Elementary Health Education

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Resources for K-5 Educators

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) requires that all elementary school students receive a minimum of 20 lessons of health education. SFUSD recommends that teachers use the following lessons in each subject area.

Elementary Health

Elementary Educators are required to teach at least 20 health lessons a year. We recommend teachers teach about 3 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

 

Please use Healthsmart for to find lessons. For login instructions please see your health advocate or Michael Drum.

 

We encourage each school to have a health advocate to help disseminate health information and support health instruction. If you are unsure of the health advocate at your school or would like to be the health advocate, please contact us. The Health Advocate is a stipended position.

 

Health and Report Cards

Each grade has 3 health standards assessed for the sBRC. Please check your grade below for which standards are assessed and corresponding lessons.

 

 

Grade K

  • Identifies and practices basic hygiene
  • Understands and applies basic safety concepts
  • Identifies and chooses healthy foods and activities

 

Grade 1

  • Describes how humans and other living things grow and names major body parts
  • Explains and applies ways to stay healthy (oral & personal hygiene practices; sun safety; prevention of disease & germ transmission - hand washing, covering coughs & sneezes)
  • Identifies and explains safe and unsafe practices (identifying labels on products; distinguishing safe & unsafe touches and using refusal skills; explaining use of seat belt & sitting in back seat of vehicle; defining conflict resolution techniques)

 

Grade 2

  • Identifies and chooses healthy foods according to MyPlate recommendations
  • Distinguishes between helpful and harmful substances, and makes healthy choices accordingly (medicines, drugs, & household products)
  • Knows and practices healthy behaviors to promote mental wellness (describes & manages various emotions; talks with parents/trusted adult about feelings; lists expressions of affection, love, friendship, & concern; identifies ways of dealing with stress)

 

Grade 3

  • Explains and practices positive peer and family relationships (shows respect, gets along with, communicates, helps others)
  • Identifies and demonstrates health practices that reduce illness and disease caused by bacteria and viruses (hand washing, covering sneezes and coughs, eating healthy, physical activity, rest/sleep)
  • Recognizes and demonstrates respect for individual differences in growth and development

 

Grade 4

  • Describes how to use a decision making process to select nutritious foods, beverages, and physical activities
  • Describes the types and effects of bullying and harassment behaviors and demonstrates how to be an ally
  • Describes the effects of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and strategies to avoid substance abuse

 

Grade 5

  • Explains viruses (including HIV) and bacteria, and their relationship to the immune system; practices health-enhancing behaviors (for example, covers coughs and sneezes, avoids contact with others’ bodily fluids)
  • Explains internal (biological signals) and external influences (media, peers, family, culture) that affect food choices and physical activity and accesses valid information (nutrition facts, other credible references)
  • Explains the structures and functions of major organs in the human reproductive system (including the social, emotional, and physical changes that occur during puberty)

Resources by Subject Area

Mental / Emotional

Elementary School Violence Prevention LessonsGun Violence Lessons

Curriculum

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ETR Health Smart online

HealthSmart is ETR’s comprehensive K-12 health education program. It gives children and youth the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices and establish life-long health behaviors. HealthSmart allows the teacher to select and search for lessons. (Please contact your Health Advocate or our office to access HealthSmart lessons.)

HealthSmart recommended lessons:

  • Kindergarten: Lessons 1, 2, 3, 11
  • Grade 1: Lessons 1-4, 18
  • Grade 2: Lessons 1-4, 14, 15
  • Grade 3: Lessons 1-5, 14, 15, 16
  • Grade 4: Lessons 1- 6, 13, 14, 15
  • Grade 5: Lessons 1, 2, 3, 7-13

 

Health Ed - Second Step K-5 Bundle

Second Step

Social-emotional skills—like math skills—build on each other. Our universal, classroom-based program is designed to teach children how to understand and manage their emotions, control their reactions, be aware of others’ feelings, and have the skills to problem-solve and make responsible decisions. Each grade-level kit includes easy-to-teach, short weekly lessons, engaging songs and games, and daily activities and take-home materials to reinforce learning

