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Sexuality Education Gateway
Sexuality Education Gateway to Lesson Plans/Learning Activities

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Welcome. This gateway is designed to help teachers and other educators locate good lesson plans and classroom-based learning activities in sexuality education. We have identified many lessons and learning activities from credible sources. They are screened for their general educational value, pornography and commercialism only. You still need to check with your provincial/territorial guidelines, school district policies and use your own professional judgment on whether these lessons and activities are appropriate for your students. The Canadian Association for School Health thanks the Division of Sexual Health Promotion and STD Prevention Control, Health Canada for the support needed to develop this site.

To use this site effectively, we recommend that you:

1.    Review the recommended or required provincial/territorial learning outcomes so that you know what you have to cover in your sexuality education program.

2.    Read the background information supplied here or go to the linked sites that we have identified. In particular, we recommend reading the Health Canada Canadian Guidelines on Sexual Health Education.

3.     Review the detailed learning outcomes that are found underneath suggested topics list found in the table below. These topics and learning outcomes have been identified from a variety of credible sources. However, they are not intended to be the final word and, besides, you need to select or follow the outcomes that are most appropriate for your students.

4.    Visit the online help and youth sites that are linked to this site so that you can decide if they are appropriate for your students.

5.    Select the lesson plans or learning activities for your students by visiting and reading each lesson plan in the table below. For your convenience, we are also listing published programs and learning resources that are not on the web, but which can be purchased from other sources.

Please contact us with comments on lesson/learning activities or if you would like to suggest other lesson plans. dmccall@netcom.ca. Please take time to complete our user survey.

How To Use This Site
See table below to find hundreds of lesson plans, online learning activities and learning resources.

Table of Lesson Plans and Learning Activities

The lesson plans and learning activities catalogued in this table are presented within six learning domains and three other categories.
bullet preparing students for sexuality education
bullet functional knowledge about sexuality (learning domain)
bullet beliefs/attitudes/perceptions/understandings (learning domain)
bullet self-knowledge/intentions/image (learning domain)
bullet skills or practiced behaviours (learning domain)
bullet access to social support/motivation/resisting social influences (learning domain)
bullet access to preventive health services (learning domain)
bullet special needs
bullet special situations

Lesson Plans (LP), published learning resources/programs (LR), fact sheets (FS) and on-line learning activities (OL) are listed under these  domains by grade level. The numbers under each category denote the number of resources available. Please note that some topics are covered in more than one domain.

Table of Lesson Plans

Topic/Learning Outcomes

K-3

4-7

8-10

11-12

Preparing Students for Sexuality Education * * * *
1. Setting the Ground Rules 1 1 1 1
2. Proper Vocabulary 0 2 2 2
3. Respect for Others 0 0 0 0
4. Privacy and Confidentiality 0 0 0 0
5. Comfort and Safety 0 3 3 1
Functional Knowledge About Sexuality * * * *
1. Human Growth and Development 0 4 4 0
2. Anatomy/Physiology 1 15 6 3
3. Sexuality, Health and Disease 2 8 10 10
4. Parenting/Families 2 4

7

5

5. Conception/Pregnancy/Birth/
Contraception
, Abortion

0

10

38 38
6. Gender Identity and Roles 1 2 3 2
7. Values, Ethics, Morals

0

5 5

3

8. Sexuality and Society

0

1 1

4

9. Sexuality and Relationships

0

0 3 2
10. Sexual Activity/Expression and Associated Benefits and Risks (including abstinence, intercourse, monogamy, multiple partners, non-coital sex, masturbation, oral sex and anal sex * 9 16 15
11. Sexual Orientation * 2 3 7
12. Sexuality and the Law

*

*

2 1
13. Prevalence, Transmission, Prevention of STI * 5 24

21

14. Prevalence, Transmission, Prevention of HIV

3

16

17 9
15. Knowledge of Health Services (purpose, function, careers) * 0 3 2
16. Fears and Fallacies 0 1 1 1
17. Related Risks 0 1 2 1
Beliefs/Attitudes/
Perceptions/Understanding
* * * *
1. Sexuality is Normal Part of Healthy Human Development 0 3 4 4
2. Relationships, Love & Attraction 1 6 8

5

3. Passion/Emotions 1 0 0 0
4. Intimacy, Trust, Honesty, Respect 1 10 10 6
5. Coercive Sex is Unacceptable, (includes date rape)

*

2 12 10
6. Using Sex Unacceptable * 1 4 3
7. Beliefs about sexual norms, adolescent activity * 2 3 2
8. Sexual Harassment * 1 8 4
9. Pornography/Eroticism * 0 0 1
10. Accepting Personal Responsibility and Risk

