Teacher’s Guide: Must See This Month
Check out the DNews video “Can We Predict Which Teenagers Will Binge Drink?” for the results of a study conducted by neurologists. They used brain scans on 700 14-year-olds to determine which factors might help them predict who was going to start abusing alcohol by age 16.
Pp. 2–3: “Should Schools Punish Cyberbullies?”
• Megan Meier was an early victim of cyberbullying—she took her own life in 2006—and her mother founded the Megan Meier Foundation to promote awareness and education in response to cyberbullying and suicide.
• For information on current laws and legislation related to bullying and cyberbulling, visit http://www.stopbullying.gov/laws/
• Read a summary of the UCLA study about the impact of bullying and cyberbullying on academic performance.
Pp. 4–9: “The Danger Lurking in Just One”
• A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience links teen binge drinking to long-term brain changes.
• The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has a resource section for youth with fact, prevention tips and advice.
• For more on Taylor Meyer’s story, visit the website her mother Kathi started. Since Taylor’s death, Kathi has become an alcohol awareness speaker to help teens deal with the difficult choices they have to make every day.
Pp. 10–15: “Broken Athletes”
• Read more about Kellen’s success, surgeries, and his life after deciding to give up baseball.
• If you’d like to see diagrams of exactly what’s going on—orthopedically—when a young athlete is diagnosed with little leaguer’s elbow or shoulder, visit: http://www.hopkinsortho.org/throwing.html.
• Check out a short video, more recommendations for preventing overuse injuries in children and teens, and links to resources.
Pp. 16–19: “Make Over My Meal!”
• To go in-depth on the MyPlate initiative, visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov, where you can find videos, resources for healthy eating on a budget, and lesson plans.
• Introduce students to the SuperTracker site, where they can learn not only what to eat, but how much to eat as well. They can also get personalized nutrition and physical activity plans.
• If you’re looking for printable MyPlate graphics to inspire your students in your classroom, you can find them here: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/print-materials-ordering/graphic-resources.html. You can also find the graphics in multiple languages.
Pp. 20–23: Shanice Is a Native American”
• Learn about the reservation where Shanice lives in Covelo, California.
• According to an article in The Washington Post, the suicide rate of Native American children on reservations is more than three times the national average. In some places, it is up to ten times the national average.
• Read an essay written by Shanice for the Young Native Writers Essay Contest called “Big Shoes to Fill."