THIS IS A BUNDLED UNIT OF STUDY IN Word FORMAT.
I am a firm believer that birth control should be taught to students in middle/junior high school. For the most part, parents are relieved that someone knowledgeable is teaching this subject to their children instead of their children being misinformed by their friends (this happens A LOT). True Story: I had a student who told me that she keeps her underwear on during sex because her friend told her that the underwear acts as a condom. I can't make this stuff up. I am passionate about this subject, and the students, even the boys, are genuinely interested in learning about birth control. Ultimately, it will affect most students for a long time at some point in their lives.
This is a comprehensive unit on birth control for the high school student, but may be used for the middle school student as well. An introductory PPT and two assignments based solely on the PPT may be introduced first. There are 3 research assignments for the student to complete where the answers may vary. Finally, a project to create a birth control brochure using Microsoft Publisher or simply using craft paper and pictures of birth control which are included. The project comes with a rubric and essential information that needs to be covered in order to complete the assignment.
How to Use This Unit – Birth Control TpT
Birth control can be a very sensitive, personal subject and often is not discussed in the classroom. Unfortunately, teens may learn the hard way – and the information they are getting may not necessarily be correct. Sometimes parents are not involved in educating their children about birth control. If your school district allows you and you have permission from the parents, you can teach a comprehensive unit on birth control that is beneficial for not only the students (males and females ) but their parents as well.
There are 5 assignments and one project in this unit. The students are doing research on the internet (and using their notes as a supplement) to complete these assignments and because of this many answers will vary. However, the matching assignment comes with a teacher KEY.
1. Begin by introducing the “Birth Control Methods PPT”. Give the students a copy of the PPT so they can complete subsequent assignments. I include the address and phone number of our local Planned Parenthood on the last slide, so you may want to either eliminate that or change it to your own local Planned Parenthood. There is a worksheet that goes along with the PPT
2. Next is the Birth Control PPT Worksheet. I give this to the students as a paper copy to be completed after the PowerPoint has been shown to the class. All answers can be found in the PPT.
3. The Birth Control Matching assignment comes with a KEY. All questions are based on the PPT. This assignment is 2 pages long. The first section is matching the birth control method to a definition; the second section is matching the birth control method to its picture.
4. I print a copy of the “Failure Rates for Birth Control” and give this to the student as a homework assignment. It is only one page. Questions are based on the picture in the assignment of a list of birth control methods and their failure rates.
5. The “Birth Control Research Information” assignment is a list of questions that the student researches on the internet and/or use their own experiences such as “Why do teens choose not to use birth control?” and “How does using alcohol or drugs affect your ability to properly use birth control?” Answers will vary, therefore there is no KEY. After the student completes this assignment, I grade it for completion and correct answers/opinions.
6. “You’re An Expert” requires the student to become an expert on 4 methods of birth control – their choice. They need to fill in the information required about the methods that they choose. Because their choices may differ from one another’s there is no KEY. At this point, I know birth control like the back of my hand and can quickly grade this assignment for completion and accuracy of information. Once the student has researched this information, they can use it to complete the brochure.
7. Lastly, and the most fun, is creating a birth control brochure using Microsoft Publisher. The students can use the 4 methods of birth control researched in “You’re An Expert” and create a brochure to include at least one picture of each method, the cost, effectiveness, side effects, etc. These brochures can be printed out so the student can have a copy of their own brochure. If Microsoft Publisher is not available, the same brochure can be created using craft paper and pictures printed from the “BC Method Pix” which is included. You can print multiple copies of the different methods and have the students cut out the pictures of the methods they want to research in their brochure. This assignment comes with a rubric as well.
Lots of learning going on with this unit!