Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Elementary Health Education: Meeting the National Standards

Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Elementary Health Education: Meeting the National Standards

by Holly Alperin, Sarah Benes

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Overview

Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Elementary Health Education is a highly practical resource for elementary health educators or general classroom teachers looking for innovative, tried-and-true ways to implement health education.

The text offers effective skills-based learning activities, lessons, units, and assessments for your classroom that you can use 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 into context as you learn how to implement a skills-based approach.

The 130 lessons and activities in Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Elementary Health Education have been
  • created by the authors and 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 align with a five-step skill-development model;
  • designed to be adaptable to meet the needs of all students; and
  • enhanced with student worksheets that are available in both English and Spanish.
Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Elementary Health Education is an ideal companion to The Essentials of Teaching Health Education, a foundational text by Benes and Alperin that 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 Elementary 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 provides digital versions of the book’s many reproducible forms, available in both English and Spanish. (The web resource is included with all new print books and some ebooks. For ebook formats that don’t provide access, the web resource is available separately.)

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
  • Assessments
  • Lesson plans
  • Learning activities
Lesson Planning for Skills-Based Elementary 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492590521
Publisher: Human Kinetics, Inc.
Publication date: 03/25/2020
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 324,313
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Holly Alperin, EdM, MCHES, is a clinical assistant professor in the department of kinesiology’s health and physical education program at the University of New Hampshire. Throughout her career, Ms. Alperin has worked to improve the health and academic outcomes of young people by leveraging partnerships that strengthen school-level policies and practices, both in the health education classroom and throughout the school. In addition to her teaching of preservice and graduate health and physical education majors, she provides training and technical assistance to preK-12 educators, administrators, and staff and develops and implements trainings to enable state and national stakeholders to improve the health and academic outcomes of children. Ms. Alperin is a sought-after presenter, having been invited to numerous local, state, national, and international events. She is an advocate for ensuring that health educators receive high-quality professional development, and she takes this responsibility to heart. Volunteer roles have included participation on a variety of professional task forces and projects for organizations such as SHAPE America; American School Health Association; Society for Public Health Education; and New Hampshire Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Holly received her bachelor degree in health education and health promotion from Central Michigan University and her master of education in policy, planning, and administration from Boston University. Holly currently lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters. Together they enjoy the best of New England—ocean, mountains, cities, and countless adventures.

Sarah Sparrow Benes, EdD, CHES, is an associate clinical professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College. Sarah teaches a variety of undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in health sciences, does service projects in local communities, and conducts research on health education and physical activity in schools. Dr. Benes was the program director for physical and health education programs at Boston University for six years before coming to Merrimack College. She has numerous publications in refereed journals and has written chapters examining health education; she has also made more than a dozen presentations on skills-based health education and related topics at state and regional conferences. Sarah is currently serving on the board of directors of SHAPE America and is the former vice president of health education for the Massachusetts Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Dr. Benes consults with school districts on health and wellness issues, with a focus on skills-based curriculum development and implementation. She is a certified health education specialist, a certified mental health first aid instructor, and a member of SHAPE America. Sarah received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in education from Boston University, and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching from Boston University; she is currently working on a master of public health degree. She lives in Natick, Massachusetts, with her husband, two daughters, and yellow Labrador retriever. She enjoys spending time with her family on nature walks and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Northeast.

Table of Contents

Part I. Setting the Foundation for Skills-Based Health Education

Chapter 1. Skills-Based Health Education: An Overview
Alignment With the National Health Education Standards
Skill Development and Assessment
Participatory Methods
Functional Information
References

Chapter 2. Designing Your Health Curriculum
Eight Steps of Curriculum Design
Using This Text
References

