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 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 our SEL and Health Lessons Portal to find Health Lessons.
Learn how to create a Health Positive Classroom.
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. You can see health rubrics on the SBRC Teacher Guides.
- Identifies and practices basic hygiene
- Understands and applies basic safety concepts
- Identifies and chooses healthy foods and activities
- 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)
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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)
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