Learn more, view video at YouTube

 

 

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Too Good for Violence K-5

helps elementary students differentiate between feelings and actions, encourage respect between peers, and celebrate diversity. Program lessons and activities help kids handle bullying, and choose alternatives to violence.  Too Good for Violence K-5

Recommended Lessons

  • Grade 1: Lessons 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Grade 2: Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Grade 3: Lessons 1, 3, 5, 6, 7
  • Grade 4: Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Grade 5: Lessons 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

 

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Bullying Prevention

Free bullying prevention resources from Committee for Children. View at cfchildren.org

Growth / Development

Growing Bodies Active Consent Lessons | Sexual Harassment/Violence Lessons

Curriculum

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ETR Health Smart online

HealthSmart is ETR’s comprehensive K-12 health education program.  It gives children and youth the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices and establish life-long health behaviors.  HealthSmart allows the teacher to select and search for lessons. (Please contact your Health Advocate or our office to access HealthSmart lessons.)

HealthSmart recommended lessons:

  • Kindergarten: Lessons 1-4, 24, 25
  • Grade 1: Lessons 1-4, 8, 24, 25
  • Grade 2: Lessons 1-4, 7, 20
  • Grade 3: Lessons 1-5
  • Grade 4: Lessons 4-6
  • Grade 5: Lessons 1-3

Puberty

  • Grade 4: Lessons 25-28
  • Grade 5: Lessons 32-38

Safe touch

  • Kindergarten: Lessons 10, 20
  • Grade 1: Lessons 9, 20
  • Grade 3: Lessons 16
  • Grade 4: Lessons  27

 

 

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Child Safety Awareness Curriculum

In partnership with the Office of School Health Programs, the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center (the Prevention Center) has adapted its Child Safety Awareness (CSA) curriculum—consisting of two lessons on safe and unsafe touches, assertiveness, and the development of a support system—for classroom teacher implementation. This revised content can be delivered in two thirty-minute lessons and extended as needed. Content for grades K-3 focuses on safe and unsafe touch as well as connecting with supportive adults. Lessons for grades 4 and 5 include additional content on internet safety and bullying.

 

 

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Proctor and Gamble online

Free videos about Puberty from Proctor and Gamble are available online. You can order one for your classroom or stream them from the website. You will not be able to fast forward if you stream it. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video choices and script.

  • Always Changing – Co-ed (26 minutes)
  • Always Changing – Girls (16.44 minutes)
  • Always Changing – Boys (18.45 minutes)

 

 

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood Puberty Lessons

This community services, education and outreach program is one of the largest in the country. The high quality programming includes puberty education, comprehensive sex education, parent/caregiver education, and professional development trainings. Trained health educators are innovators who utilize the resources of the entire organization to tailor programs and services that fit the diverse needs of the many communities we serve. All of the education programming is medically accurate, age and developmentally appropriate, bias-free, and non-judgmental.

SFUSD teachers please email healthed@healthiersf.org for a copy of the lessons.

 

 

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Tell Me About AIDS

Tell Me About AIDS provides developmentally appropriate and sequential HIV education

 

 

Boys Growing Up, Girls Growing Up

A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up / A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up

A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up and A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up videos provide puberty education for students with special needs. Recommended for Grade 3.

 

 F.L.A.S.H.

F.L.A.S.H

F.L.A.S.H. is a widely used comprehensive sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health Seattle–King County.

 

 

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iMatter

iMattercreated by the Population Council, provides an integrated approach to teaching younger adolescents about gender, puberty, and rights. It aims to foster students’ social and emotional learning and to promote their connectedness to school.

