Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Teen Health Week℠ 2021 will be completely virtual! You can stay involved by following the Mütter Museum's Instagram, @MutterMuseum and the official Teen Health Week℠ Instagram, @TeenHealthWeek.
Attention teachers: interested in teaching about teen health but not sure where to start? Take advantage of our free lesson plans. Each is designed to examine a specific aspect of one of the five themes of Teen Health Week℠. All of our lessons have been verified for factual accuracy by Fellows of The College of Physicians of Philadelpha who are experts in their respective fields.
These lesson plans are available for virtual use or in conjunction with a field trip to The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Our lesson plans are designed to fulfill National Health Education and Pennsylvania Education Standards. Please note that your local educational standards may vary.
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Gender and Sexual Development
Consent is an essential part of any relationship. In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of what consent is and under what circumstances a person can or cannot give consent. The lesson will also examine the common characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships and give students the tools to establish healthy boundaries for themselves and their partners.
PA Standards Met: 10.1.9.A, 10.1.12.A, 10.2.12.D, 10.3.9.C
Preventive Care and Vaccines
Did you know immunization helps prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide? Despite the significant contributions of vaccines to our health, the internet is a haven for misconceptions and downright myths about vaccines. In this lesson, students investigate various statements about vaccines and use their critical thinking skills to separate vaccine fact from fiction.
PA Standards Met: 10.2.9.A, 10.2.9.C, 10.2.9.D, 10.2.12.A
Violence and Mental Health
In this lesson, learners explore violence and mental health from a biopsychosocial perspective based upon the impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). The psychosocial model allows learners to view violence prevention via an interdisciplinary model that looks at the interconnection between biology (genetic, biochemical, etc.), psychology (mood, personality, behavior, etc.), and socio-environmental factors (cultural, familial, socioeconomic, medical, etc.). The model specifically examines how these aspects play a role in topics ranging from health (i.e. mental illness) and disease models (i.e. alcoholism, substance abuse) to human development (i.e. predisposal to violence).
PA Standards Met: 10.1.9.A, 10.1.12.A, 10.2.9.D, 10.2.12.D, 10.3.12.C