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Sexual Health

Sexual Health - Elementary

The healthy sexuality resource included are identified as a reference for educators. You will need to follow your board/school directions related to the delivery of curriculum and selection of materials that are appropriate for student handouts.

Organized on a grade by grade basis, each curriculum expectation is numbered according to the Ontario Curriculum, Health and Physical Education, 2015 (revised), resources that are specific to each expectation are listed following the curriculum, resources that provide information related to several expectations are listed at the end of all expectations for the specific grade.  General resources for educators, parents and students have also been compiled following the grade by grade themes that follows.

If you have any questions or can provide additional resources please feel free to contact the Sexual Health Program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health unit at 705.721.7520 or toll free 1.877.721.7520.

Grade 1

Identify body parts

Grade 2

Stages of human development

 

Grade 3

 

Healthy Relationships

Physical & Emotional Development

Identifying and respecting differences in people

Grade 4

 

Changes in Puberty

Hygienic practices associated with puberty

Grade 5

 

Puberty: parts of the reproductive system and body changes, menstruation and spermatogenesis, emotional stress related to puberty.

Grade 6

 

Self-concept

Healthy relationships

Self-respect

Effects of stereotypes

Grade 7

 

Sexual decision making

Consent

STIs (prevention)

Grade 8

 

Decision making related to sexual activity; informed choices, knowing the potential risks (STI & BC)

Gender identity & gender orientation

Healthy Relationships


Identify body parts, including genitalia (e.g., penis, testicles, vagina, vulva), using correct terminology [PS]

OPHEA

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

Lesson Plan- Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

  • 2 IDENTIFYING PARTS OF THE BODY

    (Home>Lesson Plans>H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 1> Understanding Human Development-Grade 1> Identifying Parts of the Body)

Fully Alive

Family Life Education, as it is represented in Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grades 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be -- to be fully alive.

 

Additional resources/links:

ReCAPP- Resource Centre for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention.

This is a US based website that provides information to educators to consider when teaching young children (K-3) to avoid binary language that might alienate a child who may not identify as male or female and/or children who may be struggling with gender identity. 

BCTF- British Colombia Teacher’s Federation

This document produced by the BCTF provides a quick Q&A for teachers to assist teachers with using gender neutral language in the classroom.  It is a way of speaking that minimizes assumptions about gender, sexual orientation or the biological sex of the people being referred to.

Curriculum Connection

H&PE C1.4 outline the basic stages of human development (e.g., infant, child, adolescent, adult, older adult) and related bodily changes, and identify factors that are important for healthy growth and living throughout life [PS]

OPHEA

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

Lesson Plans Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 2: Understanding the Stages of Development
  • 1 BODY CHANGES,
  • 2 HEALTHY GROWTH AT ANY STAGE
  • 4 HEALTHY LIVING THROUGHOUT LIFE

 

Fully Alive

Family Life Education, as it is represented in Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grades 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be -- to be fully alive.

 

Additional resources/links;

This edition of ReCAPP focuses on working with young children and helping to promote healthy attitudes toward their physical development and sexuality. Educators and other adults can consciously pass on certain messages that will help young children develop self-esteem and positive attitudes toward sexuality as well as encourage responsibility for their personal health.

Curriculum Connection

H&PE C1.3 identify the characteristics of healthy relationships (e.g., accepting differences, being inclusive, communicating openly, listening, showing mutual respect and caring, being honest) and describe ways of overcoming challenges (e.g., bullying, exclusion, peer pressure, abuse) in a relationship [IS]

OPHEA

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 3> Understanding Healthy Relationships)

  • 1 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES
  • 4 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AND DEVELOPMENT

H&PE C1.4 identify factors (e.g., sleep, food, physical activity, heredity, environment, support from a caring adult, sense of belonging, peer influence) that affect physical development (e.g., of hair, skin, teeth, body size and shape) and/or emotional development (e.g., of self-awareness, adaptive skills, social skills) [PS]

OPHEA Lesson Plans  

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 3> Understanding Healthy Relationships)

  • 3 PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • 4 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AND DEVELOPMENT

 

Additional resources/links:

Developmental assets.

