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Grade 4 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. 


Teaching Sexual Health 


  • Puberty Changes- Lesson 5
    Answer some difficult questions about dealing with puberty, and begin to create a positive self-image for the future.

  • Puberty Changes- Lesson 6
    Ensure comfort with puberty changes, and celebrate the person each student will become as they experience the changes of puberty. 

  • SMART- Puberty Changes Game notebook
    Step one of this activity will indicate which puberty changes happen to whom: boys, girls, or both. The second step categorizes the puberty changes into what type of changes they are: physical/ body, emotional/feeling, and social/relationship changes. (SMART™ Notebook software required.)


Alberta Health Services Addictions and Mental Health Lessons


Leaps and Bounds

This program was developed in support of the Alberta Learning Program of Studies, 2002. It is made up of eight lesson plans, which encourage children to make sound decisions regarding drug and alcohol use and gambling. The focus of this resource is to provide the students with accurate information and assist them in acquiring life skills, while emphasizing the importance of internalizing healthy lifestyle choices.

     Overview   Curriculum Links


Lesson 5:   Healthy habits 
Lesson 8:   Rounding up role models



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 4

Includes lesson plans on Canada’s Food Guide, food diary, nutrients in foods, vitamins, physical activity, body image, and marketing. Try ‘Food Guide Charades’ or learn how to keep your own food diary.


9 healthy eating plans, 1 active living plan, and 6 body image plans keyed to curriculum outcomes, and developed by Alberta Health Services Dietitians.


Updated 2013 

suggested lessons for resiliency 


Follow That Star  R-4.1, R-4.6 Pages 46 - 47
Your Secret Formula    W-4.4, W-4.1, W-4.6
Pages 48 - 49
Ads and Us W-4.4 Pages  50 – 52
 A Closer Look at Magazine Advertising W-4.4 Pages 53 – 54
Lets have a look  W-4.4 Pages  55 – 56
Sarah's Choice W-4.1, W-4.4, R-4.1, R-4.6 Pages 57 – 60


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.



"The Highjacked Brain" - PBS Online 

online resource 

online media 

Butt Ugly Program 

 Live peer led program for grade 6 students. Website for complementary activities to enhance the program.  


Teaming up for Tobacco Free Kids

electronic resource 

teacher's manual

lesson plans

student resources


en francais

"Be the Norm" - Alberta Schools Athletic Association 

online resource - A course designed to give you an understanding of Tobacco

free order - scroll to the bottom of courses 



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 4

Stress Lessons - what is stress, stressed or not stressed, deep breathing, hooked on stress, fear and worries, puzzle solver, busting stress


Be Kind to Yourself and Others 

all dolled up, dinner talk, picturing hope, humour for health, bullying, friendship, move your mood, chain of support, feel good box, chicken juggling 101, listening to your inner voice 

Beyond Images

My true colors, friendship and self-esteem, friendship and taking a stand, blogging for friendship and self esteem 


The Student Body 

media and peer pressure, healthy eatimg, active living, teasing, adult role models, school climate 


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".

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 


Full information about the lesson plans


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What Would You Do? 


Students will be able to:

• Identify positive ways that peers and family members show support, care, and appreciation for one another and their community, including learning to work as a team.

• Analyze why being thankful is an important part of being kind to themselves and others

(introductory video)


Students will be able to:

• Discuss facts that support healthy relationships with friends and family.

• Describe the characteristics of being a friend


Respecting Beliefs and Opinions                                      

Students will be able to:

 • Identify the difference between fact and opinion and explore how to express facts and opinions in kind ways.

• Describe how people form kind ideas and beliefs, how friends, family and communities influence ideas and beliefs, and how to respect other people’s beliefs and opinions.

• Discuss how culture and tradition influence personal and family development.


Students will be able to:

• Identify personal stressors at home, with friends, in school and the community, and in the environment.

• List physical and emotional reactions to stressful situations.

• Identify positive and negative ways of dealing with stress.




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