Featured lesson plans for Middle School

Available for download through Horace Mann’s Sponsored Program with Health World

Horace Mann is sponsoring easy access to Health World’s e-learning library with hundreds of virtual lessons on health, safety, SEL and “brain breaks.” For Teacher Appreciation Week, we’ve pulled together some of the most popular lessons for Middle School students to make it easier to get started.

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Program: Respect Diversity

In this course, participants will explore their own diversity by identifying personal strengths and appreciating how these strengths unify communities.

Topics Covered:

  • Benefits of Diversity
  • Assumptions & Stereotypes |Conscious and Unconscious Stereotypes |“Busting” Stereotypes
  • Prejudice
  • Discrimination
  • Empathy
  • Bias, Hate Incidents, Hate Crimes

Respect Diversity program fact sheet
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Program: Fast Food Vacation

In this course, participants will learn how their food choices are being influenced through avenues such as the food’s marketing strategies, along with the media and even grocery stores’ advertising tactics.

Topics Covered:

  • Food Advertising/Marketing
  • How to maintain a healthy body
  • Reading a Nutrition Facts Label
  • Calories in = Calories out
  • Portion Sizes and Serving Sizes
  • Negative risks of excessive fat, sodium and sugar

Fast Food Vacation program Fact Sheet
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Program: E-Cigarettes/Vaping Prevention

In this course, students will learn about the dangers of vaping, the addictive quality of nicotine, and it's harmful effects on the body so that they are more likely to resist.

Topics Covered:

  • How e-cigarettes work
  • Other names for e-cigarettes
  • Contents of e-cigarettes including nicotine, flavoring, and carcinogens
  • Nicotine’s role in addiction
  • Vaporized marijuana and increased THC content
  • The impact of marketing strategies on adolescent e-cigarette use
  • Short and long-term consequences of using e-cigarettes
  • e-cigarettes as a gateway to tobacco cigarettes

How E-cigarettes Work program fact sheet
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Program: Keeping Kids Safe | Erin’s Law

The Keeping Kids Safe: An Erin’s Law Program teaches students in grades 6-8, age-appropriate sexual abuse prevention and personal body safety education.

Topics Covered:

  • Safe and Unsafe Touches
  • The Safety Rule about Touching
  • Safe and Unsafe Secrets
  • Body Warning Signals
  • Safe and Unsafe Adults
  • How to Speak Up and Tell a Safe Adult
  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse

Keeping Kids Safe program fact sheet
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Program: Getting Along With Others

In this course, participants will develop an understanding of what causes conflict, as well as healthy and unhealthy responses to it.

Topics Covered:

  • Causes of conflict
  • Healthy and unhealthy responses to conflict
  • Strategies to prevent/avoid conflict
  • Steps to resolve conflict
  • Communication skills: I-messages, body language, tone of voice
  • Respect and Empathy

Getting Along With Others program fact sheet
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Program: Brain Breaks

Pure Brain Breaks are simple and effective strategies to alleviate stress and to calm over-stimulated minds. The exercises, 1 to 5 minutes in length, are designed for easy classroom implementation. Participants can perform these seated or standing, at desks or on the floor.

Topics Covered:

Strategies are based upon Five Principles of Health & Wellness:

  • Body
  • Breath
  • Mind
  • Attention
  • Engagement

Brain Break program information

Program: Safety Smart® Science: Germs & Your Health

By exploring the science of health and germs, Bill Nye the Science Guy shows students how hand washing, getting nutritious foods, and getting enough exercise and sleep .

Topics Covered:

  • Germ Transmission (Direct and Indirect Contact)
  • Communicable and Non-Communicable diseases
  • Effective hand washing
  • Bacteria and Viruses
  • How to maintain a healthy immune system

Safety Smart Science Program Information

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