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Birth Control & Pregnancy Lesson Plans

Youth are naturally curious about pregnancy and it is the responsibility of adults to insure they receive medically accurate information on the topic as well as information on the different types of birth control. The lessons below offer opportunities to teach youth about this important topic.

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Birth Control and Safer Sex Crossword Puzzle (Lesson)
This lesson provides a fun and visually compelling way to start your unit on birth control and pregnancy using teamwork. The crossword game combined with the team effort helps students to share what they know with others. While brainstorming the birth control methods and types of STDs they are aware of, the students will work in groups to complete the crossword puzzle.

Length: 50 minutes

Lesson Objectives
At the completion of this lesson students will be able to:
1) Describe at least three common methods of birth control.
2) Describe at least three commons sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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Getting Smart About the Pill (Lesson)
Of all of the birth control methods, the pill generates the most questions from teens. Whether they're curious about effectiveness or whether the pill is offered over the counter, this lesson will provide answers to the most common questions and dispels the most common myths about this method.

Length: 50 minutes

Lesson Objective
By the end of this lesson students will be able to:
1) List two myths and two facts about birth control.

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Journey to the Condom Rack (Lesson)
This high-energy lesson utilizes team competition in order to communicate critical information on the use and effectiveness of condoms. Students will discover answers to some common questions and participate in a classic sequencing game so that students are sure to learn the steps of correct condom use.

Length: 50 minutes

Lesson Objectives
By the end of this lesson students will be able to:
1) Describe the difference betweem latex, polyurethane and animal skin condoms.
2) List the correct steps of condom use.

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Should A Guy Have A Say In Whether or Not His Girlfriend Has An Abortion? (Lesson)
This question is of great importance and leads to many teachable moments related to relationships, communication, values, pregnancy prevention and more! This lesson will help guide a debate in a way that allows your students to see different perspectives and give consideration to their own values. While presenting a secondary focus on pregnancy prevention, this lesson is a must for educators of teens.

Length: 50 minutes

Lesson Objectives
By the end of this lesson students will be able to:
1) Describe at least one benefit and one challenge of having guys be involved in deciding what to do about an unintended pregnancy.
2) Express their own opinion about the role of a guy and a girl when dealing with an unintended pregnancy.

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Where Do You Stand on Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception for Teens?


Plan B One-Step emergency contraception is now available over the counter to all teens. But, just because it's available doesn't mean teens know about emergency contraception (EC), how to access it or why they might use it. This lesson will give students the knowledge they need about EC to access it and learn about any state restrictions. They will also have a chance to practice decision-making skills related to using emergency contraception.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to
  1. Identify at least three facts about emergency contraception.
  2. State the current law regarding teens' access to emergency contraception.
  3. Clarify and describe their decision-making in at least two scenarios regarding emergency contraception.
National Sexuality Education Standards Addressed

PR.12.CC.2 Define emergency contraception and describe its mechanism of action.
PR.12.CC.3 Identify the laws related to reproductive and sexual health care services (i.e., contraception, pregnancy options, safe surrender policies, prenatal care).
PR.12.AI.1 Access medically accurate information and resources about emergency contraception.

Time needed: 50 minutes

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Where Do You Stand on Abortion and Parental Permission?


A lot of sexuality education courses focus on how to prevent pregnancy. But if a person becomes pregnant, what happens then? This lesson helps students to explore how and why someone who is pregnant chooses to become a parent, arrange an adoption or obtain an abortion.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to analyze at least three factors that influence a person's decision about whether and when to become a parent.

National Sexuality Education Standards Addressed

PR.12.INF.3 Analyze factors that influence decisions about whether and when to become a parent.

Time needed: 50 minutes

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Let's Get Clear About Hormonal Birth Control


Teens have told us that often the only birth control and safer sex methods they hear about are the Pill, condoms and abstinence. Students are often surprised to learn there are many different hormonal birth control methods. This lesson is designed to be a fun, interactive and engaging way for students to learn about the different hormonal birth control methods, how they work, how effective they are and how to access them.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this lesson, students will be able to
  1. Identify six hormonal birth control methods.
  2. Recall two things that help hormonal birth control methods be most effective.
  3. State the perfect use effectiveness rates of at least three of the six hormonal birth control methods.
  4. Describe how three of the six hormonal birth control methods work and how and where to access them.
National Sexuality Education Standards Addressed

PR.12.CC.1 Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of abstinence and other contraceptive methods, including condoms.
PR.12.AI.1 Access medically accurate information about contraceptive methods, including emergency contraception and condoms.

Time needed: 50 minutes

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