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Health Education - 12th
title: 'Exploring the Effects of Social Media on Mental Health' compliance: 'Health Education Standards' subject: 'Health Education' summary: 'Engage your twelfth-grade students in a project that explores the effects of social media on mental health, while enhancing their critical thinking and research skills.' topic: 'Effects of Social Media on Mental Health' Learning Outcomes: - Understand the impact of social media on mental health - Analyze the positive and negative effects of social media on mental well-being - Develop critical thinking and research skills - Enhance communication and presentation skills Methodology: 1. Introduction (10 minutes): - Begin the activity by discussing the prevalence of social media in today's society and its influence on mental health. - Present statistics and research findings on the topic to spark interest and curiosity. 2. Research and Analysis (60 minutes): - Divide students into small groups and assign each group a specific aspect of social media and mental health to research (e.g., cyberbullying, body image issues, FOMO). - Provide students with a list of credible resources (websites, articles, research papers) to gather information from. - Instruct students to critically analyze the collected data, identifying both positive and negative effects of social media on mental well-being. 3. Group Discussion (20 minutes): - Bring the groups together for a class discussion, allowing each group to present their findings and insights. - Encourage students to engage in respectful debates and share their personal experiences related to the topic. 4. Creative Presentation (30 minutes): - Instruct each group to create a creative presentation (e.g., PowerPoint, video, infographic) summarizing their research findings. - Emphasize the importance of clear communication and visual appeal in their presentations. 5. Presentation and Reflection (20 minutes): - Allocate time for each group to present their projects to the class. - After each presentation, facilitate a brief Q&A session to encourage critical thinking and reflection. - Encourage students to provide constructive feedback to their peers. 6. Individual Reflection (10 minutes): - Ask students to individually reflect on the activity and write a short paragraph discussing their key takeaways and any changes they plan to make in their own social media usage. Resources/Materials Required: - Computers or laptops with internet access - Projector or smartboard for presentations - List of credible resources - Presentation tools (PowerPoint, video editing software, infographic makers) - Writing materials for individual reflections Instructions: 1. Begin by introducing the topic of social media and mental health, providing relevant statistics and research findings. 2. Divide students into small groups and assign each group a specific aspect of social media and mental health to research. 3. Provide students with a list of credible resources to gather information from. 4. Instruct students to analyze the collected data, identifying both positive and negative effects of social media on mental well-being. 5. Bring the groups together for a class discussion, allowing each group to present their findings and insights. 6. Instruct each group to create a creative presentation summarizing their research findings. 7. Allocate time for each group to present their projects to the class. 8. Facilitate a brief Q&A session after each presentation to encourage critical thinking and reflection. 9. Ask students to individually reflect on the activity and write a short paragraph discussing their key takeaways and any changes they plan to make in their own social media usage. Assessment: - Group research and analysis - Group presentation - Class participation in the discussion - Individual reflection By the end of this activity, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the effects of social media on mental health, developed critical thinking and research skills, enhanced their communication and presentation abilities, and reflected on their own social media usage.

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