Curriculum Support and Resources

Aug 24, 2021 – Please note that a COVID-19 School Support Team is in place to support the schools. Visit our Supporting schools page for more information.
The list of resources below has been updated to reflect what is available at this time. Please connect with your school’s public health nurse for more information.

Active Living / Injury Prevention

Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Active Living / Injury Prevention

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Active Living

Ottawa Public Health 

 (for general public)

Healthy Living:

  • How much do I need?
  • Helmet Safety
  • Start Cycling
  • Walk More
  • Where to be Active

Parenting in Ottawa

 (for parents)

  • Active Transportation

The LINK Ottawa

 (for youth and young adults)

  • Tips for youth to add more physical activity into their lives
  • Reward Apps

Injury Prevention

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

  • Helmet Safety
  • Sun Safety and Tanning
  • Water Safety
  • Playground Safety

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Drug and Medication Safety
  • Helmet Safety
  • Walking and Cycling Safety
  • Sun Safety
  • Keeping children safe during hot weather
  • Mosquito and Tick Bites
  • Playground Safety
  • Water Safety

The LINK Ottawa 

(for youth and young adults)

  • Distracted driving
  • Staying safe while active
  • Sun safety
  • Water safety
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Online resources from other organizations  - Active Living / Injury Prevention

Organization

 Description

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Latest updates and resources for the Canadian Physical Activity and 24-hour Movement guidelines.

Canadian Intramural Recreation Association (CIRA) - Ontario

Physical activity game demo videos.

Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario

  • Healthy Kids

Fun and engaging Hands Up videos can help children understand the importance of physical and health literacy. 

Includes lesson plans for K-8.

Ophea

Daily Physical Activity – Lesson plans, supplements and activities.

Participaction 

Build your best day program. Interactive activities for students. Fact sheets, activity posters, games and more.

Physical & Health Education Canada

Programs to ensure that children are receiving the very best physical activity and physical and health education programming designed to be inclusive, fun and support the development of the whole child.

PlaySport

Online activity-based resource to help participants build physical literacy, health literacy and the skills for healthy active living. Includes downloadable activity cards (animations/illustrations), links to the Ontario H&PE Curriculum).

Active Transportation

EnviroCentre – School Active Transportation

School Active Transportation Program.

Ontario Active School Travel

Information and tips for increase active school travel.

Includes:

School Travel Planning toolkit.

Ottawa Safety Council

Information on the Walking School Bus Program.

Ottawa Student Transportation Authority

Information on the Walking School Bus Program.

Concussions

Ministry of Education of Ontario -

Information for parents, educators, students and coaches on concussion prevention, identification and management.

Ministry of Education of Ontario -

Memorandum to provide direction to school boards on the development and implementation of their concussion policy.  

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - 

Guide on ways to prevent, identify and manage concussions. 

Ophea -

Toolkit developed to help schools and classrooms recognize Rowan’s Law Day and encourage students to speak up about concussions.

Ophea -

Concussion protocol and implementation tools.

Parachute Canada -

Concussion guide for teachers.

Parachute Canada -

Informative and fun half-day neuroscience presentation for students in grades 4 to 6. Students learn about parts of the brain and about protecting their brain and spinal cord. This program is coordinated through the University of Ottawa.

Road and Cycling Safety

Ontario Road Safety Learning tools and teaching aids organized by grade level and topic. For K-12.

Sun Safety

Canadian Cancer Society  SunSense Certification – Acknowledges and celebrates schools that have created a sun safe environment to protect students and staff from harmful ultraviolet radiation. 

Water Safety

Life Saving Society Swim to Survive – Training program for students in grade 3.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability. 

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Dental Health

Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Dental Health

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

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Online resources from other organizations - Dental Health

Organization

Description

Canadian Dental Association

Children activities and teaching resources to promote the importance of oral health to children in a fun way.

Healthy Smiles Ontario

Free dental care program for children 17 years old and under, if eligible. Designed for lower-income families in need of support.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability. 

