlete who continued his amazing involvement in sports with a prosthetic leg while inspiring all of those who watched him.

Foot modelThis is for use before, during, or after station activities

Clever Catch inflatable ball see extensions on page 3

Orthosis brace - This is for use before, during, or after station activities

Muscled elbow model Use this to present the difference between nerves (the yellow), tendons and ligaments (clear), muscle (red), and bone (white). The legend is on the bottom of the model.

Osteoporosis model For use with station 4

Exercise and muscle poster- Poster is used for station 5.

X-ray set- Students can identify bones on the x-rays after learning some of the names in the station activities. Activity ideas are included at the end of the teacher guide. This makes a fun extension activity.

Blueprint for Health Muscles chart These posters are used for station 1

Blueprint for Health Bones chart

Country Doctors video- This one-hour PBS video was made in rural Oregon about the need for local health care providers.

3-pound weight For use with Station 2

Books:

  • Bones
  • Muscles
  • Understanding your Bones and Muscles
  • Molly the Pony

NIH Curriculum Looking Good, Feeling Good, from the Inside Out - This seven-lesson curriculum created by the National Institute of Health offers many extensions for lessons about bone health, muscle use, and dietary needs, as well as lessons about skin health and anatomy.

Muscles and Bones From Inner Space to Outer space - curriculum

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Healthcare Helpers In-A-Box Elementary Curriculum Set

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Healthcare Helpers In-A-Box

This In-A-Box comes with all of the following outfits! It works best with K3/K4/K5 1st graders.

 

The Firefighter Set comes with a jacket, helmet, fire extinguisher, megaphone, and a book called, I Want to be a Firefighter.

Fireman Helper

The EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Set comes with a jacket and tool set.

EMT Helper Set

The Vet Set includes scrubs, a dog, tools, and a book called I Want to be a Vet.

Vet Helper Set

The Doctor Set comes with a tool set, a book called I Want to be a Doctor, and
will soon have scrubs.

Doctor Helper Set

The Nursing Set comes with scrubs, a book called I Want to be a Nurse, and a
stethoscope.

Nurse Helper Set

The Dentist Set includes a set of tools in a bag, a book called A Day in the Life
of a Dentist, and scrubs.

Dentist Helper Set

The Scientist Set comes with safety goggles, head lamp, and lab coat.

Scientist Helper Set


        
 
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