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8th Grade Health Curriculum: Full Year Curriculum + Full Year Curriculum + Level 3 Middle School Health Curriculum

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Students and teachers LOVE these "Level 3 Health" lessons! LOW PREP! Step-by step lessons that follow PowerPoint slides walk you through each lesson!These lessons are taken from TeacherPayTeachers #1 best-selling Middle School/Jr. High Health curriculum.


This digital download product, is editable in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint for print and online on Google Drive.


The middle school years are also what scientists call a “sensitive period” for social and emotional learning, when the brain is primed to learn from social cues.”* What a perfect time to teach healthy habits and smart choices! This curriculum will help your teens navigate the mental, social, and emotional changes during this time in life and thrive!


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This resource is for the third year of Health-Either 8th Grade Middle School or 9th Grade Junior High.


Here is More About This Amazing Program:


  • Low Prep- All units are in one folder
  • Includes 4 Ready-to-Teach separate programs set up for 6, 9, 12, + 18 Week programs!
  • Teacher directions follow PowerPoint slides to walk you through lessons
  • FUN! I added a fun flip and fold interactive version of the "Student Packet Notes!" Students take notes from PowerPoint slides in all kinds of shapes and foldable cut-outs!
  • ALL STUDENT DOCS uploaded onto Google Slides and Forms
  • This program was created by a National Board Certified Health teacher with 19 years of experience teaching Health. Lessons are tried and tested!
  • Low Prep!
  • This resource includes many lessons that promote social and emotional learning (SEL).


  • ★ Bullying Escape Room
  • ★ Dangerous Decisions Unit!
  • ★ Addiction Escape Room
  • ★ Depression Escape Room


  • ★ This is an editable “For Print” curriculum created in Word and PowerPoint, AND a digital resource for BOTH GOOGLE DRIVE and MICROSOFT OFFICE USERS!
  • ★ Assign Health worksheets in your Google Classroom or paperless environment from Google Slides with fill-in text boxes. Also Includes Google Forms.
  • ★ Don't teach for 90 days? No problem! - Use the 4 "Set Lessons in Weeks You Teach" programs (See more below about set 6, 9, 12, and 18-week programs.)
  • ★ Includes a step-by-step instructional video I created to show you not only how to navigate my files and folders.





>> Integrated Skills Based, Content Based / Knowledge Based. The best of both worlds.

>> Meets all MS National Health Education Standards. 

>> Meets all MS Technical Subjects Health Common Core Standards.

>> Meets all Washington State’s rigorous Health Education Standards.



 Here's what buyers have to say about this program:


  • “Thank you so much for this resource, I have completely reviewed the content and am thrilled. I taught the first lesson and my students were enthralled. Buy it. You will not regret it."
  • “This resource has a ton of options.”
  • “Lots of great ideas!”
  • "When I found out I was teaching health in my resource room, I was very nervous. This resource gave me the tool I needed!"
  • “This resource was great. Thank you!”



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LOW-PREP! - PRINT AND GO! - SAVES SO MUCH PREP TIME! Here is How You Can Use This Flexible Program:


 See a video to visualize these programs!


There are 4 different "Set Lessons in Weeks You Teach" programs that can be configured in so many possible teaching scenarios, it's likely to work for your teaching line. These 4 programs are each on 1 PDF!


This 90-Lesson program has lessons each on 1 PDF if you:


  • a) Teach 7th Middle/8th Jr. High for 6 Weeks
  • b) Teach 7th Middle/8th Jr. High for 9 Weeks
  • c) Teach 7th Middle/8th Jr. High for 12 Weeks
  • d) Teach 7th Middle/8th Jr. High for 18 Weeks


"PowerPoints" and "Docs to Print" are also ready to use or print each on 1 PDF!



Here is a QUICK LOOK at the 16 units included:


1. Beginning a School Year

2. Stress, Depression, and Suicide

3. Mental Health

4. Diseases

5. Stop Bullying: Empathy and Violence

6. Tobacco

7. Alcohol

8. Drugs

9. Conflict Resolution

10. Self-Esteem

11. Nutrition

12. Sex Ed.

13. Environmental Health

14. Celebrating Diversity

15. Dangerous Decisions

16. Ending a Term






1. Beginning a Year Unit:


- Motivation: Building Confidence!

-“Confidence” Video with Review sheet

-“Best Motivational Video”

-The Gratitude Experiment”

-Thank You Letters

-File Folders and Learning Targets

-Who I Am Makes a Difference!

