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Teaching Tool - Sexually Transmitted Infections

This presentation teaches students about common sexually transmitted infections, including their symptoms, modes of transmission, methods of testing and treatments.

Target audience: Students in Grade 9
Length of core content presentation: 60-70 minutes

Criteria Met

Grade Ontario Curriculum Codes
9 Grades 9-12, Health and Physical Education (2019) 1.1, C1.4

Goals

In delivering this presentation, the teacher will:

  • Encourage healthy sexual growth and development by providing students with accurate information about sexually transmitted infections
  • Provide health information and living skills that promote healthy decisions and actions regarding sexual health

Objectives

By the end of this presentation, students will:

  • Identify the risks of engaging in sexual activity
  • Identify common sexually transmitted infections, including their symptoms, modes of transmission, methods of testing and treatments
  • Demonstrate knowledge of various practices and strategies for preventing sexually transmitted infections
  • Identify sources of information and support: school nurse, sexual health centres, physicians

Core Knowledge Content

Core knowledge content provides the teacher with the background information needed to prepare and teach this health class.

Learning Activities

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (essential)

    Time: 30 minutes

    Materials

    Instructions

    • Inform students that today they will be learning about the risks of sexual activity so that they can make responsible and informed choices regarding their sexual health
    • Deliver PowerPoint presentation, using prompts in presentation notes to conduct discussion throughout presentation, if desired
  • STI Bingo

    Time: Approximately 30 to 40 minutes

    Materials

    Instructions

    • Ask students to name a few examples of sexually transmitted infections and record responses on available board
    • Tell students that they are going to play a game that will review facts about sexually transmitted infections
    • Distribute STI bingo boards to each student. The boxes on the boards contain words relating to sexually transmitted infections, their transmission and prevention. Each board is different.
    • Tell students that statements will be read aloud that relate to sexually transmitted infections. Students will work individually or in pairs to determine the response to the statement and then share it with the class. Once a correct response is provided, and it appears on their bingo board, the participants will mark it off with a marker or dabber.
    • Use the STI bingo statements to read the statements aloud. Statements can be read in numerical order, or have students choose a number from 1 to 28 to pick a new statement.
    • After each statement is read, give students a moment to think of a response (individually or in pairs) and share with the class
    • Give the students a time to find the correct response on their STI bingo cards and mark it off
    • The first person to have five boxes crossed out that line up horizontally or vertically and calls out "BINGO" will be the winner
    • If the game ends quickly, explain that the next winner is the person with all the boxes on the STI bingo board crossed out

Consult Your School's Public Health Nurse

Your school's public health nurse can help you prepare for delivering this presentation and can assist you in developing engaging projects and extension activities. To reach your school's public health nurse, contact healthyschools@niagararegion.ca or 905-688-8248 ext. 7379.

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