Sex Education

Sex Education

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States defines sexuality education as a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes, beliefs, and values. It encompasses sexual development, sexual and reproductive health, interpersonal relationships, affection, intimacy, body image, and gender roles.


Topics Covered:

  • Disease prevention


  • Communicable/non communicable diseases

  • Growth and development (puberty)

  • Utilizing health services/resources

  • Decision making

  • Prevention


Unit Planning Organizer


Subject          Health

Grade             8th

Unit                Sex Education

Pacing            3 Class periods


Essential Questions:

  • How can risky sexual behaviors affect me in the future?

  • What are communicable/non communicable diseases?

  • What is HIV/AIDS and how can you reduce exposure to HIV?

  • What changes do adolescents go through? What is puberty?

  • What is contraception? What types of contraception are accessible for teens and how can they make the best decision?


    Big Ideas:

  • The influence of society, media and peers to make decisions on risky sexual behaviors.

  • Risks of engaging in sexual behavior.

  • Community resources that are available as sources of information and help.

  • Gaining information can help one make responsible decisions.

  • Being able to identify changes the body goes through during adolescence.



CT State Standards (Comprehensive School Health Standards):

C.S.H Standard 1
Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.

C.S.H Standard 2
Demonstrate the ability to access valid health information and health-promoting products and services.

C.S.H Standard 3
Demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors to reduce health risks.

C.S.H Standard 4
Analyze the influence of culture, media, technology and other factors on health.

C.S.H Standard 6
Demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.




Options of contraception methods

Apply (Use to enhance health, what is best for me)


Reduce health risks

Understand (How to reduce risks)


Potential health problems

Evaluate (Actions to prevent)



Evaluate (Make decisions)


Responsibility for personal health behaviors

Apply/Understand (Knowledge and understanding of self)


Factors of influence: media, technology, culture, peers, etc.

Understand (To use in correct manner, use positively)


Distinguish between safe and risky decisions


Evaluate (Make the best choice)


Changes the body goes through

Understand (Knowledge of self)




Topics Covered/vocabulary:


Sexual behavior, Decision making, Pregnancy, Abstinence, Contraception, Condoms, Birth control, Disease prevention, Puberty, HIV/AIDS, STDS, Prevention of STDS,  Communicable/Non communicable diseases, Health risks, Diseases, Utilizing health services/resources, Prevention, Changes of the body, Hygiene, External factors on decision making (drugs/alcohol