Elementary Health Education

A Closer Look

What's Covered in Elementary Health

Elementary Educators are required to teach at least 20 health lessons a year. We recommend teachers teach 3 or more lessons in each of the 7 health categories:

  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Injury Prevention and Safety
  • Personal and Community Health
  • Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs
  • LGBTQ, Family Diversity, and Gender
  • Growth and Development
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity

For more information about what is assessed at each grade level, visit the Standards-Based Report Card page


Health education is taught from the following district-approved curricula:

  • HealthSmart (ETR)- comprehensive health education

  • Second Step (Committee for Children) - social emotional learning

  • Planned Parenthood - gr5/6 puberty curriculum

To learn more about these curricula, visit the Elementary Curricula Page

Teachers, please login and use the SEL and Health Lessons Portal to find Health and SEL lessons.

Health Advocates

Health Advocates play a vital role at elementary sites promoting health education for all students K-5. They disseminate health related information from central office and help create a health positive environment at their school site. For more information, please go to our Health Advocate Page.

Request Resources

Request Resources by emailing tiuk@sfusd.edu

This page was last updated on March 8, 2022