Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education is a highly practical and useful resource for middle school and high school health educators looking for innovative and tried-and-true ways to implement a skills-based approach to health education.
The text—written by renowned authors Sarah Benes and Holly Alperin, along with experts in the field, including many SHAPE America Teacher of the Year honorees—offers effective, skills-based learning activities, lessons, units, and assessments that you can use in your classroom as they are or with modifications to meet the needs of your students. You can use this text to build a completely new curriculum or to supplement your existing curriculum, providing a smooth transition from a content-based approach to a skills-based approach. The authors explain the rationale and foundation for making that transition, putting the lesson plans, activities, and assessments in context for you as you learn how to implement a skills-based approach.
The 64 lessons and activities in Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education have been
• created by the authors and a number of experienced teachers broadly recognized for their expertise in skills-based health education,
• organized to map to the skills in the National Health Education Standards and aligned with a five-step skill-development model
• designed to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs of a wide range of educators, from those wanting a complete new curriculum to those wanting to simply supplement their existing curriculum while meeting the needs of all students.
Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education is an ideal companion to The Essentials of Teaching Health Education, another book by Benes and Alperin, which presents teaching and assessment strategies for planning and implementing a skills-based approach to teaching health education. Together, these two books can help you effectively teach skills-based health education from day one.
Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education offers a detailed, easy-to-use learning activity template and employs a teacher-friendly format that has been proven effective in the field. It comes with a web resource that has digital versions of the many reproducible forms in the text.
The text is organized into two parts. Part I delves into key aspects of planning, implementing, and assessing a skills-based approach, offering you a strong foundation in the core concepts of the approach. Each of the part II chapters is devoted to a skill addressed in the National Health Education Standards, providing you with the following material:
• An overview of the skill
• Key considerations for teaching the skill
• A unit outline
• Lesson plans
• Learning activities
Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Health Education offers you all you need to put a skills-based approach into practice: the solid foundational information that explains the concepts and the resources, tools, and strategies to help you implement the lesson plans and activities that will aid your students in developing proficiency in the skills emphasized in the national standards. Through this text, you will be able to offer instruction that challenges your students and provides them with opportunities to meet the standards in a classroom environment that is engaging, thought provoking, and relevant.
Part I. Skills-Based Health Education: An Overview
Chapter 1. Skills-Based Health Education: An Overview
Alignment With the National Health Education Standards
Skill Development and Assessment
Chapter 2. Designing Your Health Curriculum
Eight Steps of Curriculum Design
Using This Text
Part II. Skills in the Classroom
Chapter 3. Developing the Skill of Accessing Valid and Reliable Information, Products, and Services to Enhance Students’ Health
Lesson 1: To Trust or Not To Trust
Lesson 2: ACCESSing Valid and Reliable Information, Products, and Services
Lesson 3: Grocery Games
Lesson 4: Is It Healthy?
Lessons 5 and 6: Podcasts
Lessons 7 and 8: Who and What Is in My Neighborhood?
Chapter 4. Helping Students to Analyze Influences on Their Health
Lesson 1: Influences, Influences, All Around
Lesson 2: Web of Influences
Lesson 3: What Would You Do?
Lesson 4: Perceptions, Norms, and Behavior
Lesson 5: Exploring the Impact of Media
Lessons 6 and 7: Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Lesson 8: Social Media and Technology
Chapter 5. Developing Interpersonal Communication Skills for Health and Wellness
Lesson 1: I Wish I Could Talk To . . .
Lesson 2: What Does Effective Communication Look Like, Sound Like, Feel Like?
Lesson 3: Identifying Effective Communication
Lesson 4: Fishing for Healthy Relationships
Lesson 5: Real Life Relationships
Lesson 6: What’s Your Story?
Lessons 7, 8, 9, and 10: Let’s Communicate Together!
Chapter 6. Developing the Skill of Decision Making to Improve Health Outcomes
Lesson 1: Decisions, What Decisions?
Lesson 2: How Do I DECIDE What to Do?
Lesson 3: Using Ethical Tests to Make Decisions
Lessons 4 and 5: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illegal Drug Webquest
Lesson 6: Revisiting the Scene of the Party
Lessons 7 and 8: Let’s Make a Decision
Lesson 9: Let’s Enjoy Some Comics
Chapter 7. Learning to Set Goals to Enhance Our Health
Lesson 1: There Is Life After High School . . . Where Do You Want It to Lead?
Lesson 2: Introduction to the Dimensions of Wellness
Lesson 3: Dimensions of Wellness Self-Assessment
Lesson 4: Got Goals?
Lesson 5: Creating a Vision
Lesson 6: Recruit Your Champions
Lesson 7: Goal Check—Revisit, Reevaluate, and Revise (if Needed)
Lessons 8 and 9: One SMART Celebration
Chapter 8. Self-Management for a Healthy Lifestyle
Lesson 1: Developing Healthy Habits
Lesson 2: Happiness Is Healthy
Lesson 3: Strategies for Increasing Happiness
Lesson 4: Strategies for Increasing Happiness (Continued)
Lesson 5: Healthy Mind, Healthy Me
Lesson 6: Understanding Mental Health
Lesson 7: When to Seek Help and Where to Find It
Lesson 8: Sharing Is Caring
Chapter 9. Teaching Students Advocacy Skills to Improve Health
Lesson 1: What Is Advocacy?
Lesson 2: Becoming an Advocate
Lesson 3: Data, Data Everywhere!
Lesson 4: Finding Evidence
Lesson 5: Advocacy Action
Lesson 6: Peer Feedback
Lesson 7: Collaborating for a Cause
Lesson 8: The Finishing Touches
Lesson 9: Assessment—Advocacy in Action
Planning and Implementing an Effective Health Education Curriculum
Skill Development and Assessment