In 1990, Search Institute released a framework of Developmental Assets, which identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. 

Lions Quest

Canadian site that addresses and provides resources related to developmental assets.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Positive Mental Health Resources

Best Start is a resource center for maternal newborn and early child development.

H&PE C3.3 describe how visible differences (e.g., skin, hair, and eye colour, facial features, body size and shape, physical aids or different physical abilities, clothing, possessions) and invisible differences (e.g., learning abilities, skills and talents, personal or cultural values and beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation, family background, personal preferences, allergies and sensitivities) make each person unique, and identify ways of showing respect for differences in others [PS, IS]

OPHEA Lesson Plans 

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 3> Understanding Healthy Relationships)

  • 2 RESPECTING VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE DIFFERENCES
  • 4 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS AND DEVELOPMENT

 

Fully Alive

Family Life Education, as it is represented in Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grades 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be -- to be fully alive.

 

Additional resources/links:

Suggested resource for LGBTQ language appropriate for young children: Welcoming Schools

HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier professional development program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools by embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, and supporting transgender and non-binary students

LGBTQ 101 Playing Game – “Cootie catcher” game to address LGBTQ issues

This edition of ReCAPP focuses on working with young children and helping to promote healthy attitudes toward their physical development and sexuality. Educators and other adults can consciously pass on certain messages that will help young children develop self-esteem and positive attitudes toward sexuality as well as encourage responsibility for their personal health.

Alberta Health resource for teachers,  Lesson plans to address personal space, talk & trust, and relationships including friendships and dating/sexual relationships

British Columbia: Healthy Families BC

This website is part of the provincial health promotion plan to encourage healthier choices at every stage of life.  This specific section, “Five Ways to Well-Being” talks about being emotionally and physically well.

Curriculum Connection

H&PE C1.5 describe the physical changes that occur in males and females at puberty (e.g., growth of body hair, breast development, changes in voice and body size, production of body odour, skin changes) and the emotional and social impacts that may result from these changes [PS]

OPHEA

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 4> Understanding Changes at Puberty)

  • 1 PERSONAL HYGIENE,
  • 2 CHANGES AT PUBERTY,
  • 3 PHYSICAL CHANGES AT PUBERTY
  • 4 SHARING HYGIENE HABITS

H&PE C2.4 demonstrate an understanding of personal care needs and the application of personal hygienic practices associated with the onset of puberty (e.g., increased importance of regular bathing/showering and regular clothing changes; use of hygiene products; continuing importance of regular hygiene practices, including hand washing, oral health care, and care of prosthetic devices and residual limbs) [PS]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 4> Understanding Changes at Puberty)

  • 1 PERSONAL HYGIENE
  • 4 SHARING HYGIENE HABITS
 

Fully Alive

Family Life Education, as it is represented in Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grades 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be -- to be fully alive.

 

Additional resources/links:

SexandU (formerly sexuality and u)

SexandU is produced by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) and provides an overview of changes in both male and female bodies during puberty.

About Kids Health

This site is produced by the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto and provides reliable information about puberty in both males and females.  It talks about menstruation and how the body works in males and females.

Alberta Health

Lesson plans to teach puberty and sexual development.

Toronto Public Health – Teaching Sexual Health Puberty

Peel Region – Changes in Me

Peel Region – Growing up (handbook pdf)

Teen Health Source – Planned Parenthood Toronto

Manitoba Health – Growing up ok! (workbook pdf)

Curriculum Connection

H&PE C1.3 identify the parts of the reproductive system, and describe how the body changes during puberty [PS]

OPHEA

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 5> Understanding Puberty: A Time of Change)

  • 1 WHAT IS PUBERTY?,
  • 2 CHANGES DURING PUBERTY IN PEOPLE WITH PENISES,
  • 3 CHANGES DURING PUBERTY IN PEOPLE WITH VAGINAS
  • 5 MANAGING STRESS ROLE-PLAY

 

Additional resources/links:

SMDHU Teaching Kits include both male and female reproductive system posters to assist with providing a visual of each sex’s reproductive anatomy.  Orders can be placed at the following link:

