May: Health Awareness

Advisory Activities

May 2016 

Grades 6-8

Day 1:

First, let's transition from research ATL (approaches to Teaching and Learning) skills to thinking ATL skills by completing the post evaluation for research skills and the pre evaluation for thinking skills.

Next, go to the following website and browse what it is all about. This is in preparation for the focus of this month's global theme, health awareness. Limbs International is an organization that designed and provides prosthetic limbs to people in developing countries in addition to the training needed to maintain them for a fraction of the cost of other types of prosthetics. In these lessons you are going to learn the impact of losing a limb in these countries and what Limbs International has done to help the problem.

Day 2:

Today, begin the Limbs 101 activity to introduce the global theme for the month, Health Awareness. This month during advisory you are going to be looking in depth at the effects a lost limb have on people in developing countries. In the first activity (over the next few days) you will:

Look at how many people in developing countries have lost limbs by calculating proportional relationships.

Research the countries Limbs International works in to see what life would be like without a limb.

Brainstorm ways they could take action.

Today, complete the following steps:

  1. How many miles would a line of 200,000 people shoulder to shoulder stretch?

    1. in your team estimate a distance

    2. record that distance

  2. Procedure:

    1. Each team stands side-by-side and shoulder-to-shoulder

    2. The person on one end, places the tape down by his/her outside foot to create one endpoint

    3. The team stretches the tape to the end of the line

    4. The person on the other end, places the tape down by his/her outside foot to create the other endpoint

    5. The team measures the length of the tape in yards.

You will need their measurement next class so make sure someone in the team records it!

Day 3:

Today, continue with their Limbs 101 activity by following these steps:

Each team will create a chart to calculate how long the line would be for different numbers of people up to 200,000. Copies of the charts have been provided. You will complete 1 chart per 2 people in your team.

Limbs 101 Chart

Each team will use the measurement they took last class to calculate the different distances for the number of people on the chart. If you measured 3 yards for 4 people (your team), then that would be 15 yards for 20 people, etc. etc.

In order to calculate proportional relationships, look at what you had to do to the first number, and perform the same operation to the second number. 

For example, to get from 4 to 20 (people) you have to multiply by 5, so to get from 3 yards to x, multiply by 5.

Then, calculate how far in miles 200,000 people would stretch.

200,000 people is the number of people per year in developing countries who lose a limb.

The American Red Cross provides 20,000 prosthetic legs to these children and adults. 


How many children and adults are left each year without any hope of receiving a prosthetic leg?

How long many miles would that line stretch?

You will continue this lesson next class!

Day 4:

Today and Next Wednesday, using the calculations from last class, complete the following:

200,000 children and adults per year in developing countries (poorest parts of the world) lose a leg above the knee.

The American Red Cross provides 20,000 prosthetic legs to these children and adults.

How many children and adults are left each year without any hope of receiving a prosthetic leg?

How far from our school would this line stretch?

Using physical state maps or internet maps, find and identify 4 places which are that many miles from your town.

How would losing a leg impact the life of a disadvantaged person living in a developing country?

Each team will be assigned one of the following locations:

Kijabe, Kenya

Malumghat, Bangladesh

New Delhi, India

Dakar, Senegal

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Centro de Miembros Artificiales - La Paz, Bolivia

Research the following in those locations:

Living conditions in the poorest parts of the area

Roads and Modes of transportation for disadvantaged people

Availability of water for disadvantaged people

Typical type of bed

Create a visual to show 10 things that would become difficult for a disadvantaged person who lost a leg in

their location.

Day 5:

Today, you are going to reflect on World Health Day and then on Wednesday you will finish their Limbs 101 activity.

Using your reflection pamphlet from World Health Day, complete the reflection survey on the Community Service page of our school website or click here to access the survey.

Day 6:

Today, finish up the lesson you began on Wednesday by completing their research and sharing your findings with the class.

Then, watch this video

YouTube Video

Respond to this question in writing

How does Limbs International approach the issue of lost limbs and why is it different than other approaches to solving problems?

Day 7:

Taking Action:

You have learned about how to take action in a sustainable way. Brainstorm ideas for how you might take action using one of the health topics you learned about on Health Day. Try to come up with ideas that go beyond just donating money. How can they make a sustainable difference on an issue and what action could they take?


Topic: Smoking

Action: Create an anti-smoking campaign and present at local schools to keep kids from starting.

as opposed to: fundraiser for lung cancer research

Day 8:

Create a personal creative work depicting a health issue you learned about this month. Use anything you saw on Health Day or from the Limbs 101 activity to:

write a poem

draw and write a cartoon

create a piece of artwork

write a short story

compose a song

choreograph a dance


any other great idea you might have for a creative piece inspired by Health Awareness month!