Health Science Teacher, Wyandotte High School
How can we best help the Wyandotte Community understand the statistics of their health and overcome the probability of poor health cause by personal choices?
Health science class students will explore chronic diseases in Wyandotte County, collect public health data, and create an intervention to educate the members of their community on how to change their behaviors and/or prevent these chronic diseases. In math class, they will be learning about probabilities and statistics, analyzing health data to make decisions and support their interventions, creating surveys, graphing and analyzing data, and creating infographics for their presentation.
The Main Objectives of this unit are:
Student Role: Data Researcher and Reporters
Issue: Personal Choices affect your health. People are not changing their behavior and personal choices to better their health. People do not understand health statistics in context.
Problem/Challenge: We need to understand the data on personal choice health in context in order to make informed decisions about how to address these health concerns. We need to gather data concerning the health of the Wyandotte Community. Using this data we can create a document to synthesize and condense the researched information and statistics in an understandable and approachable format. We need to gather data on what form of marketing/advertisement will be most beneficial to helping the community make changes in their personal choices.
Action Taken: Gather data; Understand probabilities and statistics; Use data and conditional probability to make decisions; Create informational document; Be able to explain health and personal choices using statistics and probabilities in a health fair.
Purpose/Beneficiary: Better personal choices and health in Wyandotte community.
This lesson provides students with an introduction to ways of categorizing individuals and different communities for the purposes of conducting research. With this information, students will be able to start observing the differences between Wyandotte and Johnson counties.
This lesson gives students greater background on how professionals in the health field can use the skills they are learning in the classroom (ex. probability, chance, statistics). As well, the students will learn that research impact their life in ways they may not be aware of.
This lesson will provide the students with a chance to begin developing the skills needed to complete their final project. We will begin looking at several different kinds of graphs and tables and seeing how we can take data from one interpretation and put it into another. Then we will connect this to how health related subjects can be summarized in a table or graph, and how that points to health disparities.
This lesson presents students with another way of illustrating data in the form of a two-way frequency table. They will learn how to create one, how they are useful, and how they can be used to make predictions.
This lesson provides students with a clear outline of summative assessment for the unit. We will discuss how this unit ties into other classes that are focusing on similar issues regarding health concerns within their communities. Then we will discuss how the students will use the skills that they acquire throughout the unit to address a research question they generate.