SH Kit Ordering Form

Alberta Health lesson plans for teaching puberty (may not be grade specific to the Ontario curriculum but content does address the Ontario curriculum expectations)

H&PE C1.4 describe the processes of menstruation and spermatogenesis, and explain how these processes relate to reproduction and overall development

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 5> Understanding Puberty: A Time of Change)

  • 2 CHANGES DURING PUBERTY IN PEOPLE WITH PENISES
  • 3 CHANGES DURING PUBERTY IN PEOPLE WITH VAGINAS

 

Additional Resources and links:

Alberta Health Lesson plan specifically related to menstruation


H&PE C2.4 describe emotional and interpersonal stresses related to puberty (e.g., questions about changing bodies and feelings, adjusting to changing relationships, crushes and more intense feelings, conflicts between personal desires and cultural teachings and practices), and identify strategies that they can apply to manage stress, build resilience, and enhance their mental health and emotional well-being (e.g., being active, writing feelings in a journal, accessing information about their concerns, taking action on a concern, talking to a trusted peer or adult, breathing deeply, meditating, seeking cultural advice from elders) [PS]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 5> Understanding Puberty: A Time of Change)

  • 4 EMOTIONAL AND INTERPERSONAL STRESSES
  • 5 MANAGING STRESS ROLE-PLAY

 

Fully Alive

Family Life Education, as it is represented in Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grades 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be -- to be fully alive.


Additional Resources/links:

“Can You Feel It?”:  Designed by youth for youth, “Can You Feel It?” helps students build the necessary life skills to manage and cope with the stress in their everyday lives.  This resource addresses such topics as: What is stress? How do we recognize it? and How do we cope with it? Healthy Schools public health nurses can work with schools to incorporate “Can You Feel It?” as part of a comprehensive approach to building resiliency and positive mental health.

The Gilbert Centre (formerly AIDS Committee of Simcoe County) provides social and support services to empower, promote health, and celebrate the lives of people living with and affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) and the individuals and families from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) communities of Simcoe Muskoka. LGBTQ Terminology.

Leeds Grenville and Lanark Health Unit’s website provides resources specific to teaching the Grade 5 Ontario Curriculum

Alberta Health:

Teaching sexual health Lesson plan to address changes during puberty.

Overview of grade 5 curriculum with lesson plans.

Puberty and Healthy Education Program: Grades 5 & 6

The Always Changing – Grades 5 & 6 program is a school-based resource designed to help ease the transition between childhood and adolescence for boys and girls in grades 5 and 6.

Curriculum Connection

H&PE C1.3 identify factors that affect the development of a person’s self-concept (e.g., environment, evaluations by others who are important to them, stereotypes, awareness of strengths and needs, social competencies, cultural and gender identity, support, body image, mental health and emotional well-being, physical abilities) [PS]

OPHEA

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 6> Making Healthy Choices in Relationships)

  • 1 WHO AM I?,
  • 2 STEREOTYPE EFFECTS,
  • 3 BUILDING CONFIDENCE

H&PE C2.5 describe how they can build confidence and lay a foundation for healthy relationships by acquiring a clearer understanding of the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during adolescence (e.g., physical: voice changes, skin changes, body growth; social: changing social relationships, increasing influence of peers; emotional: increased intensity of feelings, new interest in relationships with boys or girls, confusion and questions about changes) [PS]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 6> Making Healthy Choices in Relationships)

  • 3 BUILDING CONFIDENCE,
  • 4 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
  • 5 STRESS AND PRESSURES IN RELATIONSHIPS
H&PE C2.6 make informed decisions that demonstrate respect for themselves and others and help to build healthier relationships, using a variety of living skills (e.g., personal and interpersonal skills; critical and creative thinking skills; skills based on First Nation, Métis, and Inuit cultural teach­ings, such as medicine wheel teachings connected to the four colour or seven grandfather teachings, or other cultural teachings) [IS, CT]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 6> Making Healthy Choices in Relationships)

  • 4 HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
  • 5 STRESS AND PRESSURES IN RELATIONSHIPS

H&PE C3.3 assess the effects of stereotypes, including homophobia and assumptions regarding gender roles and expectations, sexual orientation, gender expression, race, ethnicity or culture, men­tal health, and abilities, on an individual’s self-concept, social inclusion, and relationships with others, and propose appropriate ways of responding to and changing assumptions and stereotypes [PS, CT]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 6> Making Healthy Choices in Relationships)

  • 2 STEREOTYPES EFFECTS


Fully Alive

Family Life Education, as it is represented in Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grades 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be -- to be fully alive.

