K-12 school health education has shifted over the years from being heavily content-driven to skills-based focused. Most teachers that teach health education still focus on content-based units that incorporate skills. But what if we flipped that idea? What if the units were the skills and the content was infused as context?
This curriculum program is designed to focus on the seven United States National Health Education Skill Standards as units with content woven throughout to provide opportunities for skill practice that resonate and help students apply to real life scenarios.
Health Literacy 4 Life is aligned directly with the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and developed by Jessica Lawrence (formerly Bogli) who was one of 17 authors of the NHES. The program is also aligned with the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
If the goal of K-12 school health education is health literacy, the ability for students to use, analyze, interpret, access, advocate for resources, information and products that are health-enhancing, we still have a long way to go. Many of the textbooks, activities and instructional methods used are about teaching content and it's time we leave those practices behind.
This attempt at sharing at least one unit per grade level band is just the beginning. These are all free units for teachers to use, adapt, and make your own. With time, there will be more units developed. I can't promise they will continue to be no-cost. The only unit currently accessible is in High School. Check it out! We will try our best to make upcoming lessons, units and assessments as free or cost efficient as possible. But, join me on this journey and let's see where it takes us!
Fidelity of the Program
These units have not, at this point, been piloted or tested. I am looking for pilot teachers to provide feedback. If you are interested, please email me here. The units (with lessons) are written to lead to specific behavioral outcomes including knowledge and skill expectations. If you skip a lesson, you may not get the intended outcomes that I intended, as the writer/author.
Breakdown of Program
Elementary School (Coming soon!)
Middle School (Coming soon!)
The High School Program includes two years of curriculum, meant to be taught in Freshman or Sophomore years and again in Junior or Senior years. Some schools call this Health I and Health II. Each year is meant to be implemented within a semester-long course. Or, a high school may choose to combine both semesters and implement in 1 full year. However, the second program for high school is meant for a booster to the first program and will be more effective if touch-points occurred twice in two different years in high school.
High School Program I: There are 42 lessons within this first program. It includes 5 units, all aligned to the National Health Education Skill Standards. Each unit has an end of unit assessment. Lessons were developed for 60 minute classes, but two consecutive lessons may be taught back to back in cases of block scheduling. Lessons scaffold, or build on each other consecutively. You will currently have access to one unit, on Analyzing Influences that includes 3 content areas: Promotion of Healthy Eating, Violence Prevention and Alcohol, Tobacco & other Drug Prevention.
High School Program II: There are 40 lessons within this second booster program. It includes 5 units, all aligned to the National Health Education Skill Standards. Each unit has an end of unit assessment. Lessons were developed for 60 minute periods, but two consecutive lessons may be taught back to back in cases of block scheduling.