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OSPI offers the following items for teachers to borrow for use in their schools and classrooms. If you are interested in borrowing a resource, please use the Request an item form.

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DVD Understanding HIV And AIDS
Based on national health curriculum standards for middle school plus the latest science, this program arms students with the facts about HIV and AIDS. It presents an age-appropriate review of the basic terms, definitions and biology of the HIV virus plus means of infection, treatment, and protection. Grades 5-9 (18 minutes)

Uses age-appropriate language to clearly illustrate how HIV is transmitted. Easy-to-follow animation shows how HIV attacks the immune system and how it eventually can develop into AIDS. Two on-camera physicians answer kids’ questions about AIDS transmission and prevention. Video clearly states that any type of sexual activity with another person is not appropriate at this age. Teacher’s resource book and student handouts with pre/post test also included. Grades 4-6 (10 Minutes)

Elementary Resources

And Tango Makes Three, Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Simon & Schuster, 2005
Based on the true story of Roy and Silo, two male Chinstrap Penguins in New York's Central Park Zoo. The book follows the six years of their life when they formed a couple and were given an egg to raise. (ages 4 and up)

Daddy, Papa, and Me, Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson, Tricycle Press, 2009
Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its daddies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, share the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children. (ages 4 and up)

The Different Dragon, Jennifer Bryan, Two Lives Publishing, 2006
This bedtime story about bedtime stories shows how the wonderful care and curiosity of a little boy, with some help from his willing moms, can lead to magical and unexpected places. (ages 4 and up)

The Family Book, Todd Parr, Little, Brown and Co., 2003. Celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way. (ages 4 and up)

Felicia’s Favorite Story, Leslea Newman, Two Lives Publishing, 2002. Before Felicia goes to sleep she wants to hear her favorite story, the story of how she was adopted from Guatemala by Mama Nessa and Mama Linda. (ages 3 and up)

Jake Drake, Bully Buster, Andrew Clements, Simon & Schuster, 2001. Jake recounts his second grade introduction to Link Baxter, SuperBully, who becomes his class project partner, with surprising results. (ages 7 and up)

King and King, Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland, Random House, 2000. An unconventional fairy tale featuring a young prince whose mother the queen decrees he must marry. After meeting many princesses, he finally falls in love with Princess Madeleine’s brother Prince Lee. (ages 6 and up)

Mommy, Mama, and Me, Leslea Newman and Carol Thompson, Tricycle Press, 2009. Rhythmic text and illustrations with universal appeal show a toddler spending the day with its mommies. From hide-and-seek to dress-up, then bath time and a kiss goodnight, shares the loving bond between same-sex parents and their children. (ages 4 and up)

Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, Sarah S. Brannen, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008. Bobby and Jamie are getting married, but Bobby’s niece Chloe is worried that she won’t be his favorite person anymore. Will Uncle Bobby still think she is special? Sarah Brannen's warm story is set in an alternative family as Uncle Bobby marries his boyfriend. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding embraces Bobby’s relationship with Jamie, but keeps its focus where it truly belongs: on an uncle and niece’s love for each other. (ages 4 and up)

DVD That’s a Family!, Groundspark, 2000 (DVD and Teaching Guide) With courage and humor, the children in That’s a Family! take viewers on a tour through their lives as they speak candidly about what it’s like to grow up in a family with parents of different races or religions, divorced parents, a single parent, gay or lesbian parents, adoptive parents or grandparents as guardians. (ALA Starred Review, National Council on Family Relations 1st place media award) (Grades K-8)

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Middle School Resources

Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence, Marion Dane Bauer, editor, HarperCollins, 1994
Each of these original stories is by a noted author for young adults and each honestly portrays its subject and theme – growing up gay or lesbian, or with gay or lesbian parents or friends. (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) (Grades 7 and up)

Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan, Knopf, 2003. Set in a gay-friendly small town in America, and describes a few weeks in the lives of a group of high school students. As the title suggests, the central story follows the standard romantic plotline usually known as "boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl" except that the main characters are both boys, the narrator Paul and newcomer Noah. (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) (Grades 7 and up)

So Hard to Say, Alex Sanchez, Simon & Schuster, 2004. When Frederick shows up at school, Xio is thrilled. The new boy is shy, cute, and definitely good boyfriend material. Before long, she pulls him into her lively circle of friends. Frederick knows he should be flattered by Xio's attention. After all, she's popular, pretty, and a lot of fun. But instead, he can't he stop thinking about Victor, the captain of the soccer team. (Grades 6-9)

Totally Joe, James Howe, Atheneum, 2005. Joe's teacher asks his seventh-grade class to write an alphabiography throughout the year, presenting themselves and their lives in entries from A to Z. Joe's essays begin and end with friends, from Addie, a long-time pal and confidant, to Zachary, a new student who, like Joe, has a unique approach to life. Throughout, Joe demonstrates that he truly is a one-of-a-kind kid, mostly comfortable with himself but still struggling with common adolescent issues – including his sexual orientation. (Grades 6-8)

DVD Let’s Get Real, Groundspark, 2004 (documentary DVD and Curriculum Guide). Examines issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. The most heartening part of Let’s Get Real includes stories of kids who have mustered the courage to stand up for themselves or a classmate. (Grades 5-9)

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High School Resources

Luna, Julie Anne Peters, Little, Brown and Company, 2004. A thoughtful novel about a brilliant, determined, transgendered teenager. Luna, like her namesake the moon, can only come out at night. What happens when she decides to become a presence in the daylight too, changing Liam into Luna before his family's very eyes? (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, National Book Award Finalist) (Grades 9 and up)

M or F?, Lisa Papademetriou and Christopher Tebbetts, Razorbill, 2006. Frannie is desperate to get the attention of her crush, Jeffrey, but too shy to make a move. Frannie's gay best friend, Marcus, advises her to get the ball rolling by chatting with Jeffrey online, but Frannie won't type a word. Marcus takes over at the keyboard, and soon his plan is a success! But the more he chats, the more it seems Jeffrey is falling for Marcus, not Frannie. (Grades 8 and up)

Rainbow Boys, Alex Sanchez, Simon & Schuster, 2001. Three very different high-school boys deal with the issues involved in being gay: coming out to parents and friends, self-acceptance, the art of forming relationships, health-related issues, and the dangers of exploitation. The first novel in a trilogy by Alex Sánchez. (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) (Grades 9 and up)

DVD Straightlaced, Groundspark, 2009 (documentary DVD). Showcases the diverse and unscripted voices of teenagers who speak with powerful honesty, insight, and humor about gender role expectations and about their struggles to be who they really are. (Grades 9-12)

“Birth Control Facts” brochure (ETR, 2010)

“STD Facts” brochure (ETR, 2010)

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Staff Resources

National Health Education Standards (2nd ed.), Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards, 2007. Designed to support schools in enabling students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote personal, family, and community health. Provides a framework for teachers, administrators, and policymakers to design or select curricula, allocate instructional resources, and assess student achievement and progress.

Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, K-12 (3rd ed.), SIECUS, 2004. Designed to help educators create new sexuality education programs and evaluate already existing curricula. Provides a framework of the key concepts, topics, and messages that all sexuality education programs would ideally include.

DVD It’s Elementary, Groundspark (DVD and Guide). The groundbreaking film that addresses anti-gay prejudice by providing adults with practical lessons on how to talk with children about gay and lesbian people. Shot in six public and private schools, It’s Elementary models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, community building and more. Recommended for K-12 teachers and youth service providers.

“Sexually Transmitted Diseases” brochure (HEALTH EDCO, 2007)

Menstrual Cycle Model Activity Set

Female 3D Reproductive System Activity Set

Male 3D Reproductive System Activity Set

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