Curriculum Support

Your school’s Public Health Nurse can support teachers delivering the health curriculum. The following is a list of some suggested resources.

For more information, or to request a presentation, contact your school’s Public Health Nurse directly or contact the School Health Intake Line at 613-580-6744 ext 24242 or by email at healthy.schools@ottawa.ca

 Healthy Eating 

 

Resource Name and Target Audience

Resource Description

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Sugar Shocker Kit 

Kindergarten to grade 12

This display exposes the nutritional and sugar content of popular beverages. Fruit drinks, iced tea, pop drinks, energy drinks, iced coffee, sports drinks, vitamin added water, 100% orange juice, chocolate milk, white milk and water are featured. Packets of sugar illustrate the quantity of sugar in each beverage. An educational guide with key messages is also included.  

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 A display of beverage bottles with sugar packets in front of each bottle representing the amount of sugar in the respective bottles.

Healthy Eating Toolkit 

Grades 1 to 6

This toolkit contains various food models for students to create a healthy breakfast & lunch and identify recommended portion sizes. This toolkit includes lesson plans on healthy breakfasts & lunches as well as suggested activities intended to teach students about creating healthy, balanced meals. Activities vary depending on the grade level and are complete with activity sheets. 

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 A playfully placed table display featuring fake plastic toy food and papers

Nutrition Mini Kit 

Grades 2 to 6

This nutrition mini kit is a tool to help teach students the importance of healthy nutrition. The kit consists of these topics: 

  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Vegetable and fruit
  • Canada’s Food Guide

The kit includes background information for teachers, food pictures, activities and factsheets.

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 a Navy blue table display with Black flash cards that show different foods featured in the Canadian food guide.

Sip Smart!™ Display and Wheel

Grades 3 to 7

This display reinforces the messages children learn in the Sip Smart!™ Ontario classroom educational program by promoting healthy drink choices. Use the wheel and let the students guess how many cubes of sugar there are in a sugar-sweetened beverage. The bright-coloured banner will display what drink choices are best to have every day, sometimes and to avoid.

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 Sip Smart Display and wheel

Nutrition Labelling Kit 

Grade 5 to 12

This kit helps to explain food labels and to understand the different ingredients listed on food items. The kit comes with empty grocery item boxes that you can use to read and interpret actual ingredient labels. 

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 an a Flattened cereal boxes and granola bar boxes

Virtual Grocery Tour 

Grades 6 to 12

This 60-minute PowerPoint presentation prepared by Ottawa Public Health can be sent to teachers to deliver as part of their lessons. This presentation covers multiple areas related to healthy grocery shopping. It includes insight to the grocery store layout, comparing nutrition labels and tips for making healthy choices.

 

Get the Real Deal on Your Meal – Nutrition Myths & Facts Game 

Grades 9 to 12

This resource is a Jeopardy style PowerPoint game for teachers to use as part of a healthy eating lesson. The game categories include “Thirsting for Knowledge, Knowing your ABCs, Let’s Keep the Doctor Away, Pass the Salt Please and How Sweet It Is”. A facilitation guide with explanation and background information is also included as part of this resource.

 A colorful chart with the game headers Thirsting for Knowledge, Knowing your ABCs, Let’s Keep the Doctor Away, Pass the Salt Please and How Sweet It Is

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 Active Living

 

Resource Name and Target Audience

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Phyz Mascot

For kindergarten to Grade 12 school events

Phyz is the physical activity mascot. He comes with a green Active Ottawa Actif t-shirt and a blue Ottawa Public Health vest. Optional gear includes a black helmet and skates.

A Public Health Nurse must accompany this resource. 

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 Phyz Mascot

Physical Activity Dice Game

All grades

Kids love these super-sized, soft activity dice. One die is labelled with numbers, the other with simple activities like touch your toes, or do a push up. The children throw both dice in the air and complete the number and type of activity dictated by the dice. 

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 plush black dice with numbers and specific exercises on them

Tug-O-War

Grades 1 to 12

This 4-way Tug-o-war is an effective team builder. Being physically active and developing communication skills by working as a team to develop a strategy is the ultimate goal of this game. It can accommodate a large or small group. 