Recommended Curriculum

Grade 1
Tell Me About AIDS

Grade 2
Tell Me About AIDS

Grade 3
Tell Me About AIDS
A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up
A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up

Grade 4
Tell Me About AIDS
Flash Puberty: Day 1 and 2

Grade 5
Tell Me About AIDS
iMatter
Flash Puberty: Day 1 and 2

Substance Use

Substance Use  Lessons

Curriculum

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ETR HealthSmart online

HealthSmart is ETR’s comprehensive K-12 health education program.  It gives children and youth the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices and establish life-long health behaviors.  HealthSmart allows the teacher to select and search for lessons. (Please contact your Health Advocate or our office to access HealthSmart lessons.)

HealthSmart recommended lessons:

  • Kindergarten: Lessons 26-30
  • Grade 1: Lessons 26-29
  • Grade 2: Lessons 23-26
  • Grade 3: Lessons 25-29
  • Grade 4: Lessons 20-24
  • Grade 5: Lessons 24-31

 

 

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Too Good for Drugs

Too Good for Drugs is a universal prevention program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. The program introduces and develops social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure.

Recommended Lessons

  • Grade 1: Lessons 1, 7, 8
  • Grade 2: Lessons 1, 8, 9
  • Grade 3: Lessons 1, 2, 6
  • Grade 4: Lessons 3, 4, 6
  • Grade 5: Lessons 1, 3, 4

Nutrition / Activity

Elementary Nutrition Resources

Curriculum

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ETR HealthSmart online

HealthSmart is ETR’s comprehensive K-12 health education program.  It gives children and youth the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices and establish life-long health behaviors.  HealthSmart allows the teacher to select and search for lessons. (Please contact your Health Advocate or our office to access HealthSmart lessons.)

HealthSmart recommended lessons:

  • Kindergarten: Lessons  21-25
  • Grade 1: Lessons 21-25
  • Grade 2: Lessons  16-22
  • Grade 3: Lessons 17-24
  • Grade 4: Lessons 16-19
  • Grade 5 :Lessons 16-23

 

 

Nutrition Education Project website

Nutrition Education Project

The Nutrition Education Project website is a resource for teachers and staff to support student academic performance through nutrition education and physical activity promotion.

 Go to Nutrition Education Project

 

 

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Nutrition And Physical Activity Resource Bin

SFUSD’s Nutrition Education Project has provided a resource bin for each elementary school, full of nutrition education and physical activity teaching materials. The main curriculum is called “Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools,” and it consists of two binders of lessons: one for K-2 and one for grades 3-5.

Recommended Lessons

  • Grade 1: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools K-2 Lessons
  • Grade 2: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools K-2 Lessons
  • Grade 3: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools 3-5 Lessons
  • Grade 4: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools 3-5 Lessons
  • Grade 5: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools 3-5 Lessons

LGBTQ / Diversity

 Elementary Pride Resources

Curriculum

 Health Ed - es-HealthSmart_ETR logo

ETR HealthSmart online

HealthSmart is ETR’s comprehensive K-12 health education program.  It gives children and youth the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices and establish life-long health behaviors.  HealthSmart allows the teacher to select and search for lessons. (Please contact your Health Advocate or our office to access HealthSmart lessons.)

HealthSmart recommended lessons:

  • Kindergarten: Lesson 1
  • Grade 1: Lesson 2
  • Grade 2: Lesson 1
  • Grade 3: Lesson 5
  • Grade 5: Lesson 36

 

 

LGBTQ Support Services website

LGBTQ Support Services

This website supports educators with tools and resources to address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) topics in a school setting. The goal is to create a safer learning environment for all students with an emphasis on LGBTQ youth and their families.

View website.

 

 

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Único Como Yo!

Tomorrow is the school parade, and Danny knows exactly what he will be: a princess. Mommy supports him 100%, and they race to the thrift store to find his costume. It’s almost closing time; will Danny find the costume of his dreams in time?

