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Grade 8 Resiliency

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has been defined by Hammond (2008, p. 2) as “the capability of children and adolescents to cope successfully in the face of stress-related, at-risk or adversarial situations.”


These lesson plans have been selected to support building this skill in your students. They have all been recommended as best practice or promising practice resources, and fit well into the health and life skills curriculum. 





Alberta Health Services Addictions and Mental Health Grade 8 Lessons


These are 45-minute lessons that cover health and life skills topics related to preventing substance use and gambling problems. Each lesson helps students focus on improving and practising healthy behaviour, and helps to explore personal goals and role models, benefits of healthy choices, the role of peer influence, and self-esteem.


Grade 8 Lesson Plans  


Healthy Relationships 

Media Influences


Peer Influence
Stress Management 

Who I Am

Weighing Risks to Make Decisions 

The Girl in You


Tobacco Talk   Guys’ Issues


Points to Ponder for Parents

As a teacher, you connect with your students and also their parents. While teaching the lessons above, you may wish to use these brief information sheets to involve parents in the information you are discussing in the classroom. These sheets will support you in talking to parents about how they can help their teens develop strong life skills and make healthy choices. Feel free to send them home with your students, link to them on your website, or have them available during parent-teacher interviews.



Students involved in peer leadership programs help their peers by taking an active role in the school to make it a better place. These students are dedicated to creating and supporting healthy, safe and welcoming schools. By using peer leadership to affect the overall environment of your school, you are increasing protective factors for both those directly involved in peer leadership and your school population as a whole.


The Peer Leadership Guide is a resource designed to provide junior and senior high school staff with important tools and information to implement a peer leadership program, including templates and activities to facilitate a peer leadership group.


Peer Leadership Manual




A health education resource that aims to help students maximize their drug literacy – the knowledge and skills they need to survive and thrive in a world where drug use is common. Each module has been designed to support BC Ministry of Education curricula. They are, however, adaptable to meet various educational needs and are freely available for use in Canadian schools. Teachers are encouraged to contact us if they require any help in this regard.







Nutrition Resource Kit - Grade 8

Includes lesson plans on Canada’s Food Guide, healthy breakfasts, folate, serving sizes, osteoporosis, calcium, fast foods, body image, media, how to access health information, and living a balanced life. Take the ‘Vegetables and Fruits Challenge’ or learn to think quickly in the fast food line.


7 healthy eating plans, 2 body image plans, and 3 "other topic" plans keyed to curriculum outcomes, and developed by Alberta Health Services Dietitians.


Updated 2013 

suggested lessons for resiliency 


Body Image Through the Ages 
Page 30
Why I Like Me 
Pages 31
Media Madness 
W-8.1, W-8.2, W-8.10
Page  32
Making Time for Balance 
Pages 34-37 


Teaching Sexual Health.ca Grade 8 Lesson Plans


Explore the responsibilities and consequences associated with involvement in a sexual relationship.


Identify various types of abuse, signs of abuse, the impact of abuse and ways to cope with abuse.


Recognize the signs of abuse and explore actions that can be taken to disclose abuse or support those who disclose abuse.


Alberta Health Services: Tobacco Reduction Resources for School Aged Youth 


These packages provide reliable age appropriate reference and links to recognized, evidence-based resources for tobacco related information. They are intended for use by health professionals, teachers, students, youth workers, community leaders and parents.



Developmental Assets - SEARCH Institute 


online resource / reference


Florida Tobacco Prevention Resources


online resource - a collection of training/ information  videos for students 


Lungs are for Life - Canadian Lung Association 

 eacher ready, free resource package with lesson plans, handouts, web site and video resource recommendations.   


module 8



 Mental Health Lesson Plans

that have resiliency as a component - other lesson plans are detailed below that also exist in this listing 


Kids Have Stress Too Grade 8

to help educators create teachable moments to introduce stress-management strategies and skills and build emotional resiliency in their students and themselves


Being Kind to Yourself and Others 

body image: gender stereotypes, healthy eating/ active living- sleep and mental health, building healthy relationships: conflict resolution, hope suckers, stress: managing one step at a time, substance use, cyber bullying -mental illness and suicidal behaviour 


Beyond Images

images and influences in my world (2 part lesson), int he media spotlight, image-ine the difference 


Body Image Boosters

healthy eating, self esteem, social comparison, bullying, defining health, stereotyping, media literacy, active living 


Anti-Bullying Lesson Plans


Region of Peel Lesson Plans 

 These lesson plans are intended to be used in schools as one part of a comprehensive approach to bullying prevention.Theones listed here have a resiliency component identified. 


  • December - we all want to feel included 
  • January  - conflict is inevitable, bullying is not
  • March   - bullying can be stopped
  • April  - if you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem
  • May - bullying is NOT a normal part of growing up



Peace Lessons


50 ideas for Anti-Bullying Week
The Anti-Bullying Alliance presents a series of suggested activities for Anti-Bullying week. Many of these activities have been suggested by children and young people, and can be led and organised by them. Other ideas have come from the Anti-Bullying Alliance. Select, adapt and build on the activities most appropriate for the children and young people with whom you work. Work with children and young people on all the suggested activities. Ask everyone to come up with their own idea! 


