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T21 Project Goals

2009 New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards


Standards:  2.1 Wellness: All students will acquire health promotion concepts and skills to support a healthy, active lifestyle.


Strands:  C. Diseases and Health Conditions


Essential Questions

Enduring Understandings

·         Why do more children have asthma now then 20 years ago?



·         What is the correlation between asthma and air quality?


·         Immune systems are reacting to allergens from not having enough exposure to bacteria to create natural immunity.

·         Asthma and allergen triggers include industrial pollutants like sulfites and other chemicals like chloramines--which are produced in water treatment and open treated water like that found in swimming pools.  These airborne irritants contribute to increased cases of asthma as well as other respiratory illnesses.

·         Most affected by the increase of industrial and environmental pollution--most of which can be traced to the increased use of carbon-based fuels--are children.


Classroom Applications

Technology Integration


Summarize means of detecting and treating diseases and health conditions that are prevalent in adolescents.





Determine the impact of public health strategies in preventing diseases and health conditions.

Instructional Guidance

·         Hands on Asthma straw breathing experiment.

·         Slow breathing exercises.

·         Textbook and notes on Allergen triggers and Asthma.



Technology Integration

·         Students will use various websites to research Allergies and Asthma.

·         Students may use Skype, blogs and e-mail for collaboration.



Formative: Chapter Tests on Non-communicable Diseases.


Summative: See final project rubric for culminating activity.