 

Additional resources/links:

Youthline resource about how schools can be inclusive and make trans students feel safe.

The following articles assist educators with speaking to students on topics related to gender roles and identity 

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Relationship Quiz: Assists in assessing the state of personal relationships and identifying when and where to seek help.

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit teaching resources specific to the grade 6 Curriculum.

Canadian Women’s Health Network article: Body Image and the Media

Always Changing - Grades 5 & 6

Puberty and Healthy Education Program: Grades 5 & 6

The Always Changing – Grades 5 & 6 program is a school-based resource designed to help ease the transition between childhood and adolescence for boys and girls in grades 5 and 6.

Curriculum Connection

H&PE C1.3 explain the importance of having a shared understanding with a partner about the following: delaying sexual activity until they are older (e.g., choosing to abstain from any genital contact; choosing to abstain from having vaginal or anal intercourse; choosing to abstain from having oral-genital contact); the reasons for not engaging in sexual activity; the concept of consent and how consent is communicated; and, in general, the need to communicate clearly with each other when making decisions about sexual activity in the relationship

OPHEA

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 7> Understanding Sexual Health and Decision Making)

  • 2 MAKING INFORMED CHOICES ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH,
  • 3 COMMUNICATING CLEARLY
  • 6 SEXUAL HEALTH TIC-TAC-TOE

H&PE C1.4 identify common sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and describe their symptoms

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 7> Understanding Sexual Health and Decision Making)

  • 4 IDENTIFYTING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS,
  • 5 UNDERSTANDING HIV
  • 6 SEXUAL HEALTH TIC-TAC-TOE

H&PE C1.5 identify ways of preventing STIs, including HIV, and/or unintended pregnancy, such as delaying first intercourse and other sexual activities until a person is older and using con­doms consistently if and when a person becomes sexually active

OPHEA Lesson Plans

 ** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 7> Understanding Sexual Health and Decision Making)

  • 4 IDENTIFYING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS,
  • 5 UNDERSTANDING HIV
  • 6 SEXUAL HEALTH TIC-TAC-TOE

H&PE C2.4 demonstrate an understanding of physical, emotional, social, and psychological factors that need to be considered when making decisions related to sexual health (e.g., sexually transmitted infections [STIs], possible contraceptive side effects, pregnancy, protective value of vaccinations, social labelling, gender identity, sexual orientation, self-concept issues, relationships, desire, pleasure, cultural teachings) [PS]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 7> Understanding Sexual Health and Decision Making)

  • 2 MAKING INFORMED CHOICES ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH
  • 3 COMMUNICATING CLEARLY

H&PE C3.3 explain how relationships with others (e.g., family, peers) and sexual health may be affected by the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty (e.g., effect of physical maturation and emotional changes on family relationships, interest in intimate relationships and effect on peer relationships, risk of STIs and/or pregnancy with sexual contact) [IS, CT]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 7> Understanding Sexual Health and Decision Making)

  • 1 PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL CHANGES AT PUBERTY
 

Fully Alive

Family Life Education, as it is represented in Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grades 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be -- to be fully alive.

 

Additional Resources:

Alberta Health grade 7 specific lesson plans and resources

https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/teachers/grade/grade-7/

Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit-

ABC’s of Abstinence

Wait for Sex; Why Should I? https://hnhu.org/wp-content/uploads/Wait_for_sex_web1.pdf

Information on abstinence from SexandU.ca, a credible website produced by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)

Common STIs

Add link to STI overview 1 pager that is currently in draft

 

Birth Control overview

Add link to BC overview 1 pager currently in draft

 

An overview of puberty and body changes in both males and females  from SexandU.ca 

HIV BASIC FACTS PAMPHLET , a PDF of CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment and Information Exchange) pamphlet related to HIV, what it is, treatment and prevention.