50 Ideas for Anti-Bullying Week 

All Different, All Unique
Member States of UNESCO unanimously adopted the UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity in 2001. This is a version of the text that has been developed by and for young people around the world. 
All Different, All Unique 
Finding New Words: A Resource for Addressing Bullying at School
This resource provides a series of exercises for teachers and a lesson plan for students to more effectively address bullying by taking a stand, telling the truth, and building a stronger community at school. From www.racebridgesforschools.com 


Finding New Words Resource 



These lesson plans have been developed by the Body Image Research Project 2012 - 2013 based at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The body-positive website was created by two researchers and a small team of committed individuals dedicated to knowledge mobilization of health research about body image to the public sector, including teachers, parents and policy makers.


Role Models

  • Adults need first to recognize their own weight and shape biases.
  • Adults can help students to recognize and challenge existing ways in which our society and schools favour certain body types and sizes.
  • Teachers and parents a well as peers who model shape acceptance give children the strength to resist pressure to become a certain shape and size.
  • Parents and teachers should model healthy eating habits and refrain from modelling dieting and using the word "diet". 


Body Image

  • Comments about someone’s appearance are often internalized for life.

  • Body size is determined by many factors such as genetics, access to health care, education, and the environment, and should not be viewed as merely individual choice and personal responsibility. Schools should avoid activities that focus on regulation and surveillance of food choices.

  • BI is an issue for males and females of all ages. Boys feel pressure to be muscular. Girls feel pressure to be thin.

  • There is no such thing as the perfect size or shape.

  • Body shapes and sizes are naturally diverse as is everything else in nature.

  • How body shapes and sizes are valued changes with history, culture, gender and age groups.

  • All ages and genders can be impacted by weight and eating preoccupations.

  • The clothes we wear are part of our body image.

  • Our society places an unnatural emphasis on appearance over competence.



Media Literacy

  • children and adolescents can learn to understand that media are not neutral and influence us for different purposes eg. politics, profit.
  • Teachers can teach and model how to take apart media messages to examine their intent and perspective.
  • The ideal body is culturally, socially and historically defined and media influenced.
  • Media show us only limited views of the world.
  • Both girls’ and boys’ bodies can be mis-represented in media. Girls’ are presented as hyper-sexualized, and boys as hyper-masculinized. Girls’ and boys’ bodies can also be objectified. It is important to recognize that hyper-sexualization and objectification contribute to harassment and discrimination.
  • The media can exaggerate health issues and promote simple solutions for complex issues e.g. BMI monitoring.
  • Social pressure to be a certain size can be resisted by empowering students through critical media literacy studies.


Self Esteem

  • Self esteem is an important part of wellbeing.
  • Parents, peers and teachers all impact students’ self esteem.
  • Self esteem is being aware of who and what you are and accepting yourself.
  • Accepting, respecting, and promoting natural diversity in size and shape contributes to self esteem.
  • People should avoid linking acceptance and appearance.



  • Nobody deserves to be bullied.
  • Bullying hurts. It impacts on self esteem. Body-based bullying and stigma are hurtful.
  • We can learn to become more aware of and respond to weight based teasing.
  • Bystanders can learn how to report and stand up against bullying and teasing.
  • Teasing and harassment are also forms of bullying and children need adults to help them address this.
  • Body-based bullying is common and linked to stereotyping and discrimination.
  • Jokes based on appearance and identity are harmful.
  • see also bullying resources  


Social Comparison

  • Teachers and parents can model size and shape acceptance and discourage social comparison.
  • The clothes we wear are part of our body image.
  • Advertising uses our insecurities in order to convince us that we need a product.
  • Teachers and parents can help by avoiding linking acceptance and appearance.
  • Gender stereotypes can contribute to narrow, sexist ideas and beliefs. Students can learn that stereotypes are not always true and limit people from reaching their potential.
  • Teachers can teach and model how to take apart society’s messages and media messages to examine their intent and perspective.



  • Bias, stereotyping, and stigma are forms of discrimination that students can learn to recognize and address.
  • Since the majority of people are not born with the ideal shape and size, weight stereotypes can privilege some persons and harm others.
  • Gender stereotypes can contribute to narrow, sexist ideas and beliefs.
  • Stereotypes are not always true and limit people from reaching their potential.
  • We can learn to break down stereotypes.
  • We can recognize difference and celebrate uniqueness.



Random Acts of Kindness 


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Choosing Kindness 

Students will be able to:

• Demonstrate how to prevent or stop bullying as a bystander, perpetrator or victim.

• Stand up for those being bullied.

• Advocate for a positive and respectful school environment that supports pro-social behavior


I Am From....


Students will be able to:

• Analyze how culture, media, and others influence personal feelings and emotions.

• Describe how personal and family values and feelings influence choices.

Peer Pressure                            

Students will be able to analyze how avoiding negative peer pressure shows kindness toward themselves and others and can positively influence their mental health.

Self Esteem


Students will be able to analyze internal factors that contribute to mental and emotional health.



Kids Health in the Classroom  

Help your students learn how they can improve their own health with these teacher's guides





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