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This chapter includes teaching tools. You will find a wide assortment of curricula,
lessons, and activities to choose from.

CURRICULA: Collections of health lessons in a comprehensive and coherent health literacy teaching unit. Lessons can also be used individually.

LESSONS: Includes clear instructions for teachers to follow, usually with objectives, lists of materials, a step-by-step process, and follow up activities. Some of the sites listed in this section are single lessons, and others are collections of lessons, but not a coherent curriculum.

ACTIVITIES: Includes interactive activities that can easily be developed into lessons, or used to practice or reinforce skills or information learned previously. Some activities are to be done online, either individually or in groups. If you do not have access to computers during class, many activities can be printed out and used creatively in written form. For example, PowerPoint slide presentations can be printed and used as a series of handouts to read, discuss, put in order, and add to.

Curricula

Breast and Cervical Cancer Curriculum
Comprehensive evidence-based adult literacy curriculum.
Home Page:
heal.worlded.org

EL/Civics Health Curriculum
Ten-unit, multi-level adult literacy curriculum.
Direct Link:
www.ccs.k12.va.us/programs/esl/
docs/health/Health_Curriculum.pdf

Home Page:
www.ccs.k12.va.us/programs/esl

El Paso Collaborative Health Literacy Curriculum
Six-lesson curriculum with links to handouts and a good introduction to teaching health.
Direct Link:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/elpaso/index.htm

Home Page:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/elpaso

Fairfax County EL/Civics Curriculum: Health Modules
Curricula addressing how to navigate the U.S. health care system, available in the following versions and levels.
Home Page:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu

Fairfax County EL/Civics Curriculum: Health Modules
Curricula addressing how to navigate the U.S. health care system, available in the following versions and levels.
Home Page:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu

Family Literacy Health Curriculum
Direct Link:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu/publications/
healthlit/sections/d/familylit.pdf

Low Beginner Health Curriculum E for Easy to Read
Direct Link:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu/publications
/healthlit/sections/d/lbhealth.pdf

Low Beginner Health Curriculum Landscape Handouts
Direct Link:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu/publications
/healthlit/sections/d/lbhandouts.pdf

High Beginner Health Curriculum
Direct Link:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu/publications
/healthlit/sections/d/hbhealth.pdf

High Beginner Health Curriculum Landscape Handouts
Direct Link:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu/publications/
healthlit/sections/d/hbhandouts.pdf

Low Intermediate Health Curriculum
Direct Link:
www.aelweb.vcu.edu/publications
/healthlit/sections/d/lihealth.pdf

Healthy Smiles Curriculum
Comprehensive oral health curriculum for family literacy students.
Direct Link:
www.pafamilyliteracy.org/pafamilyliteracy/
lib/pafamilyliteracy/HealthySmilesCurriculum.pdf

Home Page:
www.pafamilyliteracy.org

Picture Stories for Adult ESL Health Literacy E for Easy to Read
Eight-lesson curriculum using comic-style picture stories and good teaching points for each. Can be adapted to any level.
Home Page:
www.cal.org/caela/esl_resources/Health/healthindex.html

What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick
Available in print only. A comprehensive, easy-to-read, 180-page picture-filled paperback with teacher's guide.
Order Online:
www.iha4health.org/index.cfm?
menuitemid=130&menusubid=61

Home Page:
www.iha4health.org

We Can! Energize Our Families: Curriculum for Parents and Caregivers
Six-lesson curriculum addressing activity and calorie balance.
Direct Link:
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/
heart/obesity/wecan_mats/parent_curr.htm

Home Page:
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/
heart/obesity/wecan/index.htm

Workshop on Stress by the Scale Health Action Team
Scroll down for workshop on stress.
Direct Link:
www.sabes.org/health/scale1.htm

Home Page:
www.sabes.org



Lessons

American Heart Lesson Ideas and Activities E for Easy to Read
Great collection of lessons and activities for pre-K through 8th grade. Use with parents and kids or adapt for adult literacy students.
Direct Link:
www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3003345

Home Page:
www.americanheart.org

Buying Medicine
Lesson for literacy students using Drugstore.com Web site.

Direct Link:
www.geocities.com/sgaer/occatesol/drugstore.htm
Home Page:
www.geocities.com/sgaer

Educator's Reference Desk E for Easy to Read
Collection of lesson plans for K through 8th grade that can be adapted for adult learners or activities for parents and children together.
Direct Link:
www.eduref.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Health
Home Page:
www.eduref.org

Food and Fun for Families
Lesson plans, handouts, slide shows, and community teaching kits.
Direct Link:
www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Food_Fun/index.html
Home Page:
www.nal.usda.gov

Getting Good Advice
Classroom-tested adult literacy lesson.
Direct Link:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/lessons/gardner.htm
Home Page:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/

Home Fire Safety: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Lesson plan using video, brochure, and discussion.
Direct Link:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/clclessons/firesafety
Home Page:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/clclessons



Curricula, Lessons, and Activities

Keeping Your Child Healthy at Home
Lesson on common childhood illnesses, with video.
Direct Link:
http://www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/childhealthylesson/
Home Page:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/

My Life Story with Cancer E for Easy to Read
Student-written story in English and Spanish with teacher's guide.
Direct Link: www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/Mary/introduction.html
Home Page:
heal.worlded.org

