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Biorhythms Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

You can educate your students about biorhythms with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson, take a related quiz about biorhythms, and also participate in a fun hands-on activity that will help to reinforce newly learned concepts.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson about biorhythms your students will be able to:

  • Define the term biorhythm and explain the main cycles
  • Review the history of biorhythms from the late 19th century
  • Know the formula used to calculate biorhythms

Length

1 - 1.5 Hours

Materials

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to the precise details of explanations or descriptions.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

Intructions

  • Let your students know they are going to be studying the interesting but somewhat controversial topic of biorhythms.
  • Ask them if they are familiar with biorhythms or have even calculated their own biorhythms previously.
  • Pass out copies of the text lesson Biorhythms: Definition, History & Calculation.
  • Read the introduction and the first section titled 'Biorhythm Defined.' Ask your students the following:
    • What methods have people used to try and predict the future?
    • How do science and pseudoscience differ? Into which category does the study of biorhythms fall?
    • When did the study of biorhythms originate and when did it become popular?
    • On what is the concept of biorhythms based?
    • How are math formulas used in biorhythms, and what are highs and lows called?
    • What are the three main biorhythm cycles, and what are three other cycles?
    • How are the three main cycles broken into periods?
  • Now read the section 'History.' Go over the following questions with your class:
    • Who was Wilhelm Fliess and what did he conclude about biorhythms?
    • Who was the famous psychiatrist who was a friend of Wilhelm Fliess?
    • How did three other scientists contribute to the field of biorhythms?
    • Are most of the biorhythm studies in scientific journals considered valid?
  • Next read the section 'Formulas and Calculation.' Then go over the following questions:
    • Which waves are utilized for calculating biorhythms, and what type of curves are they?
    • How do the three formulas differ?
    • How is the midline on a biorhythm graph so important in determining the type of days a person will have?
  • Finally, read the section 'Lesson Summary' and then review the text lesson in its entirety.
  • Have the students take the lesson quiz so you may determine if they have grasped the new material.

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