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 Tug-O-War rope in a bin

Body Ball

Grades 4 to 12

Body Ball is an activity used to promote physical activity. Participants wear Velcro vests and throw balls at each other that stick to the vests. Each kit includes 4 vests and 4 balls.

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 a display of the Body Ball kit

Active Transportation Wheel

Grades 7 to 12 and parents

This interactive game for youth and parents educates and increases the awareness around the importance of active transportation in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Participants spin the wheel and answer questions related to physical activity, pedestrian safety, helmet safety, the environment, cycling safety and associated myths. Includes separate question and answers cards for youth and parents. Ideal for events/health fairs.

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

 A colorful game wheel

Please refer to these websites for additional information:

Physical Activity:

Active Transportation:

Mental Health

 

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Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (PALS)

Grades 4 to 6

Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (PALS) is a leadership program that encourages all children to be active at recess. The aim of the program is to:

• Decrease conflict and reduce playground bullying;

• Increase physical activity;

• Offer senior students the opportunity to gain valuable communication, leadership and conflict resolution skills as games leaders.

A Public Health Nurse will support teachers to offer instruction to students in grades four to six with leadership qualities to be Playground Activity Leaders in their schools. The leaders plan and lead fun and safe activities, and mediate conflicts, during recess for younger students in their school. School staff over-see the program and in some schools, parents help.

 

 Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (PALS)

Body Confidence Presentation

Grades 4 to 9

This 60-minute workshop addresses key topics including:

  • Appearance pressures; where they come from and their impact on body confidence
  • Media including professional, personal and social media (including how they can be manipulated, why they are manipulated and how they affect body confidence)
  • Peer pressure and it’s role on body confidence
  • Strategies for promoting and protecting body confidence

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

 Self-esteem, body image photo

Mental health presentation

Grade 5

This 60-minute presentation covers multiple areas related to mental health.  Based on student needs, various topics could be covered such as resiliency, self-regulation, communication, conflict resolution, stress management and how and where to get help if needed. 

 

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

 

Healthy Transitions

Grade 6

Healthy Transitions is a mental health promotion program for young adolescents, their parents and teachers. The program was developed by the Child and Youth Health Network for Eastern Ontario and facilitated through the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). During the program, students will learn about bouncing back from setbacks, talking to parents, friends and teachers, coping/handling feelings, worries and stress and how and where to get help if needed. The Healthy Transitions program is designed to be used during class time and meets expectations from The Ontario Curriculum. The program includes group activities and discussions about handling everyday struggles and positive ways to express oneself.

A Public Health Nurse from Ottawa Public Health can support teacher in the delivery of the program.

 

Mental Health GAB

Grades 7 to 12


This game is based on the game MAD GAB. The object of the game is to get the most points while learning resiliency strategies, reducing mental health stigma and promoting health and well being. The puzzles contain small words that, when heard together, make a different word or phrase. For example, "Yore Luke Ink Hood" when pronounced quickly sounds like "You're Looking Good." Each puzzle comes with a clue that can be read by the facilitator if needed and key messages to reinforce learning.

Speak with your Public Health Nurse about booking the Ottawa Public Health game show podium when enquiring about this resource.

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Stress Busters Display

Grades 7 to 12

An interactive display that addresses ways youth can deal with stress. The display consists of 11 photos and accompanying tips on how youth can deal in a healthy way with the stressors in their lives.

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Please refer to these websites for additional resources and information:

Mental Health Service Providers for Children and Youth:

For a complete list of all mental health services available in Ottawa:

 Growth & Development and Sexuality

 

Resource Name and Target Audience

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Changing Me Banners

Grades 4 to 6

This activity kit includes two banners with corresponding anatomical body parts identifying the physical changes occurring at puberty, as well as a lesson plan addressing the changes at puberty.

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Sexuality Kit

Grades 7 to 12

This activity kit includes samples of the different methods of contraception and sexually transmitted infection prevention as well as the Condom Game and the Objections to Condom Game. The games are interactive activities and talking points for students. The Condom Game includes the steps for correctly putting on a condom which students need to place in the correct order. The Objections to Condom Game comprises 12 cards with excuses/objections to using a condom and 12 rebuttals for why a condom should be used. Youth need to match up the excuse/objection with the appropriate rebuttal. A list of recommended websites for youths and educators is also included.

