Resources and Links

Healthy Schools BC builds the capacity of the health and education sectors to effectively implement healthy schools initiatives using a Comprehensive School Health approach. Strengthened health-education partnerships, tools for healthy school assessment and planning, and the coordination of existing school-based healthy living programs and resources combine to support improvements in students’ health and learning.

Healthy Schools BC contains three main areas of support: Classroom and School ResourcesHealthy Schools BC Resources and the Healthy Schools Stories. To find out more about each section, read more below.

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Open Physed: 

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU):

Duty of Care Checklist – Canadian Public Health Assoc. :

Duty of Care Checklist


FMS Library and Videos

Mental Health Resources: 

Teen Mental Health Curriculum Resources – password to access modules is = t33nh3alth

Sex Education Resources:

Teaching Sexual Health:

Sexual Health Education in Schools – (Taken from DASH BC) 

Providing sexual health education to students gives them the tools and skills required to make informed choices and reduce risk


An empowered educator has tools at their disposal to enable their students to learn about sexual health. Resources are available for educators to increase their knowledge base on this subject.

Educators can gain credible information on sexual health from a number of avenues, including:

Additionally, please see below for other resources from the Healthy Schools BC website:

The above resources are made available to support educators. Students empowered with sexual health education have the tools and skills required to make informed choices and reduce risk.

Options for Sexual Health

New book by Meg Hickling and Saleema Noon for parents/educators:

These two can be used as workbooks, but very useful for teaching sexual health topics through the grades (PHE):
Physical Literacy Lesson and Unit Plans:

Adaptive Physical Activity Resources: – sport wheelchair application forms available on this site

Let’s Play coloring book is online and can be downloaded here:

Rick Hansen Schools Program:
Paralympic Teaching Resources go to :


Alberta Healthy Schools

Here are some great websites for resources and lesson plan ideas:

PHE Canada Website

Play Sport

Physical Educator

Elementary PE teacher

40 plus PE Websites

World Game descriptions and links

PE Geeks

Relax, Re-focus And Smile: Classroom Icebreakers And Energizers

Fundamental Movement Skill Resource – NZ Sport

Curriculum and Teaching Models in PE

The Physical Educator – Wellness Month resource!

http://Instructional Models in PHE

Instructional Models in Physical Education

Model Based Approaches

Instructional strategies in PE (TPSR, TGfU,  Sport Education, Skill Themes, Inquiry Based, Cooperative Learning) :

Quality Physical Education Websites


The PE Project

Outdoor Education Resources:

Megan Zeni – Outdoor Classroom/Risky Play/Outdoor Gardens


Outdoor Ed Resource – raccooncircles

Outdoor Ed Resource – Silver Bullets Rohnke

Unit Plans:

Net Games – Volleyball Resource – Circulation_Volleyball

Net Games – Volleyball Resource – circulation11

Unit Plan Gymnastics

Inventing Net Wall Games for all Students

Inventing Games Article

Unit Overview Inventing Games by Dr. Hopper and Dr. Joy Butler

The following resources are advertised by PHE Canada. 

Fundamental Movement Skills Resource Series


The Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) series aids in teaching fundamental movement and sport skills in an effective, fun and interactive manner through the use of both print handbooks and an online video collection.

The FMS Handbook Series:

  • Fundamental Movement Skills: Active Start and FUNdamentals Stages ( K-Grade 3)
  • Fundamental Movement Skills: Active Start and FUNdamentals Stages – For Children with Physical Disabilities
  • Fundamental Movement Skills: Active Start and FUNdamentals Stages – For Children with Developmental and/or Behavioural Disabilities
  • Fundamental Movement Skills: Learning to Train Stage (Grade 4-8)
  • Fundamental Movement Skills: Beyond the Fundamentals – A Games Approach (Grade 9-12)

The FMS Online Video Collection:

  • Using the platform, subscribers have access to a comprehensive video library of the fundamental and sport skills featured in the corresponding handbooks. The array of skills features the developmental stages of performance filmed from front and lateral views.

TGfU – (Teaching Games for Understanding) Simply Good Pedagogy: Understanding a Complex Challenge


This Canadian TGfU resource brings together the ideas and perspectives of leading global TGfU proponents as presented at the 4th International TGfU conference held in Canada. This text highlights the current research and practice from around the world in games teaching/coaching as inspired by the TGfU approach.


School Gardens 

You’d asked for articles related to school gardens. I’ve put together a few that may be of interest to you and your students
  • Laaksoharju, T., Rappe, E., & Kaivola, T. (2012). Garden affordances for social learning, play, and for building nature–child relationship. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 11(2), 195-203. doi:10.1016/j.ufug.2012.01.003
This study really reinforces my work with playful inquiry in school gardens. It is important to me that we are creating children’s garden spaces that support and encourage play with loose parts, and not just for food security or nutritional learning (of course VERY important, but we connect children to new learning via play and gardens must be playful FIRST). The study looks specifically at the affordances for play that are found in a children’s garden.
To follow up on this framework, I can offer some practical blog posts that might help students visualize these affordances in real life.
This link is to my school garden category of posts:
I also have dozens of posts on how to grow specific crops in school gardens (from peas to rhubarb) with management tips and tricks for each specific plant:
This study looks at the importance of place, the importance of physical work in attaching children to place, and the multiple benefits of garden learning from the children’s perspectives:
  • Hammarsten, M., Askerlund, P., Almers, E., Avery, H., & Samuelsson, T. (2018). Developing ecological literacy in a forest garden: Children’s perspectives. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, , 1-15. doi:10.1080/14729679.2018.1517371


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