Providing instruction about growth and development, sex, and sexuality can be challenging! Here we provide sample exercises to get the lessons started, ensure a safe space for everyone, and convey complete and accurate information on many reproductive and sexual health topics. Educators can combine these lesson plans into a sexual health curriculum or use them to augment a science-based program.
For Educators Working with Elementary School-Aged Children
Advocates believes that educators need to begin teaching the skills of decision-making, assertiveness and goal-setting with elementary school-aged youth. Parents, teachers and youth group leaders can set the stage for open, honest and straightforward communication that can help young people make responsible and healthy choices later in life when faced with decisions regarding drugs, sexual behavior, health and other important issues.
Advocates designed an award-winning curriculum, When I'm Grown, for adults who assist children in the process of growing up. When I'm Grown provides interactive educational activities for children in grades K through 6. It is divided into three separate volumes, each of which focuses on specific grade levels: K-2, 3-4, 5-6. Please note, the downloadable versions of When I'm Grown and its individual lesson plans will be available soon.
For Educators working with Middle and High School-Aged Youth
Advocates' has developed a number of educational programs, containing a wide range of lesson plans targeting young people ages 12 through 18. You can find individual exercises from these programs, divided by specific topics and issues, on the menu to the left. You can view and download each program in its entirety. In addition, Advocates has provided links to other excellent programs and curricula developed by Advocates' partner organizations.