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My Princess Boy

My Princess Boy is the story of a young boy who likes to dress up in girls’ dresses. His family and friends are supportive but throughout the book he is made fun of at various times by others. Told from the mother’s perspective, this book promotes compassion by provoking readers to think about their own reactions if faced with a similar situation.

View lesson.

 

 

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I Am Jazz

I Am Jazz is a true story about a transgender teen who was born a boy but knew from a very young age that she felt more like a girl. One of the first children’s books to explain “transgender,” Jazz chronicles the real account of how a youth and her family deal with coming out as transgender and the struggle to be your true self.

View lesson.

 

 

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Jacob’s New Dress

Students may express or be exposed to gender diversity in many different ways. Wanting to conform can be stressful for young people as they figure out what makes them comfortable. Using the literature book, Jacob’s New Dress, this lesson illustrates the story of a boy who wants to wear a dress to school and how his family handles the situation.

View lesson.

 

 

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All Families Are Special

Mrs. Mack says she will be a grandmother, and her students realize that teachers have families. Suddenly everyone in the class wants to share information about their own families.

View lesson.

 

 

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And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

View lesson.

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The Harvey Milk Story

The Harvey Milk Story is a picture book depicting the life of the first openly gay elected city official in the United States.

View lesson.

 

 

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In our Mothers’ House

In our Mothers’ House is about two women who adopt three kids. All of the kids are different races; African American, Asian, and White. The book is told through the oldest daughter’s view as she explains what it was like growing up and being loved all the time by two mothers.

View lesson.

 

 

King and King

King and King

When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.

View lesson.

 

 

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Uncle Bobby’s Wedding

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding tells the story of a young guinea pig’s anxiety over her favorite uncle’s impending marriage to another male guinea pig.

View lesson.

 

 

Recommended Curriculum

Kindergarten
All Families Are Special
My Princess Boy
My Two Uncles
Único Como Yo!

Grade 1
All Families Are Special
Asha’s Mums – Respecting Difference
And Tango Makes Three
Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
Mom & Mum Are Getting Married!
My Princess Boy
My Two Uncles

Único Como Yo!

Grade 2
All Families Are Special
Asha’s Mums – Respecting Difference
And Tango Makes Three
Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
Mom & Mum Are Getting Married!

My Princess Boy
Jacob’s New Dress
My Two Uncles
Único Como Yo!

Grade 3
King and King
Asha’s Mums – Respecting Difference
And Tango Makes Three
Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
Mom & Mum Are Getting Married!
In Our Mothers’ House

My Two Uncles
Jacob’s New Dress
I Am Jazz

Grade 4
King and King
In Our Mothers’ House
The Harvey Milk Story
Jacob’s New Dress
I Am Jazz

Grade 5
King and King
In Our Mothers’ House

The Harvey Milk Story
I Am Jazz

Additional support materials for teaching these lessons available at Support Services for LGBTQ Youth

Assessments

TK-5th Report Card Resources

 

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SFUSD TK-5 Standards Based Report Cards

The Standards Based Report Card (SBRC) is a tool for  San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) teachers to communicate with parents regarding student’s progress towards achieving heath education standards.  If a student is meeting the expectations outlined in these standards, he or she will be well-prepared for the next grade.

Additional

Open the Door and Get Out and Explore Get Out and Explore Flyer

 

Monthly Health Themes

School Health Programs Monthly Health Themes

A calendar of health education topics for classroom lessons & school wide activities.

Monthly Health Themes

 

 

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Health Education
Professional Development

School Health Programs Professional Development Opportunities

Health Education in the Afternoon. Elementary Level Professional Development Series – Save the Dates 2019-2020. 

Health Education Professional Development Events

 

 

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Elementary Health Education Book List

English and Spanish Books

PreK through Fifth Grade Health Book List

 

 

Harvest of the Month

Harvest of the Month

Download materials for teachers and families (English, Spanish)–highlighting specific fruits and vegetables:

Harvest of the Month | Harvest of the Month Book List

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