Adverse Childhood Experiences-ACE Survey + Lesson Plans for Overcoming Hardships

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These lessons could literally change a child or teen's life forever!!

When I came across the Center for Disease Control's ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) survey I just had to write some lesson plans so I could present it to my students.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. There is a simple 10 question survey to determine childhood trauma. There is proof that protective and resilience factors can heal hurts and break the negative cycle.

Did you know that having 4 or more of the 10 determined adverse childhood experiences puts you at increased risk for depression, alcoholism, substance abuse, low self-esteem, sexually transmitted diseases, obesity, and early death??!!

The good news is that it's been shown that protective factors in a child's life can help them overcome the negative side effects of childhood trauma!! This idea is the heart of my lessons...

Students are empowered to overcome childhood trauma and take control of their own destiny by choosing from a list of 31 protective factors that they have control over in their lives right now.

The lessons in this Common Core aligned resource have been "kid-tested" - My students really responded to the activities and I think it helped motivate them to take ownership of their behaviors.

This important lesson could be revised a bit to use for students as young as 4th them get these protective factors in their lives BEFORE they turn to risky behaviors!! Help your young students do something NOW, before they turn to negative coping mechanisms!!

Be sure to download the preview above to see all that is included in these lessons: (They meet Common Core Standards too!)

-56 slide PowerPoint slideshow

-21 pages of step-by-step teacher directions

-18 Above the Influence Poster templates to print

-31 Protective Factors Worksheet

-Bonus “Dysfunctional Family” lesson with survey and homework

-Peer Support Check Off Calendar

-Link to 7 pages of FREE Company Ad Slogans

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Here are links to my Complete 90-Day Semester Health Curriculum, my Year-Long P.E. Curriculum and my complete Health class units:

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The Best P.E. Curriculum: A Complete Year-Long 6th – 12th Grade P.E. Program

Alternative School/Independent Study/Homeschool Health Curriculum

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Alcohol Unit: 9 Days of Lessons

Tobacco Unit: 5 Days of Lessons

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STOP BULLYING: A 4-Week Empathy and Violence Unit

Stress Unit

Improving Self-Esteem Unit

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Ending a School Year: Creative Ways to Wrap Up and Send Students Off



In my 18 years of teaching Health and designing hundreds of lessons, these are my top favorite lessons and resources. First, I love teaching them because they present powerful, and valuable lessons for teens; and second, they’re favorites because they’re engaging and students have fun while they learn.

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Individual Lessons From “MY FAVORITE LESSONS” SERIES:

1. Food Label Scavenger Hunt. This lesson is my #1 seller. After students have read 42 food labels, they totally understand how to decipher the information on any food label!

2. Life Stories Project. The 3-Day project will have your students learning to embrace the hardships that make up their life stories, and sharing personal experiences they might not have otherwise talked about.

3. Alcohol Refusal Skills. This lessons starts with an interactive PowerPoint quiz on “Peer Pressure Lines,” continues with a true story about a dad who allowed his son to have an alcohol party in their basement, and ends with small group role-plays. Very powerful!

4. Fat and Sugar Nutrition Lab: Turn your classroom into a science lab to show your students the fat and sugar in 15 different products. Products sheets are included.

5. Dangerous Decisions Activity. Help Teens Realize the Consequences of 14 different risky behaviors they may be tempted by.

6. “Intervention” Addiction Lesson. Using “Intervention” T.V. Show to teach your students about addiction and treatment. Very powerful. This lesson teaches itself!

7. Nutrition Media Literacy. Have fun showing your students how food manufacturers manipulate us to buy their products. Kids will be surprised by what they learn.

8. Narcotics Dangers “Pharm Parties“ Lesson. Simulate a “Pharmaceutical Party” and help your student understand the dangers of narcotics, including prescription pills.

9. Fast Food Lesson. Help students analyze healthy versus unhealthy fast food restaurant choices.

10. Sexual Pressures Flip Charts. Help your students come up with assertive answers to sexual pressure lines.

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