Public Health Agency of Canada produces the STI Booklet that provides an overview of all Sexually Transmitted Infections, symptoms, how to get tested and treatment. Order of download a PDF version at;   CATIE Ordering page

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit grade 7 specific resources

Physical and Health Education Canada Always Changing resource for Grades 7 & Up is designed to help your students develop fun, active, confident, energetic self-images. 

Produced by Middlesex-London Health Unit the STI Transmission Game is an interactive activity to demonstrate to your group how Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) spread and how to avoid getting infected with an STI.

Adventures in Sex City; a fun and interactive game that tests knowledge and provides facts about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) produced by Middlesex-London Health Unit.

Understanding Consent; “Tea Consent” this short YouTube video explains consent in a light-hearted way that makes the concept quite clear

Age of Consent for Sexual Activity in Canada/Ontario, get the facts from the Justice Department of the Government of Canada.

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick  has produced  No Means No; Understanding Consent to Sexual Activity Booklet that is a comprehensive Question and Answer style information booklet to assist with understanding the law around consent to sexual activity.

Age of Consent for Health Care in Ontario.  Health Care Consent Act, 1996 (e-laws)

STI Flip Chart Produced by SexualityandU (now SexandU.ca) in 2011, this PDF is a flip chart that provides a comprehensive overview of Sexually Transmitted Infections and prevention strategies.

It’s Time to Talk booklet (Society of Obstetrician and Gynecologists of Canada publication) provides an overview of male and female anatomy,  Birth Control and Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs), reviews myths and truth related to STIs, and unplanned pregnancy as well as worksheets for students to test their knowledge.

This booklet is for teens. It will help them think about how the decisions they make today can help them live a healthy and happy life now and in the future.  This booklet will guide them through six topics that will help them build their life plan.

Best Start - My life my plan

Curriculum Connection

H&PE C1.4 identify and explain factors that can affect an individual’s decisions about sexual activity (e.g., previous thinking about reasons to wait, including making a choice to delay sexual activity and establishing personal limits; perceived personal readiness; peer pressure; desire; curiosity; self-concept; awareness and acceptance of gender identity and sexual orientation; physical or cognitive disabilities and possible associated assumptions; legal concerns; awareness of health risks, including risk of STIs and blood-borne infections; concerns about risk of pregnancy; use of alcohol or drugs; personal or family values; religious beliefs; cultural teachings; access to information; media messages), and identify sources of support regarding sexual health (e.g., a health professional [doctor, nurse, public health practitioner], a community elder, a teacher, a religious leader, a parent or other trusted adult, a reputable website) [PS]

OPHEA

Ophea is a not-for-profit organization and is led by the vision that all children and youth value and enjoy the lifelong benefits of healthy, active living. Since 1921, Ophea has been working to support the health and learning of children and youth in schools and communities through quality programs and services, partnerships, and advocacy.

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 8> Understanding Healthy Development)

  • 2 MAKING INFORMED DECISIONS ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH
  • 5 FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT

H&PE C1.5 demonstrate an understanding of gender identity (e.g., male, female, two-spirited, transgender, transsexual, intersex), gender expression, and sexual orientation (e.g., heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual), and identify factors that can help individuals of all identities and orientations develop a positive self-concept [PS]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 8> Understanding Healthy Development)

  • 1 DEVELOPING A POSITIVE SELF-CONCEPT
  • 5 FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT

H&PE C2.4 demonstrate an understanding of aspects of sexual health and safety, including contraception and condom use for pregnancy and STI prevention, the concept of consent, and matters they need to consider and skills they need to use in order to make safe and healthy decisions about sexual activity (e.g., self-knowledge; abstinence; delaying first intercourse; establishing, dis­cussing, and respecting boundaries; showing respect; need for additional information and support; safer sex and pleasure; communication, assertiveness, and refusal skills) [IS, CT]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 8> Understanding Healthy Development)