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Healthy Sexuality Presentation and Support

Grades 7 to 12

Your Public Health Nurse can provide healthy sexuality support including the sexuality kit or a presentation to students. A variety of topics and activities are available (grade dependent) with regard to pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted infections and gender identity and sexual orientation.

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

 

Sexuality Wheel

Grades 7 to 12

This display is ideal for a health fair setting as an interactive, educational tool when teaching students about sexual health. Students spin the wheel, land on a category and a Public Health Nurse asks them a question corresponding to the chosen category. There is an option to hide categories on the wheel with a blank pie piece if the category is not appropriate for the setting where the wheel is being used.

A Public Health Nurse must accompany this display.

 

Please refer to these websites for additional information:

 Personal Safety and Injury Prevention

 

Resource Name and Target Audience

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Sun Safety Kit

Kindergarten to grade 8

This Sun Safety Kit contains an activity guide (JK to grade 4), UV Frisbee activity, DVD and factsheets. It also includes The Sun Game, a fun, kinesthetic floor game to reinforce UV and Sun Safety messages. The object of the game is to be the first student or team to arrive at the beach, having correctly answered the sun safety questions and then having collected all the items needed to be protected from the sun.

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Sun Safety Mini Kit

Kindergarten to grade 4

This Sun Safety Mini Kit contains an activity guide, UV Frisbee activity, DVD and factsheets.

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Active Transportation Bingo

Grades 1 to 3

The goal of this game is to help students recognize road safety signs while teaching them road safety. This kit includes laminated road sign illustrations, a riddle activity to help reinforce learning, 30 different Bingo cards as well as Bingo card markers.

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 Active transportation bingo

Cool 2 Be Safe Program

Grades 2 to 4

This is a curriculum-based program for schools. It is evidence-based and has been shown to reduce children's intentions to do fall-risk behaviors on playgrounds. This interactive program is designed to be flexible so that teachers can implement lessons whenever it suits their classroom schedule. 

 

Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

 Cool 2 Be Safe Program

Helmet Safety Bin

Grades 4 to 6

The Helmet Safety bin is used to educate students on helmet safety and head injury prevention. The bin contains a teaching manual with various lesson plans and activities, a bicycle helmet and mannequin head for a helmet fitting demonstration, photos of different types of helmets, photos of the brain lobes, an egg helmet, a gelatin brain mould, a trivia game and a DVD.

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 Gear-up to Move kit

Helmet Safety Presentation

Grades 4 to 6

This 50-minute presentation covers multiple areas related to helmet safety and head injury prevention. The presentation includes the anatomy of the brain, the importance of protecting your brain, matching different types of helmets with different activities and ensuring the proper fit of a bicycle helmet. A trivia game completes the presentation to reinforcing learning.

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

 

Bicycle Safety Presentation

Grades 5 to 6

This 40-minute presentation covers multiple areas related to bicycle safety such as helmet safety, rules of the road, and bicycle riding skills. A trivia game completes the presentation to reinforcing learning.

 

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

 Bicycle safety presentation

Multi Helmet Bin

Grades 7 to 12

This Multi helmet bin is used to support any activity or event by teaching about head injury prevention among youth. The bin includes a mini egg helmet, a head model and 4 helmets (bicycle, skateboarding, ski and hockey).

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Tobacco and Substance Misuse Prevention

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Poisons in Tobacco Kit

Grades 3 to 6

This interactive kit shows some of the dangerous chemicals found in household items that are also present in cigarettes. The anatomy of the lungs as well as the health effects of inhaling or ingesting these chemicals are discussed. A teacher facilitation guide, a student quiz and a storybook are also included.

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Pig's Lungs Presentation

Grade 4 

The inflatable pig’s lungs provide an excellent opportunity to teach students about the deadly effects of smoking. The display includes one healthy lung, a dried cross-section of a lung, a jar of “tar” and one diseased lung, which simulates the effects of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years.