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Growth & Development / Sexual Health

Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Growth & Development / Sexual Health

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

  • Information on different types of birth control
  • Sexual Health Clinics and services in Ottawa
  • Sexually Transmitted and/or Blood Borne Infections (STBBIs)
  • Men’s Sexual Health (Guys into guys)
  • Where to find free condoms in Ottawa
  • Test & Go (clinic times for quick routine STBBI testing)

Parenting in Ottawa - Children

Parenting in Ottawa - Youth

(for parents)

  • Talking to your child about puberty
  • Talking to your teen about puberty and Sexual Health

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

  • Sexual Health Clinics and Services
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections and/or Blood Born Infections (STBBIs)
  • Birth Control options
  • Pregnancy
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sexuality, Gender, and Cultural Diversity
  • My body, My health (reproductive systems, puberty, vaginal health, masturbation, body image)
  • Sex it Smart (get free condoms)

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Online resources from other organizations - Growth & Development / Sexual Health

Organization

Description

 Ophea -

 

Downloadable resources and support teaching adolescent growth and development, personal hygiene and healthy active living. For grades 5-8.

 

Planned Parenthood Ottawa

Provides education, counselling, information and referrals.

PREVNet

Healthy Dating Relationships Guide.

Public Health Agency of Canada

Information on Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sexual Health Facts and Information for the public.

Sex Information & Education Council of Canada (Sieccan)

Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education provide guidance to educators and policy makers for the development and evaluation of comprehensive evidence-based sexual health education in Canada. (2019)

Also includes: Sexual Health Education for Youth with Physical Disabilities; Sexual Orientation in Schools; Gender Identity in Schools; Relationships and Sexual Health during COVID-19.

Teaching Sexual Health

 

 

Teacher portal from Alberta Education. Teacher guide on how to respond to student questions and manage sensitive issues. Includes lesson plans, tools and grade-specific resources.

 

Differing Abilities: Lesson plans for students who may experience challenges in their social and emotional development in comparison to typically developing students.    The lesson plans often give options for students who may need more support versus activities where students can work more independently or in small groups.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) –

Information on sexual and reproductive health. Includes LGBTTQ+, healthy relationships and consent. 

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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Healthy Eating

Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Healthy Eating

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general audience)

  • Find a Registered Dietitian in Ottawa
  • Finding Fresh Vegetables and Fruits in Ottawa
  • Food Insecurity
  • Food Safety
  • For Professionals
  • Programs and Resources
  • Healthy Eating for Children and Youth

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

  • Dieting
  • Meal planning
  • Navigating Eating Out
  • Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
  • Energy Drinks

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Online resources from other organizations - Healthy Eating

Organization

Description

BrightBites

 

Resources for teachers and school leaders to improve school nutrition and the eating habits of students

 

Includes:

Sip Smart! Ontario – Lesson plans licensed by the Ministry of Education to educate children on sugary drinks and healthy drink choices

Food Allergy Canada

Brochures, posters, and information sheets on common food allergens.

Foodland Ontario

Interactive website on the availability of Ontario produce, nutritional benefits, and recipes. Includes Kids Corner.

Freggie Tales

Children’s program to encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Includes lesson plans and interactive online games for students. For grades 1-6. 

Government of Canada -

Released in 2019. This guide is a modern approach to promoting healthy eating, making healthier eating choices easier for all Canadians.  Available in multiple languages.

Health Canada

Various nutrition topics throughout the lifecycle: food labels, food allergies and intolerances, food safety, healthy weights, choosing healthy foods, nutrients, and much more.


Canada’s Food Guide – Tips and tools to help you eat well

Nutrition Screening

Nutrition screening questionnaires to find out what is going well, where there is room for improvement, and where to find trusted healthy eating information and tools.

 

Nutri-eSTEP for preschoolers - 17 questions for a parent or caregiver for a preschool child (3-5 years).

Policy/Program Memorandum No. 150 (PPM 150)

Nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario.

The Healthy Eating Manual

Lesson plans and activities to incorporate healthy eating information into programs.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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Hygiene

Resources - Hygiene

Resource name and target audience

Resource description

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Handwashing poster

All grades

Printable bilingual poster that illustrates the 6-steps to proper hand washing.

 

Download poster

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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.

 

Our Glitterbug units have been lent to the school boards for distribution in their schools.  Connect with your school board representative to receive it in your school.