  • 3 CHOICES AROUND SAFER SEXUAL HEALTH
  • 4 SEXUAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 

H&PE C3.3 analyse the attractions and benefits associated with being in a relationship (e.g., support, understanding, camaraderie, pleasure), as well as the benefits, risks, and drawbacks, for them­selves and others, of relationships involving different degrees of sexual intimacy (e.g., hurt when relationships end or trust is broken; in more sexually intimate relationships, risk of STIs and related risk to future fertility, unintended pregnancy, sexual harassment and exploitation; potential for dating violence) [IS, CT]

OPHEA Lesson Plans

** Lesson plans can only be accessed via log in to the OPHEA website (see link above). 

(Home> Lesson Plans> H&PE Curriculum Resources> Grade 8> Understanding Healthy Development)

  • 4 SEXUAL HEALTH AND SAFETY

 

Fully Alive

Family Life Education, as it is represented in Fully Alive, is intended to pass on a distinctively Catholic view of human life, sexuality, marriage, and family. Its goal is to complement the efforts of families and to support what parents are doing at home. The entire program, from Grades 1 through Grade 8 is designed to encourage children to become the people God wants them to be -- to be fully alive. 

   

Additional Resources

Community Directory; Simcoe County is a comprehensive list of emergency, medical and social services serving residents in the County of Simcoe.

Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit grade 8 specific resources

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Overview

Attach 1 pager

 

Birth Control Overview

Attach 1 pager

 

Produced by Middlesex-London Health Unit the STI Transmission Game is an interactive activity to demonstrate to your group how Sexually transmitted infections (STI) spread and how to avoid getting infected with an STI.

Adventures in Sex City; a fun and interactive game that tests knowledge and provides facts about Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) produced by Middlesex-London Health Unit.

HIV BASIC FACTS PAMPHLET , a PDF of CATIE (Canadian AIDS Treatment and Information Exchange) pamphlet related to HIV, what it is, treatment and prevention.

Public Health Agency of Canada produces the STI Booklet that provides an overview of all Sexually Transmitted Infections, symptoms, how to get tested and treatment. Order of download a PDF version at;   CATIE Ordering page

Sexual and Gender Diversity Lesson plan from Alberta Health.  Learner Outcomes:  Examine aspects of healthy sexuality and responsible sexual behaviour. Examine the definitions of sexual orientation and gender identity. Examine the impact of heterosexism. Develop strategies to deconstruct stereotypes. Identify negative behaviours that reinforce discrimination and heterosexism. Develop behaviours that respect sexual and gender diversity

The Gilbert Centre is a community-based, not-for-profit, charitable organization that has been providing programs and services as the AIDS Committee of Simcoe County for over 25 years. In 2015, in part to recognize the reality of people with HIV not developing AIDS, but living health lives with HIV, the organization changed its name from the AIDS Committee to the Gilbert Centre for Social and Support Services. The Gilbert Centre, named after a founder Ed Gilbert, not only reflects the change in HIV, but also embraces the expansion of programming to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender individuals and families in the Simcoe Muskoka area.

More than Friends; Dating and Healthy Relationships Lesson Plan from Alberta Health.  Learner Outcomes: Examine various attitudes, values and behaviours for developing meaningful interpersonal

Relationships.

Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Relationship Quiz: Assists in assessing the state of personal relationships and identifying when and where to seek help.

It’s Time to Talk booklet (Society of Obstetrician and Gynecologists of Canada publication) provides an overview of male and female anatomy,  Birth Control and Sexually Transmitted infections (STIs), reviews myths and truth related to STIs, and unplanned pregnancy as well as worksheets for students to test their knowledge.

This booklet is for teens. It will help them think about how the decisions they make today can help them live a healthy and happy life now and in the future.  This booklet will guide them through six topics that will help them build their life plan.

Best Start - My life my plan


Want to order a Demo Kit?  Click here.

Visual depiction that explains gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and biological sex.   The Genderbread Person  by its pronounced Metrosexual

Public Health Agency of Canada booklet; Sexual Orientation in Schools Q  & A

Public Health Agency of Canada booklet; Gender Identity in Schools
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