Playing with Children for Good Health
Two-part lesson, one on nutrition and child obesity, the other on exercise. Direct Link:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/clclessons/playing

Home Page:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/clclessons

Presentations on Breast Cancer
Classroom-tested adult literacy lesson.
Direct Link:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/lessons/mujeres.htm

Home Page:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/

Ready, Set, PARENT! WebQuest
Scroll down to find "Ready, Set, PARENT!"WebQuest. This lesson uses Web searching to learn parenting skills and information.
Direct Link:
www.altn.org/webquests/downloads
Home Page:
www.altn.org

Risk Watch E for Easy to Read
Lesson Plans Created for pre-K through 8th grade, some are adaptable for family literacy programs.
Direct Link:
www.nfpa.org/riskwatch/home.html
Home Page:
www.nfpa.org

Rosalie's Neighborhood
Oral health lesson using easy-to-read stories.
Direct Link:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/docs/Rosalie/
Home Page:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/

Safekids.org: Teachers' Desk
Lessons for kids that can easily be adapted for family literacy students. Direct Link:
www.usa.safekids.org/tier2_rl.cfm?folder_id=700
Home Page:
www.usa.safekids.org

Stella's Story E for Easy to Read
Adult literacy lesson on women and stress.
Direct Link:

heal.worlded.org/
healBccHtml/unit1/unit1_lesson_3htm

Home Page:
heal.worlded.org

Stress is a Part of Life
Classroom-tested adult literacy lesson.
Direct Link:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/lessons/swgeorgia.htm
Home Page:
heal.worlded.org

What is Good Health?
Word Mapping Lesson Good lesson for introducing health in the classroom.
Direct Link:
heal.worlded.org/
healBccHtml/unit1/unit1_lesson_1.htm

Home Page:
heal.worlded.org



Activities

Aim for a Healthy Weight
Information and tools for teaching weight control, includes BMI calculator and online menu planner.
Direct Link:
www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public
/heart/obesity/lose_wt/index.htm

Home Page:
www.nhlbi.nih.gov

American Heart Association Kids Page E for Easy to Read
Activities, worksheets, and games for pre-K through 8th grade. Use with parents and kids or adapt for adult literacy students.
Direct Link:
www.americanheart.org/
presenter.jhtml?identifier=3028650
Home Page:
www.americanheart.org

California Distance Learning Project E for Easy to Read
Online stories and activities with sound.
Direct Link:
www.cdlponline.org/index.cfm?
fuseaction=stories&topicID=5

Home Page:
www.cdlponline.org

Cooking Safely
A crossword puzzle.
Direct Link:
www.foodsafety.gov/~fsg/f99cword.html

Home Page:
www.foodsafety.gov

Dole 5 A Day Teacher Page
Lessons and child-friendly activities.
Direct Link:
www.dole5aday.com/Teachers/T_Index.jsp

Home Page:
www.dole5aday.com

Explore Nutrition with Your Child E for Easy to Read
Online slide show and lesson.
Direct Link:
www.tv411.org/lessons/cfm/
learning.cfm?str=learning&num=11&act=1

Home Page:
www.tv411.org

Fight Bac! Keep Foods Safe from Bacteria
Food safety information, activities for kids and adults, and resources for educators.
Direct Link:
http://portal.fightbac.org/pfse/toolsyoucanuse
Home Page:
www.fightbac.org/main.cfm

Food and Fun for Families
Lesson plans, handouts, slide shows, and community teaching kits.
Direct Link:
www.nal.usda.gov/wicworks/Food_Fun/index.html
Home Page:
www.nal.usda.gov

Food: Safety, Nutrition, Preparation
Slide shows, handouts, games, and activities.
Direct Link:
www.lancaster.unl.edu/food/resources.htm
Home Page:
www.lancaster.unl.edu/food

LaRue Health Literacy Activities E for Easy to Read
Online slide shows with sound and quizzes, available in English, Arabic, Hmong, and Somali.
Direct Link:
www.mcedservices.com/medex/medex.htm
Home Page:
www.mcedservices.com

Learn About Chemicals Around Your House
Interactive site with clear information on household products and toxic substances.
Direct Link:
www.epa.gov/kidshometour
Home Page:
www.epa.gov

Liquid Medicines: Taking the Right Dose
Hands-on activity to learn proper dosing.
Direct Link:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/doses/index.htm
Home Page:
www.healthliteracy.worlded.org/

NIBBLE
Information, activities, and teaching guides.
Direct Link:
www.umass.edu/nibble/director.html
Home Page:
www.umass.edu/nibble

REEP Health Homepage E for Easy to Read
Online health learning activities for beginning ESOL and literacy.
Direct Link:
www.reepworld.org/englishpractice/index.htm

Home Page:
www.reepworld.org

Sparky the Fire Dog E for Easy to Read
Information, games, and activities to help kids learn fire safety.
Home Page:
www.sparky.org

Taking Medicine Responsibly E for Easy to Read
Online slide show and lesson.
Direct Link:
www.tv411.org/lessons/cfm/
learning.cfm?str=learning&num=12&act=1

Home Page:
www.tv411.org

What a Friend Can Do For You E for Easy to Read
Online photonovela with sound.
Direct Link:
heal.worlded.org/friends/index.html

Home Page:
heal.worlded.org


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