Chapter 6: Making Choices

A lesson looks closely at risky behavior such as teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Middle schoolers use a question box to ask questions anonymously. They role-play what life would be like if they became pregnant then discuss the risk of contracting HIV and the proper use of condoms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Ask the nurse to make condoms available in the office
  • Encourage pupils to continue the discussion with their parents or guardians, send materials home that can aid in an open and honest discussion
  • Relate the lesson back to the Circle of Life, facilitate a grand conversation covering how poor decision making can affect their circle 
Classroom Considerations
  • The lesson requires parent or guardian consent
  • Sixth lesson in a series of seven 
  • Use your best judgment when deciding how much information you wish to cover according to your class' overall maturity level
  • Make plans to speak to a health professional or invite them to co-teach the lesson
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Discusses safe sex practices
  • Allows for flexibility depending on the grade level 
  • Encourages responsible decision-making
  • None
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