These are my favorite books to get kids active and engaged in discussion about health education skills, like goal setting, communication, decison making, and stress management. There are at least three in the series by Tom Jackson and I love and use them all! Some activities can fill an entire class period (or beyond) while others are quick 5-10 minutes. One of the best things...each activity is accompanied by awesome follow-up questions that challenge students to think beyond the activity.
Ready to use lesson plans using a skills-based approach health education which is proven to be more effective in facilitating behavior change among students. The books come in three levels, perfect for building a sequential health education program.
All too often, health education focuses on physical health and much of the essential learning about mental health and social health gets forgotten about. This blog post explains the importance of mindfulness as a way of cultivating happiness for social and mental health
This worksheet comes from the book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens which I use as a framework for my high school health education course. This worksheet challenges students to think about WHO they are and who they want to be. I love to use this at the beginning of the course to help students write a mission statement and then we return to their mission statement throughout the year, to analyze how various health behaviors and decisions could impact their mission (positive and/or negative).
SO many ready to use lesson plans for every health topic for every age level that integrate reading non-fiction texts, an important skill for 21st century learners. The website associated with these lesson plans is the gold standard for health information -- nothing else comes close to be as accessible and accurate.
This poem/video validates the importance of Health Education. I've used it with other health teachers, parents, administrators, and even students. It's so motivating, powerful, and simply states WHY health education is so important.
This is my go-to source for planning K-12 Health Education curricula. It provides a framework for creating sequential, comprehensive programs, while still allowing my own personal creativity to shine through in the classroom.