Photo of Glitterbug handwashing unit

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Hygiene

Our pages / Target Audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

  • Cleaning and disinfection checklist
  • Cleaning and disinfection of toys
  • Chain of infection
  • Hand hygiene for infants and young children
  • Hand hygiene resources
  • Environmental cleaning and disinfection in child care centres and schools

Parenting in Ottawa - Children

 

Parenting in Ottawa - Youth

(for parents)

  • Hand Hygiene and children, proper hand washing technique
  • Using Hand Sanitizer
  • Washing a young child’s hands
  • Body, face, hair and nail care

The LINK Ottawa - Vaginal Health

 

The LINK Ottawa - Penis Care

(for youth and young adults)

 

  • Information and tips on vaginal health and penis care.

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Mental Health

Resources - Mental Health

Resource name and target audience

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MindMasters 2

JK to grade 4

MindMasters 2 is a mental health promotion resource that helps children to master emotional regulation through relaxation, positive thinking and mindfulness.
It introduces children to these skills in fun and age-appropriate ways. With practice, children can use these skills on their own, in a variety of settings throughout their lifetime.

MindMasters 2 was developed by the Child and Youth Health Network for Eastern Ontario and the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario. It is now a program of Ottawa Public Health. It is designed for adults (both parents and professionals) to use with children ages 4-9 years. 

It includes a guidebook (with instructions, discussion questions and link to the Ontario Elementary curriculum) printable templates and media files (audio tracks, videos, songs). 

 

MindMasters 2 - View/download program files.

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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.

Student 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.

Chapter 1 – Marketing (pdf - 402 KB)
Chapter 2 – Teacher Parent Presentation (pdf - 2 MB)
Chapter 3 – Presentation Background (pdf - 984 KB)
Chapter 4 – Supervisor Handbook (pdf - 1 MB)
Chapter 5 – Student Leader Training (pdf - 138 KB)
Chapter 6 – Student Leader Handbook (pdf - 2 MB)
PALS Game Book (pdf - 3 MB)

PALS PowerPoint - Contact your Public Health Nurse for more information.

Playground Activity Leaders in Schools (PALS)

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.

Preparation module: Getting Started

Session 1: Thoughts, Feelings, Actions

Session 2: Coping with Feelings and Stress

Session 3: Getting Help When Feeling Overwhelmed

Session 4: Communication

Image of Healthy Transitions Mental Health program handout

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.

This game is played using an interactive PowerPoint presentation. To access this activity, please contact your Public Health Nurse.

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haveTHATtalk Youth Activity Guide

Grades 9 to 12

The haveTHATtalk videos and HaveTHATtalk Youth Activity Guide use short whiteboard video clips and interactive activities to assist youth to:

  • Be more comfortable talking about mental health
  • Learn ways to improve mental health
  • Know where to get help and resources for mental health

Videos and activities can be completed in sequence, individually or as appropriate for the needs of the group.  To access this resource, go to haveTHATTalk.ca

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Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Mental Health

Our pages / Target Audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health

(for general public)

Parenting in Ottawa - Children 

 

Parenting in Ottawa - Youth

 

Parenting in Ottawa - Pathway to School (School Readiness)

(for parents)

  • Anxiety and Stress in Children
  • Attachment
  • Body Image and Self Esteem
  • Bullying
  • Brain Development in Children
  • Behaviour and Temperament in Children
  • Self-Regulation in Children
  • Resiliency in Children
  • Sense of Agency
  • Bullying
  • Body Image and Self-esteem in Youth
  • Responding to Stressful Events
  • Gambling

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

  • How to Deal with Stress
  • Body Confidence
  • Bullying
  • Building Social Connections
  • How to Ask for Help
  • Reducing Stigma
  • Gambling

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Online resources from other organizations - Mental Health

Organization

Description

Media Smarts

Resources and lesson plans on body image. For K-12.

Ophea

 

 

This site includes everything anyone who teaches kids needs to enable children and youth to lead healthy active lives.

Level up: Resource that supports educators and program leaders in promoting positive mental health and overall well-being with children and youth ages 6-18.

Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition

A variety of resources on bullying. Not all resources are available in French.

Physical & Health Education Canada - 

Simple-to-use strategies and tools to assess resilience needs and provide resources to promote and enhance teacher and student mental health.

School Mental Health Ontario

Lesson plans created in collaboration with Ophea to support stress management and healthy coping skills. Each lesson plan is organized by different age groups: early years, grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8, and 9-12.

Youth Net

Offers presentations on mental health and engage in healthy activities to reduce stigma, promote positive coping strategies, and encourage reaching out for help. For grades 7-12.

