Teaching Tool - Healthy Relationships (Grade 8)
These resources teach students about healthy, unhealthy and abusive relationships. They will learn about the factors that contribute to healthy relationships. Students will analyze the attractions and benefits of being in a relationship and the risks and drawbacks.
- I will analyze the attractions and benefits of being in a healthy relationship
- I will recognize the benefits, risks and drawbacks of relationships that involve various levels of intimacy for myself and others
- I will understand the need for consent in relationships and how and when it can be given
Core knowledge content
Core knowledge content provides the teacher with the background information needed to prepare and teach this health class.
Ontario curriculum expectations
Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education (2019)
- D3.3 analyze the attractions and benefits associated with being in a healthy relationship. Learn the benefits, risks and drawbacks of relationships involving different degrees of sexual intimacy. This specific expectation is also connected to the social-emotional learning expectations A1.1 Emotions, 1.4 Relationships and 1.6 Thinking.
Healthy relationships presentation
This presentation teaches students about the attractions of being in a healthy relationship. It covers the benefits, risks and drawbacks for themselves and others when getting involved in different levels of intimacy in a relationship.
My point of view is...
For this activity, the teacher will put three position cards (agree, disagree and unsure) around the room. The teacher will read a statement about relationships. Students will then decide which position card they relate to the most and move to it. This activity will follow with a class discussion.
- My point of view is... instructions
- My point of view is... statements
- My point of view is... position cards
The road to relationships
In this activity, students will build a relationship step-by-step with what they think are the best steps to follow in a relationship.
The big party
For this activity, students will read a story in small groups and then discuss it. They will answer questions about the different perspectives and situations that happened in the story.
- The big party instructions
- The big party Powerpoint presentation
- The big party: His story, her story worksheet
What would you say?
In this activity, students will explore different scenarios related to relationships. They will discuss in groups what the problem is and what the best advice would be for the person in the situation.
Knowing the signs
The teacher will read statements about relationships to the class. Students will place the statements in a chart as "healthy" or "unhealthy." The teacher will follow with a class discussion about the statements.
For this activity, students will write one healthy and one unhealthy quality of a relationship on separate pieces of paper. Students will then throw their papers toward the front of the class. Teachers will read the papers aloud and discuss what qualities make a relationship healthy or unhealthy.
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