-Create Ribbons

-True Story Articles to Share


EXTRA: Organization to Begin a New School Year

-“Class Syllabus”

-Morning PowerPoints

-Learning Target Success Criteria Exit Sheet

-Discipline Tips

-250 All New "Learning Target" posters

-Teacher Evaluation Tips for the "Danielson" "5 Dimensions," and "Marzano" Frameworks


2. Stress, Depression, and Suicide Unit


-Creating “Stress Relieving” Card Game”



-Depression - vs - Clinical Depression

-True story article

-"Depression Survey”

-Bi-Polar Disorder


-"Depression Around the Room” activity

-Cutting and Suicide

-Suicide Risk Factors

-"Think Before You Speak” Video

-What to Do if Someone You Know Talks of Suicide

-Unit Test Review

-“Depression/Suicide Parent-Teen Communicator”

-“Stress-Free BINGO” Test Review

-Stress Unit Assessment

-NEW!! Stress, Depression and Suicide Escape Room!

-Shut the Door on Suicide Interactive Google Slides


3. Mental Health Unit


-Values Lesson

-"Personal Values" Survey

"Mahatma GandIi Quote"

-"Values Parent-Teen Communicator Homework"

-5 Dimensions of Health Mental Health Doodle Notes!! (OnGoogle Slides)


4. Diseases Unit


-Understanding Non-Communicable Diseases

-World non-communicable diseases stats

-Top Four Non-Communicable Diseases in the U.S.

“Non-Communicable Diseases Interactive Heart”

-“Ways to Prevent NCD Handout”

-Online “Personal Risk Assessment Tool”

-FUN!! “Non-Communicable Diseases Card Game"

-Coronavirus Activity added, as well as COVID-19 added to Communicable


5. Empathy/Violence/Stop Bullying Unit


-Definition of Empathy

-“Empathy Survey”

-"Empathy Homework”

-“Our Words Have Power

-NEW!! Bullying Escape Room!

-Empathy in “Perspectacles”

-“Life Stories Poster Project “

-”What Would It Be Like” Worksheet

-“One Person Can Make a Difference”

-Inspirational Videos

-Share Life Stories in Groups

-Prejudisms Discussion

-Assertive, NOT Aggressive

-“Blind, Paralyzed, or in Prison for Life”


6. Tobacco


-The Dangers of Tobacco

-Impacting Videos

-“Quit Brochures”


-Chewing Tobacco Dangers

-Cigar and Pipe Dangers


-Pregnant Smokers

-$ Spent on Cigarettes

-State Laws

-Tobacco Facts Articles

-Trends in Health Newsletter Homework

-"The Truth About Tobacco" Self-Advocacy Group Video Project!!


7. Alcohol Unit


-“Alcohol Truths and Myths

-Alcohol Dangers

-Alcoholism notes

-Interactive Alcohol Poisoning Activity

-Alcohol State Laws Activity

-Dysfunctional Families and Co-Dependent Behaviors

-Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

-“Alcohol Decision-Making Homework”

-Fun Alcohol Board Game

-Unit Test


8. Drugs Unit


-“Risk Factors For Addiction” Survey

-Intervention Video with Video Review Sheet

-Healthy Alternatives

-NEW!! Addiction Escape Room!


-Date Rape Drugs

-Ecstasy and Depressants Video

-”Drink Safety Tips” Activity


-Amotivational Syndrome

-Gateway Drugs

-Marijuana Video

-The Truth About Marijuana” Reflection

-PAIR/SHARE and Discussion

-“The Truth About Marijuana” Mural

-Drug Free BINGO Test Review

-Drug Refusal Skills Role-Play Task Cards

-Guest Speaker

-“Drug Unit Test


9. Conflict Resolution Unit


-So QUIC” Conflict Resolution Model to Resolve Conflicts

-“Why Most Relationships Fail” Video

-“Survivor” Video Example

-“I’ Statements Activity”

-Questioning Skills

-“So Quic Quiz” for Review

-Perceptions Activity

-“So Quic” Conflict Practice

-“So Quic Quiz #2”


10. Self-Esteem Unit


-Career Interest Survey

-“Rise Above the Dream Breakers Project”

-Inspirational Videos

-Self-Esteem Assessment


11. Nutrition Unit


-Introduction to Nutrition

-"How Nutrition Affects the Body" Class Art Project!! Students use provided links to articles on all these topics to complete two class bodies:

-"Calorie Awareness Worksheet" Help a boy named Marcus eat healthier!!

4. Students will start to use the "Harvard Healthy Plate Worksheet" to record their own personal formula totals!!

-Understanding Fat and Cholesterol

-“Fast Food Restaurant Posters”



-Water Extra Credit Activity

-How Much Sugar Should I Have?

