Resources for Teaching Health Education and More!

Across NYS, the US and the world remote learning is now a reality for almost 3/4 of all students. Teachers, students, families, administrators, departments, and whole communities are being forced to respond and adapt quickly.  NYSCSH staff has aggregated the resources below with content links for creating lessons for online learning. Click any title to view it. For ideas and free tools on how to provide online learning- including free video-conferencing tools like Zoom, Webex and Google Hangouts- see our Resources for Working Remotely Page here.

If you have questions on how you can adapt health education content or need or want to share additional ideas- feel free to email Shelly Budinski, NYSCSH Health Education Resource Specialist at  Make sure you join the NYSCSH Health Educator Facebook page to network and obtain tips!


Title | Resource Link


Type of Content


Can Your Students Tell the Difference Between Fact and Fiction?


Interactive multimedia lessons

Students learn how to identify credible information, seek out reliable sources, and know what to trust, what to dismiss, and what to debunk.

Checkology® Virtual Classroom 

Checkology Interactive multimedia lessons 13 lessons, which cover such topics as misinformation, bias, the watchdog role of the press, and the First Amendment, along with challenges, quizzes and other features that allow students to learn and practice news literacy skills on their own and at their own pace.

COVID-19 Resources for Health and Physical Education   

 Shape America Website This website contains a resource library that has links to; Reentry Considerations, Professional Learning, Instructional Tools & Resources, SEL/Trauma-Informed Practices, Instructional Videos, and Self-Care. 

Erin's Law Resources

NYS Education Department


Erin’s Law is intended to help children, teachers, and parents in New York State schools identify sexual abuse, and to provide awareness, assistance, referral, or resource information for children and families who are victims of child sexual abuse.  In Summer 2020, work was completed with organizations that researched, developed age-appropriate grade bands, and found multiple resources to help school districts develop curriculum and useful lesson plans to implement Erin’s Law. 

Free Resources to Continue Learning During School Closures



Free webinars, printables, parent communication letters




BrainPop Jr


A three-minute animated video, why you need to wash hands, how germs enter the body, and correct handwashing techniques.

The Power Of Hip Hop

Hip Hop Public Health

Video and music resources

The mission is to promote positive health behavior change through the power of hip hop music. Select categories to filter and sort through music, videos, teaching guides and more. Search for resources using a variety of criteria such as grade level, content area and media. 

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus





Audio learning

Three-minute audio presentation and illustrated comic with symptoms and facts. (2/28/20)


NYS Association of Health, PE, Recreation and Dance  Website Provides teaching resources and ideas that have been collected from within the NYSAHPERD professional community, NYS, and around the country. 
NYS Association of Health, PE, Recreation and Dance Guidelines The purpose of this document is to provide guidance that will facilitate the delivery of health and physical education in a new learning environment. Although the learning environment will be different, it is essential to deliver instruction that focuses on physical, cognitive and affective learning. In addition, it is important to be cognizant of equity, inclusion and accessibility issues as they pertain to instruction and student learning. 
Action for Healthy Kids Website Provides links to interactive resources, lesson plans for educators and families on physical education, nutrition, health education, yoga and social-emotional learning. (9/2020)

Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource

National Association of School Psychologist

Guide and Checklist

Steps parents can take to reduce the risk of illness and address anxiety.  Includes a downloadable PDF

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children


General principles and discussions with children

Guidance to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.

Teaching Our World: The Coronavirus


Lesson plans

Articles and resources for all grade levels.  Includes posters, infographic, interviews, worksheets, and videos

Teaching Tolerance

Teaching Tolerance Magazine


The spread of the new coronavirus has become racialized, so it’s critical that educators understand the historical context and confront racist tropes and xenophobia from students and colleagues.

TEDEd Blog


Lessons about understanding the outbreak of a virus.

Hundreds of free animated lessons from TED-Ed

What is the Coronavirus?

BrainPop Video A four-minute animated video about viruses, how they spread, handwashing, 
WideOpenSchools.Org Common Sense Website Created by over 25 organizations, and curated by the editors at Common Sense. It offers many resources that can be completed offline and on smartphones, as well as bilingual and English-language learner resources and ideas for special education.

Information and resources provided do not constitute or infer an endorsement of specific programs by the New York State Education Department (NYSED), NYS Center for School Health (NYSCSH), or the State. NYSED/NYSCSH is not responsible for the content of the individual organization materials or external website links provided as resources.