Elementary-level Health Curriculum

Prevention Council Health Curriculum

Kindergarten | Grade 2 | Grade 3 | Grade 5

Kindergarten: An Apple A Day

Day 1: Introduction of program

  • What is Self- Esteem? Liking yourself no matter what!
  • Read I Like Me by Nancy Carlson and discuss
  • Make a mirror activity to say “Hi, Good Looking!” into it
  • Complete workbook page – draw a picture of themselves

Day 2: Friendship.  How can you be a good friend?

  • Read Corduroy by Don Freeman and discuss
  • Activity: Write name of given strip of paper to create a paper chain that links everyone together saying they are all friends in the class
  • Workbook page – draw a picture of your best friend

Day 3 – Feelings – what are they? They are important but they make us behave a certain way sometimes

  • Feelings are real and just are what they are
  • Read The Way I Feel by Janan Cain and discuss
  • Workbook activity – Draw a picture of how they are feeling today

Day 4: Safe Person. Someone you know, you are comfortable with like your parents, grandparents, or caregivers and why are these people important?

  • Read 2 books Just Me and My Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa by Mercer Mayer and discuss
  • On heart worksheet page draw the safe people in your life

Day 5: Safe Place.  place where you feel comfortable, happy and safe

  • The importance of a safe place
  • Read The Foolish Tortoise by Eric Carle and discuss
  • Construct a web of possible safe places
  • Workbook page- draw a picture of your safe place and what you like to do there

Day 6: Healthy Choices and Good Habits

  • It’s our responsibility to take care of our own bodies – how can we do this?
  • We need to stay healthy to enjoy life
  • Read Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow and discuss
  • Activity: cut and paste happy faces to healthy choices and sad faces to non-healthy choices

Grade 2: Protecting You and Me

Day 1: Introduction of program. What is safety? Who helps you feel safe?

  • Safety related to the brain, (wear a helmet for sports…) The brain is the Boss of the Body
  • Bruce brain puppet says Game “Do something with your eyes, nose, mouth…”
  • Your brain controls your feelings (Show me with your face- scared, angry, bored, etc.. game)
  • Read book Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day
  • Match the Feeling worksheet done as a group

Day 2: Feelings and keeping the brain healthy

  • Discuss the importance of a healthy diet, exercise and sleep in order to keep a healthy brain
  • Paper plate mask activity. On one side they are to draw a smiley face and on the other draw a frowny face then give situations and they hold their face up with however they feel about the given situation.
  • Explain everyone has different feelings and may not feel the same way about the same things and that’s ok

Day 3: Friendship. Brainstorm what makes a good friend

  • Worksheet – I am Ready to be a Good Friend
  • Add COMPROMISE to the top of the page – what does it mean?
  • Introduce Bobby puppet and his fighting with a friend over a special pillow scenario (positive outcome)
  • Focus on being polite, caring and compromising

Day 4: Review what makes a good friend and compromising

  • Brainstorm 6 situations that 2nd graders could have with friends or siblings that could be compromised
  • Role play six different scenarios with students on how to be fair and compromise (use puppets)

Day 5: Bruce Brain wearing helmet with Band-Aid (explain helmet usage and safety)

  • What are rules and laws? What are the consequences? (School, home, community)
  • Why should we follow these rules and laws? What protection do we need for activities we do?
  • Discuss car safety and car behavior so people can ride safely…
  • “Here I Am… Using My Favorite Rule and Law” worksheet – positive activities (no weapons)

Day 6: What is a drug (regarding medicines and rules we have about medicines)

  • How many of you have ever had an ear infection? Cold? Tummy ache? Might have taken a medicine
  • At home we should have rules about what we can touch or not touch regarding vitamins or any medicines
  • Granny’s purse filled with a mix of candy and medicines (Activity of guessing either candy or medicine)
  • Point is that if you don’t know what it is, don’t put it in your mouth, ask an adult for help
  • Helping Hand worksheet – who are the “helpers” in your life? Write them down in the hand.

