Teaching Materials

Our Prevention Program provides guidance to schools and youth serving organizations in selecting and adapting evidence-based teaching materials that are medically-accurate, age-appropriate and fit a range of educational environments. Our team also provides specific teaching materials that align with Maine’s Health Education Standards.

Puberty Happens

2018 Edition

Puberty education is a building block for future sexual health topics. This curriculum, updated in 2018, is written for youth in grades 4-6 and includes:

  • activities that address the social, emotional and physical changes of puberty
  • inclusive language and tips for addressing gender diversity in the classroom
  • realistic scenarios and opportunities for young people to practice skills and problem solve
  • a flexible, easy-to-use format aligned with national and Maine’s health education standards
  • supplemental lessons on a variety of age-appropriate topics such as body image, healthy relationships and Internet safety
  • background information, resources and support for educators

Please feel free to download the Puberty Happens units below, or contact education@mainefamilyplanning.org to request a hard copy of the curriculum.

Find out about upcoming curriculum trainings here!

Puberty Happens Curriculum

Please fill out the form below for a downloadable version of Puberty Happens.

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Middle School Sexual Health Scope and Sequence

2018 Edition

The Middle School Scope and Sequence is designed to meet the sexual health standards for grades 6-8.  The goal is to provide middle school educators with a Scope and Sequence for sexual health education between Puberty Happens, intended for older elementary students, and Best Practices in STDs/HIV and Teen Pregnancy curriculum for high school students.

This Middle School Scope and Sequence identifies learning objectives and topics appropriate for the middle school grades with lessons, resources, and educational videos that can be integrated into a wide range of middle school education settings.

The Scope and Sequence:

  • Helps students navigate relationships and build effective communication skills
  • Provides foundational knowledge of the human reproductive system
  • Describes the physical, social, and emotional changes of adolescence
  • Addresses people’s understanding of who they are, including gender roles and identity and sexual orientation
  • Assists students in recognizing unsafe situations, both online and within relationships
  • Enhances skills in communicating personal boundaries and understanding consent
  • Increases knowledge and skills for prevention of STDs/HIV and unintended pregnancy

Please feel free to download the Middle School Sexual Health Scope and Sequence below. Contact education@mainefamilyplanning.org for more information.

Find out about upcoming curriculum training here!

Middle School Scope and Sequence

Please fill out the form below for a downloadable version of Middle School Scope and Sequence.

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Best Practices in STD/HIV and Pregnancy Prevention

2016 Edition

Best Practices in STD/HIV and Pregnancy Prevention is designed to meet the sexual health education standards for youth ages 13-18, both in and out of formal education settings. The goals of the curriculum are to delay initiation of sexual activity and increase use of protection (condoms and birth control) among sexually active teens. The curriculum contents include:

  • lessons on goal setting, sexual decision-making, pregnancy and STD/HIV prevention, and healthy relationships
  • activities that are inclusive of youth regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity
  • a student-centered, interactive approach designed to meet a range of learning styles
  • activities that enhance knowledge, attitudes and skills for promoting healthy sexual behavior and decision-making
  • lesson objectives that are aligned with Maine’s Health Education standards

Please feel free to download the Best Practices curriculum below, or contact education@mainefamilyplanning.org to request a hard copy of the curriculum.

Find out about upcoming curriculum trainings here!

Best Practices Curriculum

Please fill out the form below for a downloadable version of Best Practices in STD/HIV and Pregnancy Prevention.

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