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If Those Dolls Were Real People?

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Description:
Students take measurements of a favorite category of children's toys action figures and fashion dolls. They'll use ratios to chart what those action figures and fashion dolls would look like if they were the height of an average U.S. man or woman. They will then discuss what effect they think toys like these might have on a young child's perspective of what is normal, and how this may affect mental and physical health.

Objectives:
Students will:

  • Take accurate measurements
  • Calculate ratios
  • Describe/show how media, and even the toys they play with, can shape perceptions of how both boys and girls should look
  • Describe how messages about body image can affect both mental and physical health

 

Relevant Standards:
This activity fulfills science and health education standards.

BAM! Body and Mind Resources:

  • Your Body — This section provides information on how students can take care of their body. Students can get tips on hand washing and oral hygiene. They also learn about puberty and how their genes affect how they look and act as well as their health.
  • Your Life — This section offers students suggestions on learning how to handle stress, bullying, peer pressure, anger, and more. Features include the Stress-O-Meter quiz and the Ad Decoder, which help kids uncover the false messages behind ads that target them.

 

 

 

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