Live Virtual Workshop: How 2 Help a Friend

Learning Outcome: This workshop helps youth to understand the importance of help-seeking as well as offering support in caring, non-judgmental ways to friends and loved ones. It encourages youth to recognize and set healthy boundaries, prioritizing safety and developing strong support networks among youth and their trusted adult allies.

Skills Taught: Mental Health Literacy, Positive Peer Support Skills, Help-Seeking/Offering Behaviours

Live Virtual Workshop: StressLESS

Learning Outcome: This workshop helps youth to effectively understand stress and its effects, to identify and apply appropriate coping strategies for different kinds of stressors. It further encourages them to practice new, positive coping skills while connecting them with additional resources to manage stress.

Skills Taught: Mental Health Literacy, Stress Management, Awareness of Resources and Coping Tools

Live Virtual Workshop: Wellness 101

Learning Outcome: This workshop helps youth to develop an understanding of fundamental concepts related to mental health (e.g., the mind-body connection, factors that impact mental and physical health, the effects of stigma, etc.,), to learn about maintaining their own mental health, and encourages youth to break down barriers to utilizing mental health resources.

Skills Taught: Mental Health Literacy, Basic Wellness Habits, Help-Seeking Behaviours

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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Screen Time / Internet Safety

Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Screen time / Internet Safety

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

Includes information on recommended daily screen time use.

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

Includes information on the importance of building social connections and limiting screen time.

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Online resources from other organizations - Screen time / Internet Safety

Organization

Description

Media Smarts

Includes lessons, resources, tip sheets, PD and classroom tutorials on online safety. Includes sexting. For grades 4-8.

Ophea - 

Online resource addressing internet safety for students. For grades 4-6. 

 Ottawa Police Service

Tips for safe internet use. Includes tips on online interactions and online bullying.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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Substances

Online resources from Ottawa Public Health - Substances

Our pages / Target audience

Description

Ottawa Public Health - 

(for parents)

  • Cannabis
  • Discarded Needles in our Community
  • Fentanyl and Carfentanil
  • Find Your Way Community Resource Guide
  • Harm Reduction Services in Ottawa
  • Local Resources
  • Naloxone
  • Preventing and Responding to an Overdose
  • Secure your Meds

Ottawa Public Health -

(for parents)

  • Alcohol and Your Health
  • Use Responsibly
  • Standard Drink Size
  • Information for Youth and Young Adults
  • Information for Parents

Ottawa Public Health -

(for parents)

  • Services in Ottawa to Help People Quit Smoking
  • Second-hand smoke, smoke-free spaces and the law
  • Vaping and Hookah
  • Youth and Young Adults

Ottawa Public Health - 

(for parents)

  • Preventing and Responding to Overdoses
  • Fentanyl and Carfentanil
  • Naloxone
  • Party Safe
  • #drugcheking results from Sandy Hill Community Centre
  • Local Resources

Parenting in Ottawa

(for parents)

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Tobacco
  • Vaping
  • Opioids

The LINK Ottawa

(for youth and young adults)

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Tobacco
  • Cannabis
  • Vaping
  • Party Safe

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Online resources from other organizations - Substances

Organization

 Description

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Information and publications to address issues related to substance use and addiction that affect the health and safety of Canadians.

Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Information on programs & services, mental illness & addiction

 

 

Interactive results of population survey of Ontario students in grades 7-12. Serves to identify epidemiological trends in student drug use, mental health, physical health, gambling, bullying and other risk behaviors, as well as identifying risk and protective factors.

Health Canada

Resources to educate Canadians, about legal and illegal drugs, cannabis and alcohol. How and where to get help and the effects of stigma.

 

Consider the Consequences: Youth vaping prevention materials

Media Smarts

Lesson plans, tip sheets and other resources on various topics in the media (such as alcohol and tobacco).

Ophea

Information on cannabis to help students develop the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions to support their health and well-being. For grades 1-12.

The Lung Association

Information to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease.

University of Victoria – Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research

Tools to encourage students to both express and think crucially about their current drug- and gambling related beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. For grades 4-12.

The above-mentioned websites contain information created, published, maintained or otherwise posted by institutions or organizations independent of the City of Ottawa. Although we have reviewed these sites, no guarantee can be made to their accuracy or availability.

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