Part II. Skills in the Classroom

Chapter 3. Accessing Valid and Reliable Information, Products, and Services
Skill Overview
Skill Cues
Unit Outline for Grades K Through 2
Assessment for Grades K Through 2
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades K Through 2
Lesson 1: A Healthy Me!
Lesson 2: Who Can Help Me?
Lesson 3: Who Can Help Me in My Community?
Lesson 4: When Do I Need Help?
Lesson 5: Final Assessment Unit Outline for Grades 3 Through 5
Assessment for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson 1: Is It REAL? and READ Critically
Lesson 2: Finding Information About Puberty
Lesson 3: Managing Changes
Lesson 4: Practicing Our Skills
Lesson 5: Final Assessment
Chapter 4. Analyzing Influences
Skill Overview
Skill Cues
Unit Outline for Grades K Through 2
Assessment for Grades K Through 2
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades K through 2
Lesson 1: Influences All Around
Lesson 2: I Celebrate, You Celebrate
Lesson 3: Celebrating You!
Lessons 4 and 5: Final Assessment Unit Outline for Grades 3 Through 5
Assessment for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson 1: I AM ME!
Lesson 2: Peer, Family, and Culture, OH WOW!
Lesson 3: Going Beyond the Leaves . . .
Lessons 4 and 5: Final Assessment References

Chapter 5. Interpersonal Communication
Skill Overview
Skill Cues
Unit Outline for Grades K Through 2
Assessment for Grades K Through 2
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades K Through 2
Lesson 1: I Need to Be Me to Communicate Effectively!
Lesson 2: I HEAR and I TELL
Lesson 3: I Love . . .
Lesson 4: Expressing Ourselves
Lesson 5: Final Assessment Unit Outline for Grades 3 Through 5
Assessment for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson 1: Exploring Perspective and Empathy
Lesson 2: What Is Conflict?
Lesson 3: Conflict Resolution
Lesson 4: We Can Resolve Conflicts!
Lesson 5: Final Assessment
Chapter 6. Making Decisions to Maintain or Enhance Health
Skill Overview
Skill Cues
Unit Outline for Grades K Through 2
Assessment for Grades K Through 2
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades K Through 2
Lesson 1: Decision Making Is a Super Power
Lesson 2: I Spy . . . Becoming a Home Safety Detective
Lesson 3: I Spy . . . Community Safety!
Lessons 4 and 5: Final Assessment Unit Outline for Grades 3 Through 5
Assessment for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson 1: Being a Decision Maker
Lesson 2: Decisions, Substances, and YOU!
Lesson 3: Substance Use and Your Brain!
Lesson 4: Decision Making, Your Way
Lesson 5: Final Assessment References

Chapter 7. Goal Setting
Skill Overview
Skill Cues
Unit Outline for Grades K Through 2
Assessment for Grades K Through 2
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades K Through 2
Lesson 1: My Dream
Lesson 2: I Can Set Goals!
Lesson 3: Don’t Feed the Worry Bug
Lesson 4: Managing Stress to Support Mental Health
Lesson 5: Final Assessment Unit Outline for Grades 3 Through 5
Assessment for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson 1: Get GOALing!
Lesson 2: Habits for Balanced Eating
Lesson 3: All About Physical Activity
Lesson 4: All About Balance
Lesson 5: Final Assessment References

Chapter 8. Self-Management: Developing Habits to Improve Our Health
Skill Overview
Skill Cues
Unit Outline for Grades K Through 2
Assessment for Grades K Through 2
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades K Through 2
Lesson 1: Health Behaviors for a Healthier Body
Lesson 2: Food Group Shuffle
Lesson 3: Balanced Eating for a Healthier Me!
Lesson 4: Foods Fit for Me!
Lesson 5: Final Assessment Unit Outline for Grades 3 Through 5
Assessment for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson 1: Routines for a Healthier Me!
Lesson 2: Developing Routines to Manage Stress
Lesson 3: Stress Management Stations
Lesson 4: Sleep Tight and Rest Well
Lesson 5: Final Assessment
Chapter 9. Advocacy
Skill Overview
Skill Cues
Unit Outline for Grades K Through 2
Assessment for Grades K Through 2
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades K Through 2
Lesson 1: Standing Up for What You Believe In
Lesson 2: Ways to Stay Healthy
Lesson 3: Ways to Stay Safe
Lesson 4: Ways to Stay Safe (continued)
Lesson 5: Final Assessment Unit Outline for Grades 3 Through 5
Assessment for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson Plans and Learning Activities for Grades 3 Through 5
Lesson 1: A Is for Advocacy
Lesson 2: Being a Digital Citizen
Lesson 3: I Can Be Safe Online
Lesson 4: Stop Cyberbullying
Lessons 5 and 6: Final Assessment

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