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Lesson 3

Understanding the Spine

Timing: 2 x 45 minute blocks

CROSS-CURRICULAR: Sciences, Fine Arts, Health and Career Education

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Sample Grade 5

OVERVIEW: This lesson examines the spinal cord, related injuries and how these injuries occur.

CURRICULUM SKILLS / KNOWLEDGE / VALUES:
Students will:

  • study the spine and learn how an injury at certain levels of the spine results in specific disabilities
  • learn how some spinal injuries occur

TEACHING MATERIALS:

Teaching Activities

  1. With the class, share and discuss the diagram of the spine on an overhead. Hand out the Spinal Cord Worksheet for the students to complete.
  2. With the class, brainstorm how spinal cord injuries can occur. Discuss the difference between a paraplegic and a quadriplegic.
  3. With the class, discuss how we can participate in activities safely and what students can do to prevent spinal cord injuries (e.g. seat belts, not diving in shallow water).
  4. In small groups or individually, create a safety poster/brochure that demonstrates an understanding of at least one of the safety aspects discussed.