The material we are sharing comprises only a portion of the materials that are on-line. This material is provided under the Fair Use Doctrine. It is intended to be used for information, education and understanding only. It is not to be re-produced for sale or profit. The King County Health Department developed the materials with financial support from multiple groups and organizations. Here is a link to the curriculum website: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/locations/family-planning/education/FLASH/middle-school.aspx The FLASH website is: https://www.etr.org/flash/ The materials for teaching can be purchased at: https://www.etr.org/flash/order-now/
The Middle School FLASH, if used in its entirety, is composed of seven (7) lessons. The following list of lessons and the descriptions are exactly what was available on the FLASH website on the day we reviewed the material. This document (click the link: FLASH-Middle_School_Lessons+Activities) contains the lesson information including the “activities” that are suggested in the teaching of the curriculum. The document is 24 pages in length. The “activity” materials give depth and detail. This material is one (1) of four (4) approved curriculum programs in the State of Washington as of the time of this article. We suggest that the reader take the time to examine the lessons of interest in more detail. This document contains the proposed activities for each lesson. It is a pdf file.
Students may have online access via this link on the ETR.Org website: (https://www.etr.org/flash/) where they then click the “Family Resources” tab and then click the “external links for students” https://www.etr.org/flash/family-resources/external-links-for-students/
Interested parties may want to then click the links at the external website to see what students may see.
The Middle School lessons are being revised with the latest sexual health information and the new online lesson platform for instant accessibility and ease of use. FLASH Middle School will be available on this website in June 2016. [This is the exact statement from their website so you, the reader, can see exactly what they say. No edits]
- Background information for educators on curriculum goals; recommended policy, procedure and practice; partnering with administrators and families; and answering student questions.
- Lesson 1: Reproductive System and Pregnancy
- An overview of basic reproductive organs and their functions is provided in a lecture format, while students follow along on a worksheet. Small groups compete for points by answering questions related to pregnancy and the reproductive system. The lesson concludes with an explanation of FLASH Family Homework.
- Lesson 2: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
- Students learn the definition of identity and the importance of feeling positively about our identities. Sexual orientation and gender identity are introduced as two categories of identity held by everyone. Students learn common terms and foundational information related to these concepts through small- and large-group activities. They discuss strategies that help people develop pride in any of their identities and practice applying these strategies to a scenario about sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Lesson 3: Rules of Dating
- Students brainstorm common behaviors, both positive and negative, for each step of dating. Acting as the Presidential Teen Dating Commission, they work in small groups to develop dating rules that would result in healthier relationships. Students vote for their favorite new rules, setting positive norms for healthy dating behaviors.
- Lesson 4: Saying No
- Students define abstinence and learn the steps to refusing effectively. In small groups, they practice using refusal skills and observe their peers modeling effective refusal skills.
- Lesson 5: Preventing STDs
- Students review STD transmission by doing a True/False activity. Working in pairs or triads, they use a persuasion map to develop convincing argument about preventing STDs. Then pairs/triads create STD prevention Public Service Announcements for social media and share them with the class.
- Lesson 6: Condoms to Prevent HIV and Other STDs
- The lesson focuses on encouraging the correct use of condoms for students who may need condoms now or in the future. The lesson opens with a brainstorm about the benefits of condoms, and sets positive norms for condom use. Students learn correct condom use by assembling condom instructions in the correct order and by observing a teacher demonstration. In small groups, students come up with solutions to common problems related to correct and consistent condom use by responding to scenarios. The lesson concludes with students setting their own goals with regard to condoms.
- Lesson 7: Birth Control Methods
- The overall purpose of the lesson is for students to learn about birth control methods while developing positive attitudes and positive peer norms about birth control. Students first work in small groups to study their assigned method of birth control. In a full-class activity, the teacher reads aloud a statement about birth control and each small group must determine if the statement is true for their method. There is brief class discussion between statements. The class concludes with students making observations about the positive aspects of the different methods of birth control.
- Appendix 1: Letter Introducing FLASH
- Letter that can be sent home to introduce the FLASH unit to parents and guardians.
- Appendix 2: Laws Relevant to a Sexual Health Unit
- Review of legal requirements and resources for educators concerning health care for minors; sexual assault laws; safe surrender laws; and LGBT students and parents.
- Appendix 3: Recognizing and Reporting Sexual Abuse and Assault
- Provides guidance for educators on recognizing signs of sexual abuse and what to do if abuse or exploitation is suspected.
- Appendix 4: Guidance for Utilizing Guest Speakers
- Guidelines for making use of guest speakers or outside educators in the delivery of the FLASH unit.
Again, to fully understand the lessons you need to look at the exercises and activities. click the link: FLASH-Middle_School_Lessons+Activities
This material has not be altered in any way. It’s up to the reader to dig in and determine whether it is relevant, appropriate and necessary. All questions and comments about the FLASH curriculum should be directed to: FLASH@kingcounty.gov
Part 4 can be seen on our main page for by clicking here: https://swweducation.org?p=5069