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High Impact Instructional Strategies: Comprehensive Health

District Samples Curriculum Project (DSCP): Phase IV High Impact Instructional Strategies


I am very proud to present standards-based instructional resources for Comprehensive Health. The model lesson is a set of full lesson materials developed to train content area teachers at the 2016 "All Students, All Standards: Instructional Strategies Institute." The additional sample lesson resources represent the work of a team of Colorado educators to share how they develop their own unique standards based lessons that employ high impact instructional strategies. As examples, they are intended to provide support (or conversation/creation starting points) for teachers, schools, and districts as they make their own local decisions around the best instructional plans and practices for all students.

Phase IV of the District Sample Curriculum Project is intended to share just a sampling of lesson planning processes and ideas as a response to requests from local schools and districts asking for more explicit instructional sample ideas. Thank you to the educators that worked diligently to submit their work for this purpose!

Phyllis Reed
Comprehensive Health Content Specialist

Model Lesson

The following is the lesson that was modeled during the ASAS Institute by the Content Specialist.

5th Grade Health Unit: Bullies Are Not Ok

Lesson Description:  The teacher will read “My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience” and then discuss the short term and long term consequences of bullying so students can analyze the impact of the intolerance and lack of respect for the differences of others.  Students will role play the scenario from the short story and analyze the impacts of being a bully, being bullied and being a bystander.  Finally, students will individually reflect upon separate times when they were a bully, a bystander and being bullied.

View the “My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience” from the Langston Hughes Reader
View the Sample Lesson Plan: Concept-Based Lesson Planning Process Guide
View the Sample Lesson Plan template: “Bullies are Not Ok.”

Phase IV Lesson Submissions

Educators that attended the ASAS Institute submitted lesson plans including the following four essential elements:

  • Element 1 l Classroom Context
  • Element 2 l Lesson Planning with Rationales
  • Element 3 l Description of the Lesson Implementation
  • Element 4 l Reflection

To learn more about the four essential elements, click here.

You choose how you want to organize them...

  • By grade level
  • By practice/model/tool
  • Highlighted reflections, metcog, etc.

Details to include:

  • Lesson plan title
  • Submitted by, District (e.g., Jane Smith, District ABC)
  • Grade level
  • From DSCP Unit, if applicable

4th Grade Unit: Active Listening

Lesson Description: The purpose of this lesson is to have students concentrate on active listening skills, using a respectful tone when responding to adults and peers, and practicing techniques and skills related to conflict and negotiation, refusal, and collaboration.

8th Grade Unit: Personal Boundaries

Lesson Description: The teacher modeled effective self-advocacy strategies so students could begin to advocate for setting and maintaining personal boundaries. (e.g. around substance use/abuse, sexual decision-making).” This lesson was designed with the intention that no matter the situation, we can apply the same resisting pressure skills to advocate for ourselves. 

Summer Institute Teacher Workshop

The video captures teacher participants from the summer institute working on a Physical Education lesson developed at the Institute by the middle school team.  The 8th grade lesson focuses on the use of various manipulatives to combine creative movements. 

ASAS PE Keystone Breakout Session CDE 2016 video.