Calcium Lesson Plan for High School

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

Students will understand the origin and benefits of calcium in this lesson plan. They will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the chemical make-up of calcium
  • explain the origin of calcium
  • discuss the benefits of calcium


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.


Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.



Prior to the Lesson

  • Prior to this lesson, ask students to track their calcium over a weekend: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Tell them they can use an online or smartphone app food tracker.


  • Begin this lesson by asking students to discuss the benefits of calcium.
  • Then tell them that this lesson explores those benefits and other information about calcium.
  • Distribute the Calcium Ions: Definition & Formula lesson, play the video, pause at 1:10, then start the following discussion:
    • Describe the chemical make-up of a calcium ion.
    • Where is calcium found in nature?
    • What does the author mean by 'is very reactive by itself in nature'?
  • Now restart the video, pause at 1:59, then pose the following:
    • Describe the benefits of calcium.
    • Explain how the color white is found in bones, teeth and shells.
    • Why is milk white?
  • Next play the video until the end, then provide these prompts:
    • What happens without sufficient calcium in our bodies?
    • Discuss where calcium is stored in our bodies.
    • Calcium is a neurotransmitter, explain.
  • Now show the lesson quiz and asks students to write down the answers, then review.

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