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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

Length

60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.1

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.3

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.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4

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.

Materials

Instructions

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.

Lesson

  • 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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