Wellness & Safety Teacher Resources

Find balance in your life and encourage your class to do the same with our comprehensive set of instructional ideas and activities on wellness and mind/body well-being. Understanding the mind-body connection is key to a person’s successful development. Help young learners focus on every aspect of their personal health, whether it’s mental, emotional, physical, social, or spiritual health, with Lesson Planet’s teacher-curated resources.

First, introduce class members to the idea of whole-body health with elementarymiddle school, and high school lessons on wellness. For younger learners, a short video helps them understand how to stay healthy, and older students can watch a video on Gilbert Ryle’s The Concept of Mind about the ways emotions can affect behavior.

The negative consequences of how mental and emotional health can affect physical health can be dire. Discuss the risk factors for drug addiction with a series of case studies, and follow up with a lesson on the ways to recover from addiction to prescription or other drugs.

Maintaining learners’ self-esteem can be tricky amidst puberty, peer pressure, and daily stress. Help them reflect on their self-worth with a workbook on several challenging situations, and a lesson that focuses on keeping a healthy body image. When discussing lifestyle changes, use a resource that examines how small daily improvements can contribute to long-term success.

Students need all the support they can get when it comes to their mental and emotional health. It’s your job to help support them—and it’s our job to support you and your curriculum needs.

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Health Smart Virginia: 10th Grade Social Emotional Health

For Teachers 10th
The 16 activities and lessons in this curriculum set support high school sophomores' social and emotional development. Scholars learn how to evaluate websites and online resources and gather accurate information about various types of...
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From Child to Adult

For Teachers 8th
There's no question that the middle schoolers in your class are going through a myriad of transitions. Adolescence brings changes in self esteem, relationships, anatomy, and emotions. Additionally, they will face additional challenges...
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Health Smart Virginia: 8th Grade Social Emotional Health

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate various health concepts, skills, and behaviors to plan for their personal, lifelong health goals. These include awareness and consequences of risky behaviors, disease prevention, overall wellness, and...
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Self Esteem Matters

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
As teachers we do not just teach what can be found in the standards; we teach our children how to be amazing human beings. Part of being amazing is realizing one's talents and having the confidence to showcase them for the world to see....
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Random Acts of Kindness: Coping With Stress

For Teachers 7th Standards
Middle school is a stressful time in many adolescents' lives. Teach them healthy coping skills and ways to identify, decrease, and balance the stressors in their lives with a series of engaging lessons.
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Environmental Justice Curriculum

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What to do with environmental hazards and where to put toxic waste is a global concern. The eight resources in the Environmental Justice collection ask young ecologists to consider how to incorporate environmental justice in future waste...
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In Sync Personal Development: Year 8

For Teachers 8th Standards
It’s not easy being a teen. The 10 resources in the In Sync Personal Development unit module help eighth-graders navigate the complex nature of teenage relationships, to help them make mature choices, manage peer pressure and other...
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In Sync Personal Development: Year 9

For Teachers 9th Standards
Change is inevitable—learning how to manage those changes is the focus of the 10 lessons In Sync Personal Development unit module designed for high school freshmen. Scholars develop behaviors and strategies for identifying and expressing...
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In Sync Personal Development: Year 10

For Teachers 10th Standards
The 10 lessons in the In Sync Personal Development unit module encourage high school sophomores to take personal responsibility for the changes in their lives and develop tactics to deal with these changes. Individuals set goals and...
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Ken Burns in the Classroom: Hemingway

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Hemingway: BH, AH. Before Hemingway and after Hemingway. A collection of PBS lessons, authored by Julia E. Torres, uses clips from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s documentary to EXPLORE the influence events in Hemingway’s life had on his...
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Health Smart Virginia: 9th Grade Social Emotional Health

For Teachers 9th
To begin the Social-Emotional Health series designed for high school freshmen, a seven-page packet of activity ideas, lesson plans, and information resources provides instructors with a wealth of materials to support teaching the...
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KidsHealth in the Classroom: Health Problems Series Grades 9-12

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The KidsHealth in the Classroom: Health Problems Series for high schoolers is divided into 18 lessons that examine alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; emotional and behavioral health; infectious diseases; and conditions such as diabetes,...
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KidsHealth in the Classroom: Health Problems Series Grades 6-8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
The KidsHealth in the Classroom: Health Problems Series, designed to address the CASEL competencies, focuses on helping middle schoolers understand what can happen when the body doesn’t function properly. The 18 lessons cover three...
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The Health Triangle

For Teachers 6th - 12th
What else does physical health include besides exercise and nutrition? How can I support my mental health? Does social health just refer to relationships with friends? How are all of these questions vital to the body's overall efficiency...
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Mental Health Awareness Project

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Here is a thoughtful group assignment for researching mental health disorders. Team members focus on a different aspect of a chosen disorder: symptoms, treatments, and community resources.
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Toward a New Understanding of Mental Illness

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
We know that as a result of early detection and intervention, we are able to make great strides in treating common diseases; however, this is not yet the case in the realm of mental illness. Explore this query with your class and touch...
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Mental Health Lesson Plans

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), the stigma of mental illness is often worse than the actual disorder. With the lesson plans, pupils discover the myths and stereotypes associated with mental health disorders....
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Face of Mental Illness

For Teachers 10th
New ReviewThere are a lot of myths and misinformation out there about mental illness. Help set the record straight with a resource that debunks the falsehoods and provides high schoolers with accurate and important information about the various...
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Face of Mental Illness

For Teachers 9th
New ReviewTo develop an understanding of the stigma surrounding mental health problems and the impact stigma and discrimination have on those who would seek help, groups investigate the symptoms of and risk factors associated with eight different...
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Ending the Silence on Mental Illness

For Teachers 9th
New ReviewTo end the silence on mental illness, groups research a mental illness. They then create a scene-by-scene script, cast parts, and record a video that details the symptoms, causes, and treatment of the disorder. They also include what...
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Mental Health PowerPoint and Notes

For Teachers 9th
New ReviewA 15-slide presentation summarizes key concepts from the Mental Health unit designed for freshmen. Viewers record the information on the provided worksheets. The notes prepare learners for a game of jeopardy.
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My Life—My Mental Health

For Students 6th - 8th
Between peer pressure, an onslaught of hormones, and brand new responsibilities, the teenage years can be emotionally volatile. Equip young adults with coping mechanisms and a safe place to discuss their feelings with a guided lesson...
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Mental Health Journals

For Students 8th - 10th
New ReviewEight prompts, designed to accompany the Health Smart series of lessons, provide high schoolers an opportunity to reflect on and learn from the issues raised by the various activities.
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Helping Adolescents Deal with Peer Pressure

For Teachers 12th
Designed by a mental health center, this presentation is meant to educate educators how to help teens face peer pressure. Tips are provided for identifying at-risk youth and bullying situations. This would be a poignant topic to include...