Day 7: Alcohol cans and bottles don’t always have safety caps and commercials don’t tell us HOW to protect our bodies from drugs (show “alcohol” bottle and why it’s tricky looking to a child)

  • Summary of program about the brain and the body and keeping it safe and healthy
  • My Warning Label worksheet
  • Certificates of Completion

Grade 3: Too Good for Violence

Day 1: What is violence?

  • Where do we see violence?
  • No-one is born violent- learned behavior
  • Bullying is violent- bullying discussion and how to recognize it and deal with it
  • Have you ever? Game

Day 2: Introduce the word peaceable- get along w/o fighting, settle disagreements and differences peacefully

  • When people disagree, we call this a conflict (normal)
  • When handled badly = violence, handled well = find a peaceable solution
  • Who can handle problems better- Machine or Person?
  • Robot vs. Person activity
  • “Who has what it takes to Solve Conflicts?”  and “Find the Feelings” workbook pages

Day 3: Let’s talk about feelings today

  • How do YOU feel when you get angry? (body) Discuss uncomfortable feelings.
  • Ways to manage feelings in non-violent ways.
  • Explain YOU messages and then introduce I-messages and replace with I-messages
  • Practice with student volunteers (someone cuts in front of you, calls you a name, doesn’t include you, whispers about you, takes something of your w/o asking)
  • Workbook pages “Replacing the You- Message with an I-message” and “Does this message compute?”

Day 4: Listening For Clues- You can tell how a person is feeling from their body language and face

  • Guess my feeling  activity (Angry, annoyed, sad, frustrated, proud, excited, happy, pleased)
  • Student volunteers show feelings with face, body and voice
  • Model appropriate communication and listening behavior and ask for student volunteers to talk while I actively listen
  • Birthday line-up game

Day 5: Perception. What is it? There is always more than one point of view

  • Show 2 different pictures and discuss what we see.
  • Read Three Pigs and a Wolf story – Assign parts to students.
  • Stand up/ Sit down activity

Day 6: Bullying. What is it? Who can it be? Where do we see it?

  • What is an ally?
  • Role play with puppets

Day 7: Roleplaying

  • Bully Pledge – What is a pledge? Say together and sign
  • Paper chain with their names all connected together
  • Certificates

Grade 5: Too Good for Drugs

Day 1: Introduction to program

  • What is a drug? Gateway drugs
  • Why do people use drugs?
  • What is a goal? Discuss short-term and long-term goals.
  • Write their own goal and share if time

Day 2: Stress and Communication Day

  • Healthy ways to handle stress
  • Demonstrate poor communication vs. good communication
  • Workbook page “Someone to talk to” trusted adults in our lives we can do to
  • Pictionary Game on healthy ways to handle stress

Day 3: Decision making discussion

  • What is the most dangerous drug? Nicotine
  • Facts on tobacco death
  • 7,000 Chemicals in one cigarette
  • Prices and costs
  • Pig Lung demonstration – Healthy lung vs. smoker’s lung

Day 4: Nicotine/Tobacco Continued

  • Nicotine Product – where we see advertisements
  • Other forms of nicotine: Smokeless, Electronic Cigarettes
  • How they attract the youth
  • What the tobacco ads don’t tell you

Day 5: Marijuana – What is it?

  • What’s inside? THC
  • Side effects
  • Different forms and additional facts

Day 6: Alcohol Prevention

  • Legal purchase and consumption age and why?
  • Brain development and how alcohol affects your brain
  • Targeting youth by making fruity flavored drinks and bottle styles that are similar to non-alcoholic drinks
  • Where do we see alcohol advertisements? Counter Advertisements
  • Dangers of drinking – Healthy liver vs. unhealthy liver
  • Medicines are Drugs – OTC and Prescription drugs

Day 7: Peer Pressure – what is it?

  • Passive, Aggressive, Assertive
  • Go over refusal skills
  • Role Play

 Day 8: Review

  • Kahoot Review Game
  • TGFD Pledge – Certificates