Health and Physical Education


Health and Physical Education

Water analysis; Access to drinking water; Household sanitation; Emotional health.


Responsibility, Sensitivity

Global Goal


Observation; Critical Thinking; Compare & Contrast; Collaboration; Questioning

Age Group

11-12 years / Grade 6

Learning Standards

Learning Standards: McREL International: 4. Knows how to maintain mental and emotional health. 7. Knows how to maintain and promote personal health. 8. Knows essential concepts about the prevention and control of a disease.




This is an inspiring story of children reaching out to change the system of discrimination in their village. Casteism is one of the rural social problems, which is very peculiar to the Indian society. To combat this, students of Satya Bharti School, Jaipur, Rajasthan in India decided to sensitize the citizens of their village by discussing, role plays, hunger strike, and rallies. The hunger strike by children shook the parents and elders in the community and helped them to realize the change that children were trying to bring. It is an example of that change is possible and children can drive it.

Lesson Plan

· In the video kids drink water without touching the utensil. Students can be divided into groups and guess why it is so. Do you share your drinking-glass with your classmates? Why or why not? The following article can be read and discussed: Sharing Drinks With Others: Can I Actually Catch a Disease?


· Students can carry out a tap water analysis in order to determine its potability. When can drinking water be considered potable?


· Does everyone have access to drinking water around the world? "In 41 countries, a fifth of people drink water from a source that is not protected from contamination," according to The Guardian. The teacher can show students those 5 infographics which capture the current situation worldwide and carry out a discussion.


· If possible: Students can choose a country and do research on the access to drinking water they have. They can make a poster, and then hold an exhibition to make people aware. What can we do to cope with this problem?


· Teacher can have a session on household sanitation. Does everyone in your town have a decent housing? What impact can it have on our health? Are citizens taking action? What can we do to improve their conditions?


· Teacher can drag emotional health into the spotlight. Do students know what it is about? An interesting reflection can be carried out. Teacher can ask students to put in their shoes: ‘How would they feel?’, ‘what about the Human Rights?’