-“Sugar and Fat Science Lab Experiment”

-Getting Vitamins

-The Importance of Breakfast

-Using the “USDA MyPlate”

-Media Literacy: Grocery Store Savvy and Product Manipulation

-“How to Read a Food Label Activity”

-Fast Food Posters!!

-“Food Label Scavenger Hunt”

-“Eating Healthy for Life Survey” (What bad habits do I have?)

-Healthy Versus Unhealthy Weight Loss

-Weight Loss Videos

-“Long-Term Goal Setting Activity”

-Understanding Eating Disorders

-Emotional Eating Survey

-Eating Disorders Video

-Improving Body Image

-Analyzing Media Video

-Media Distortion

-“Nutrition Facts Card Game”

-Nutrition Unit Test Review

-Nutrition Test


12. Sex Ed. Unit


-Sexuality Opt-Out” info


-Swan Story and Worksheet

-Personal Hygiene

-The Responsibility of Sex!


-Why Abstinence Makes Sense for Teens

-The Effectiveness of the Reproductive Systems

-Female Anatomy and Issues

-“Love Language Survey”

-Male Anatomy and Issues

-“Girl Talk/Boy Talk Day”

-Understanding Sexually Transmitted Infections

-S.T.I. Video and Slideshow

-“Communicable Diseases Card Game”

-“H.I.V. / A.I.D.S. Quiz”


-AIDS / Abstinence

-Good Reasons for Abstinence

-Setting Sexual Limits

-Birth control Choices and Worksheet

-Sexual Assault Information

-Sexual Harassment

-Sexual Assault/Rape

-NEW!! Sexual Assault Escape Room

-Traits of Unhealthy Relationships

-Dating and Domestic Violence

-“Healthy –vs- Unhealthy Relationships Activity”

-Social Media Safety

-Unit Test Review

-Fun “Sexuality Board Game”

-“Sex Ed. Unit Test”


13. Optional Environmental Health Unit

-21 different Ideas to Promote “Community Health"

-All new videos!


-Six Key Ingredients to a Healthy Community”

-Health or Fitness Careers

-Family Health

-Safe Home Environments


14. Cultural Diversity Unit


-“I Am....” Exercise

- Beverly D. Tatum’s “The Complexity of Identity: “Who Am I?”

-True Stories of Prejudism, Racial Profiling, and Racism

-True Stories that One Person CAN Make a Difference

-Bryan Stevenson’s Video: ” From Slavery to Mass Incarceration” and Racial Profiling

-Bryan Stevenson’s “Ted Talk”

-The House That Racism Built

-Ben & Jerry’s Ice-Cream Art Project!!


15. Dangerous Decisions Unit: Decision-Making Skills for:


-High Speed Driving

-Drinking Games and Binge Drinking

-Taking Bets and Dares

-Giving Out Info on the Internet

-Cutting, Self-Mutilating

-Water Safety

-Homelessness and Running Away

-Unhygienic Body Piercings

-Messing Around with Guns

-Shaken Baby Syndrome

-The Choking Game


-Using Drugs

-Goofing Around on Cars or Trucks

-The Dangers of Sun and Tanning

-Dangerous Selfies and Vaping

-★Articles now on Google Docs to save paper


16. Ending a Term Unit


-Term in Review

-Final Test Review

-“What I Learned in Health Class Board Game”

-Final Health Term Assessment

“Compliments Around the Room”



NOTE: This 8/9th Grade (Level 3) Health program is not consecutive with my High School Health program.


Thus, if you are interested in using both of our Middle/Jr. High and High School Health programs for yourself or your school district, you will want our SEQUENTIAL Middle/Junior AND High School Health Curriculum, which I designed as 4 consecutive, scaffolded programs ranging from middle to high school, with no lesson repetition.



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        Sharon Link

        My students absolutly loved this. I will use again and again!!

        Sarah BB

        When I found out I was teaching health in my resource room, I was very nervous. This resource gave me the tool I needed!

        Deidre J.

        This resource has a ton of options. I was a bit confused at first about the organization but I made it work. The PowerPoints are well put together and I really appreciated the coronavirus activity.

        Thank you! I just re-organized all the files so it would be easier to navigate! Re-downloads are free! Just go to your “My Purchases” folder!

        Daniel T.

        This resource was great to use with my Freshman health class. Thank you!

        Colleen R.

        I had two weeks notice to develop a health class. Thank you so much for this resource, I have completely reviewed the content and am thrilled. I taught the first lesson and my high school students were enthralled. Buy it. You will not regret it.