Quick summary: We all go to the toilet, it’s important for our body’s natural function, but have you ever wondered why our wee changes colour? In this lesson students explore the colour of wee as a sign of a ‘healthy me’. The colour of wee tells a hydration story, about how your body is filtering fluids. The students discover a simple way to show if your body has enough water. Students create a helpful colour wheel to use as an indicator of the water in their body. They explore how sugar levels change in the blood and how this is all related to the water we drink.
- Students understand how kidneys help the body function
- Students understand how water helps hydrate their bodies
- Students understand why sugar affects their bodies.
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 3 & 4 HPE:
- Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS036)
- Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (ACPPS039)
Syllabus outcomes: PHS2.12, SLS2.13
General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking
Relevant parts of Year 3 & 4 HPE achievement standards:
Students interpret health messages and discuss the influences on healthy and safe choices. They understand the benefits of being healthy and physically active. They describe the connections they have to their community and identify local resources to support their health, wellbeing, safety and physical activity.
Students apply strategies for working cooperatively and apply rules fairly. They use decision-making and problem-solving skills to select and demonstrate strategies that help them stay safe, healthy and active.
Topic: Health and Wellbeing.
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Sugar By Half.
Time required: 60 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussions and lead student activities.
- A device capable of presenting images to the class, such as an iPad, computer, projector, interactive whiteboard, etc
- Coloured pencils in shades of yellow and brown, split pins, paper, scissors
- Hydration Chart
- Split pins for paper enough for each student
- Scissors for each student to use
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student
- Template colour wheel for each student.
Keywords: human body, kidneys, hydration, nutrients, sugar, health, and wellbeing.
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