Elementary School Resources (K-5)

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) requires that all elementary school students receive a minimum of 20 lessons of health education.

  • 5 lessons on mental, emotional, and social health
  • 5 lessons on growth and development for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders
  • 3 lessons on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
  • 2 lessons on nutrition and physical activity
  • 2 lessons on family diversity
  • 3 lessons on other health content areas and relevant health issues based on students’ needs and concerns
    SFUSD Board of Education Policy #19-245pl

SFUSD recommends that teachers use the following lessons in each subject area.    REQUEST RESOURCES

5 lessons on mental, emotional, and social health

Curriculum

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Too Good for Violence K-5

helps elementary students differentiate between feelings and actions, encourage respect between peers, and celebrate diversity. Program lessons and activities help kids handle bullying, and choose alternatives to violenceToo Good for Violence K-5

Recommended Lessons

  • Grade 1: Lessons 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
  • Grade 2: Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Grade 3: Lessons 1, 3, 5, 6, 7
  • Grade 4: Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Grade 5: Lessons 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

 

 5 lessons on growth and development
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Tell Me About AIDS

Tell Me About AIDS provides developmentally appropriate and sequential HIV education

 

 
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A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up / A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up

A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up and A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up videos provide puberty education for students with special needs. Recommended for Grade 3.

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The New Improved Me: Understanding Body Changes

The New Improved Me: Understanding Body Changes video provides an information-packed explanation of male and female body changes to help young people accept puberty as an exciting and important event in their lives.

 

 

F.L.A.S.H

F.L.A.S.H. is a widely used comprehensive sexual health education curriculum developed by Public Health Seattle–King County.

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It’s So Amazing: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families

It’s So Amazing: A Book about Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families provides age-appropriate answers to questions many young people have in an informal, yet informed manner.

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Changes In You

Changes In You provides a gentle and sensitive approach that helps girls and boys feel confident and comfortable with the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Also recommended for upper Special Education populations.

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iMatter

iMatter, created by the Population Council, provides an integrated approach to teaching younger adolescents about gender, puberty, and rights. It aims to foster students’ social and emotional learning and to promote their connectedness to school.

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Actions for Health

Actions for Health is a comprehensive curriculum that can be used to complete the required number of lessons (e.g. hygiene).

Recommended Lessons

Grade 1
Tell Me About AIDS

Grade 2
Tell Me About AIDS

Grade 3
Tell Me About AIDS
A Boy’s Guide to Growing Up
A Girl’s Guide to Growing Up

Grade 4
Tell Me About AIDS
Flash Puberty: Day 1 and 2
The New and Improved Me
It’s So Amazing
Changes in You

Grade 5
Tell Me About AIDS
iMatter
Flash Puberty: Day 1 and 2
It’s So Amazing
Changes in You

 

 3 lessons on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs

 

Curriculum

 Too Good for Drugs

Too Good for Drugs is a universal prevention program designed to mitigate the risk factors and enhance protective factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. The program introduces and develops social and emotional skills for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure.

Recommended Lessons

  • Grade 1: Lessons 1, 7, 8
  • Grade 2: Lessons 1, 8, 9
  • Grade 3: Lessons 1, 2, 6
  • Grade 4: Lessons 3, 4, 6
  • Grade 5: Lessons 1, 3, 4

 2 lessons on nutrition and physical activity

 

Curriculum

Nutrition And Physical Activity Resource Bin

SFUSD’s Nutrition Education Project has provided a resource bin for each elementary school, full of nutrition education and physical activity teaching materials. The main curriculum is called “Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools,” and it consists of two binders of lessons: one for K-2 and one for grades 3-5. 

Recommended Lessons

  • Grade 1: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools K-2 Lessons
  • Grade 2: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools K-2 Lessons
  • Grade 3: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools 3-5 Lessons
  • Grade 4: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools 3-5 Lessons
  • Grade 5: Healthy Classrooms, Healthy Schools 3-5 Lessons
2 lessons on family diversity
Curriculum

My Princess Boy

My Princess Boy is the story of a young boy who likes to dress up in girls’ dresses. His family and friends are supportive but throughout the book he is made fun of at various times by others. Told from the mother’s perspective, this book promotes compassion by provoking readers to think about their own reactions if faced with a similar situation.

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I Am Jazz

I Am Jazz is a true story about a transgender teen who was born a boy but knew from a very young age that she felt more like a girl. One of the first children’s books to explain “transgender,” Jazz chronicles the real account of how a youth and her family deal with coming out as transgender and the struggle to be your true self.

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Jacob’s New Dress

Students may express or be exposed to gender diversity in many different ways. Wanting to conform can be stressful for young people as they figure out what makes them comfortable. Using the literature book, Jacob’s New Dress, this lesson illustrates the story of a boy who wants to wear a dress to school and how his family handles the situation.

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All Families Are Special

Mrs. Mack says she will be a grandmother, and her students realize that teachers have families. Suddenly everyone in the class wants to share information about their own families.

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And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

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The Harvey Milk Story

The Harvey Milk Story is a picture book depicting the life of the first openly gay elected city official in the United States.

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In our Mothers’ House

In our Mothers’ House is about two women who adopt three kids. All of the kids are different races; African American, Asian, and White. The book is told through the oldest daughter’s view as she explains what it was like growing up and being loved all the time by two mothers.

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King and King

When the queen insists that the prince get married and take over as king, the search for a suitable mate does not turn out as expected.

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Uncle Bobby’s Wedding

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding tells the story of a young guinea pig’s anxiety over her favorite uncle’s impending marriage to another male guinea pig.

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Recommended Lessons

Kindergarten
All Families Are Special
My Princess Boy
My Two Uncles

Grade 1
All Families Are Special
Asha’s Mums – Respecting Difference
And Tango Makes Three
Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
Mom & Mum Are Getting Married!
My Princess Boy
My Two Uncles


Grade 2
All Families Are Special
Asha’s Mums – Respecting Difference
And Tango Makes Three
Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
Mom & Mum Are Getting Married!
My Princess Boy
Jacob’s New Dress
My Two Uncles

Grade 3
King and King
Asha’s Mums – Respecting Difference
And Tango Makes Three
Uncle Bobby’s Wedding
Mom & Mum Are Getting Married!
In Our Mothers’ House
My Two Uncles
Jacob’s New Dress
I Am Jazz

Grade 4
King and King
In Our Mothers’ House
The Harvey Milk Story
Jacob’s New Dress
I Am Jazz

Grade 5
King and King
In Our Mothers’ House
The Harvey Milk Story
I Am Jazz

Additional support materials for teaching these lessons available at Support Services for LGBTQ Youth

 

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