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

Alcohol i-Clicker Presentation

Grade 5

This is a 50-minute interactive presentation using iClicker software. Each student will receive a handheld remote which will allow him or her to answer questions throughout the presentation. This presentation covers multiple areas related to alcohol and its use including how it affects the body and its potential negative effects. It is best suited for the grade 5 curriculum.

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

 

Substance Misuse Prevention Games kit

Grades 5 to 8

 A kit of interactive games related to alcohol and marijuana for students in grades 5 to 8. Instructions as well as all the materials needed to play the games are included. 

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Cannabis i-Clicker Presentation

Grade 6

This is a 50-minute interactive presentation using i-Clicker software. Each student will receive a handheld remote which will allow him or her to answer questions throughout the presentation. This presentation covers multiple areas related to marijuana and its use including how it affects the body and its potential negative effects. It is best suited for the grade 6 curriculum.

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

 

Substance iClicker Presentation

Grades 7 to 8

This is a 60-minute interactive presentation using i-Clicker software. Students will receive a handheld remote, which will allow them to answer questions throughout the presentation. This presentation covers multiple areas related to legal and illegal substances including the difference between prescription and illicit drugs. Substances covered in this presentation include examples of prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs and illicit drugs with an emphasis on tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis. Refusal skills are also discussed.

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

Substance Wheel

Grades 7 to 12

This interactive display is ideal for a health fair or as an educational tool for youth regarding substance use. Students spin the wheel, land on a category and a Public Health Nurse asks them a question corresponding to the chosen category. Grade dependent, categories include alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, opioids as well as refusal skills, ways to party smart and prescription versus nonprescription drugs.  Includes separate sets of bilingual questions and answers for grade 7 and 8 and for grade 9 to 12.

A Public Health Nurse must accompany this display.

 

Substance i-Clicker Presentation

Grades 9 to 12

This is a 65-minute interactive presentation using i>Clicker software. Students will receive a handheld remote which will allow them to answer questions throughout the presentation. This presentation covers multiple areas related to legal and illegal substances. Substances covered in this presentation include alcohol, cannabis, ecstasy, and opioids including fentanyl.

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

 

Opioid Misuse Prevention presentation

Grades 9 to 12

This 30-minute presentation covers multiple areas related to opioids including fentanyl. The effects on the body including overdose signs & symptoms and what to do in case of an opioid overdose such as naloxone information and access are also presented.

This activity must be staffed by a Public Health Nurse.

 Opioid Misuse Prevention presentation
 

Plasma Car Activity

Grades 9 to 12

This activity focuses on driving safety as it relates to impaired and distracted driving. It simulates driving while safely introducing a feeling of impairment (visual impairment goggles) or distraction (text messaging). Please see instructions for weight restrictions.

A Public Health Nurse must accompany this display.

 Plasma cars

Please refer to these websites for additional resources and information:

For Educators:

For Youth:

Dental Health

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Dental Health Resource Bin

Kindergarten to grade 4

Contains videos, books, posters, teaching models, as well as the Dental Health Education Module that includes lesson plans, activity sheets, background information and an evaluation section. Note: The Dental Health Education Module can be borrowed separately from the Dental Health Bin.

This user-friendly resource allows you to read the lesson plan, refer to the background section for additional information, photocopy the recommended activity sheets, utilize the models to teach students and assess student understanding. The Module also contains information to send home to parents to help promote dental health at home.

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Happy Tooth Costume

Children up to age 10

Male and Female adult-sized costumes complete with Velcro cavities, tears and smile – which we can turn down to make a frown. This costume is appropriate for use in the classroom, at a health fair, or at a community event.

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 Hygiene

Resource Name and Target Audience

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Glitterbug

Kindergarten to grade 8

This unit, and the activities that come with it, encourage proper hand washing. It contains an ultra violet light unit, “germ” lotion, activities, books, and an education module. Contents of the bin are bilingual.

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Hygiene Kit

Grades 4 to 6

The kit contains hygiene information cards, classroom activities, labelled product samples and fact sheets to teach students about personal hygiene. 

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 Hygiene Kit

Smelling Smelly DVD

Grades 4 to 6

This 9 minute DVD will show students the importance of personal hygiene.

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 Smelling Smelly DVD

 

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