2

3 4

2

11. Meeting Adolescent Development Needs (including taking risks, socialization, independence, recognition) * 3 3 3
12. Social Barriers to Condom Use, Purchase * 1 1 1
13. Compassion/Discrimination or Stigma   4 3 3
14. Gender Equity 2 7 7 4
Self-Knowledge/Intentions/
Image
* * * *
1. Developing and Clarifying Values

0

7 12 10
2. Self-Image, Self-Worth, Self-Concept, Self-Esteem 3 11 10 6
3. Preparation for Puberty 0   16  14 3
4. Beliefs in Capacity to Influence Own Health 0 3 4 3
5. Personalization of Longterm Health Risks 0 5 11 8
6. Perceptions of Immediate Social Consequences

0

1

1

1

7. Body Image   3 5 3
8. Awareness, Understanding of Social/Psychological Influences on Behaviour   4 7 4
Skills/Modeled or Practiced Behaviours * * * *
1. General Social Skills 0 4 2 1
2. General Decision-Making Skills and Problem-Solving

2

9 6

1

3. Media Literacy 4 9 6 6
4. Critical Thinking Skills 1 3 3 2
5. Specific Skills Related To Sexuality (avoiding, refusing, negotiating)

0

10 10

9

6. Developing/Maintaining a Personal Health Plan 0 10 13 9
7. Role Modeling/Advocating/
Helping Others
0 0 0 0
8. Condom Use Skills 0 1 2 2
9. Able to gather information from a variety of sources 0 0 0 0
Accessing Social Support/Motivational Supports/Resisting Social Pressure * * * *
1. Supporting Friends and Finding/Identifying Supportive Friends 2 3 4 3
2. Talking With Parents 4 10 10 7
3. Talking With Siblings 0 1 1 1
4. Talking With Close Friend 0 0 0 0
5. Talking with Trusted Adult 0 1 1 0
6. Acting to Discourage Harassment 0 1 0 0
7. Advocating for Better Sex Education or Sexual Health Services for Youth 0 0 1 1
8. Acting to Discourage Sexual Exploitation 0 0 0 1
9. Peer Led Sexuality Education Programs/Activities 0 0 1 0
Accessing Preventive Health Services * * * *
1. Awareness, Knowledge of Local Preventive, Sexual Health Services and Information 0 0 2 1
2. Comfort, Trust in Speaking With Physician 0 0 1 1
3. Comfort, Trust in Speaking With Local Health Professionals 0 0 1 1
4. Accessing and Evaluating Sexual Health Information on the Internet 0 0 0 0
5. Awareness, Knowledge, Comfort in Accessing, Testing for Pregnancy, STD or HIV

*

3

19 17
6. Awareness, Knowledge, Comfort in Accessing Emergency Contraceptive Services * 0 1 1
7. Awareness, Knowledge, Comfort in Accessing Abuse/Assault Services * 0 2 1
8. Awareness, Knowledge of Self-Help Groups and Youth Groups * 0 0 0
9. Awareness, Ability to Overcome Practical Barriers to Accessing Sexual Health Services 0 0 2 2
10. Ability to Gather Information on Sexuality from a Variety of Sources 0 1 1 1
Special Needs * * * *
1. Students With Disabilities 0 0 0 0
2. At-Risk Youth (Street Youth, Incarcerated Youth) 0 0 0 0
3. Ethnocultural Influences/
Conflicts
0 3 3 3
4. Aboriginal Students 0 0 0 0
5. Students Living in Poverty 0 0 0 0
6. Continuing Education for Young Parents 0 0 0 0
7. Victims of Sexual Abuse, Assault or Incest 0 0 0 0
8. Students in Geographically Isolated Communities 0 0 0 0
9. Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth, Same Sex Parents 0 0 1 1
10. People, Children Living With AIDS 0 0 1 1
11. Adopted Children 0 0 0 0
Special Situations * * * *
1. I think I'm Pregnant * 1 5 5
2. The Condom Broke * 0 0 0
3. I Forgot To Take My Pill * 0 0 0
4. My Partner is Pressuring Me to Have Sex * 0 1 0
5. Where Can I Get Emergency Contraception * 0 3 3
6. I think I May Have an STI/HIV * 3 17 15
7. Am I Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual? * 0 2 2
8. I have been date raped * 0 0 0
9.I am being harassed/bullied 0 0 0 0

Last updated: 02/15/2005


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