All About Allergies: A Unit Study
- Monday, March 30, 2009
• Make a poster showing the most common allergens.
• If you’ve ever wondered whether or not you have a food allergy, a good way to test yourself is to keep a food diary. Create a chart with the days of the week listed across the top. Going down the left side, write each meal and snack and what time you eat them. Now, under each day of the week, write down everything you eat at each meal and snack time. In a separate column, write down any reactions you may have. Be sure to follow your doctor’s advice.
Sometimes we might wonder why God allows us to develop allergies to foods, pets, or outdoor pollutants. By reading God’s Word, we can be comforted, encouraged, and ready to share God’s truths with others who have allergies.
• Memorize Romans 8:28.
• Copy Psalm 139 in your notebook. Memorize verses 13-17.
• Memorize Psalm 31:24.
• Read Genesis 1:31 several times. Copy Genesis chapter 1 in your notebook.
• Ask your family, church family, or friends what they are allergic to. Make a bar graph to show the kinds of allergies they have. How many people are allergic to animals? What fraction of your friends and family have allergies to foods?
• Check pollen counts in your area on the Internet or in the newspaper (many weather reports include pollen counts). When are pollen counts the highest? When are they at their lowest?
• Asthma is a common reaction to allergies. Gather your family together and time their breathing. Compare how many breaths they take per minute, hour, day, and year. You can experience what it’s like to have asthma by running in place for one minute while breathing through a drinking straw. How many breaths can you take per minute? How would having asthma affect your daily activities?
• Allie The Allergic Elephant: A Children’s Story About Peanut Allergies by Nicole Smith.
• Zooallergy : A Fun Story About Allergy and Asthma Triggers by Terri Ravanelli.
• Aaron’s Awful Allergies by Troon Harrison.
• Incredible Edible Gluten-Free Food for Kids: 150 Family-Tested Recipes by Sheri L. Sanderson
• Allergies (My Health Series) by Alvin Silverstein.
• Living with Allergies (Teen’s Guides) by Paul Ehrlich.
• The Complete Kid’s Allergy and Asthma Guide: The Parent’s Handbook for Children by Robert Rose.
• Pretend that you are a journalist. Write an article explaining to the public what allergies are and what symptoms they should be looking for. Mention restaurants in town that serve allergy-free meals. Share a recipe that does not contain the eight most common allergens. Tell your readers what new tests are available from their doctors. Remind them of what to do if they have an asthma attack.
• Pick three allergens and pretend you have just discovered that you are allergic to them. Write a letter to your friend and tell them how you made your discovery and how your life has changed because of your new allergies.
• For in-depth information on environmental allergies, food allergies, triggers, and treatments, visit www.webmd.com/allergies.
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