Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the World of Wellness Health Education series?
A:The World of Wellness Health Education series enables educators to teach students the importance of leading an active and healthy life through conceptually grounded, context-based lessons. What's even more exciting is that while students are learning, they'll become acquainted with a very special group of friends who will take them on a wellness journey throughout the school year. Ruby, Cody, T.J., Sydney, and others will help students learn about health while strengthening their abilities in reading, writing, and other cross-curricular topics.

Q: What inservicing is available to support the delivery of the World of Wellness Health Education series?
A: For more information or to schedule professional development for your school, call (907) 223-8110 or e-mail at See also the Teacher Information page.

Q: What ancillaries are included if I purchase the World of Wellness student materials?
A: A comprehensive set of ancillaries is available to complement the textbook, including teacher's guides and teacher resource CD-ROMs with the following:

Contact your sales representative for further details about pricing and availability. Significant discounts are available when the student books are purchased.

Q: What is the reading level of the World of Wellness student materials?
A: The average reading levels for each grade level, using the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level readability scores, are (including specialized Health Education vocabulary):
Big Book—Red Level (Kindergarten): 1.5 (to be read aloud to students)
Big Book—Orange Level (1st Grade): 2.0 (to be read aloud to students)
Student Book—Orange Level (1st Grade): 1.8
Student Book—Yellow Level (2nd Grade): 2.8
Student Book—Green Level (3rd Grade): 3.7
Student Book—Blue Level (4th Grade): 4.7
Student Book—Purple Level (5th Grade): 5.2

Q: How is sexuality education and human growth and development presented?
A: As you know, the topics covered in such units can be controversial. The WOW! Health Education series provides several options to make it easy for you to tailor teaching materials to your local mandates and needs. First and foremost, the main lesson content teaches the topics thoroughly and accurately without touching upon potentially controversial topics. However, the Optional Materials section offers additional information for those districts and schools who wish to share more information about growth and development, body systems, health promotion, disease prevention related to HIV and AIDS, sexuality education, and substance abuse prevention.

For kindergarten through third graders:
Optional Health Connections in the teacher's guides under the tab titled Optional Materials briefly outline additional related comments that could be made in addition to the main lesson.

No optional topics are mentioned in the student books or big books.

Depending on district or school guidelines, administrators may wish to leave in or remove these sections from the teaching materials before distribution. Teachers should take great care to follow local mandates.

Fourth and fifth grade optional components
The fourth and fifth grade teacher’s guides include these components:

Only the fifth grade teacher’s guide includes these components:

NO optional topics are mentioned in the student books or big books, and the optional topics can easily be removed from the teacher’s guides without damaging them.

Q: Why is the student book written like a chapter book instead of a traditional textbook?
A: The student materials are presented in a children's chapter-book format with fictional characters that your students will love to read about. The student book lessons introduce the material in a student-friendly, engaging story format that promotes reading skills while piquing your students' interest. Elementary-aged children love tidbits of factual information. Throughout the student books your students will find sidebars with factual and fun information to promote health and interdisciplinary learning. There are five types of sidebars: health, multicultural, nature facts, physical activity, and riddles.

Q: Is there a scope and sequence for the entire series?
A: Yes. The World of Wellness scope and sequence is based on the National Health Education Standards (Joint Committee on National Health Education Standards 1995). The 10 primary strands of health education are addressed in a six-unit format; measurable and specific performance indicators correspond with each strand. The National Standards for Physical Education (National Association for Sport and Physical Education [NASPE] 2004) are listed in the Scope and Sequence tables that follow to show how WOW! addresses them in the lessons. You will find that this series strongly emphasizes physical activity and nutrition.

At the start of each unit the teacher's guide identifies the health performance indicators, or student outcomes, that are addressed by that unit. The specific National Standards for Physical Education addressed by each unit are also listed at the start of the background information in the teacher's guide for that unit. Likewise, each lesson plan clearly identifies the health performance indicators, National Health Education Standards, and National Standards for Physical Education addressed by that lesson.

Review the PDF document here: Scope and Sequence Tables

Q: Does WOW! correlate to the national standards?
A: Yes. Each lesson identifies the health education and any relevant physical education standards and performance indicators as well as the Standards for the English Language Arts that are addressed by that lesson. In addition, the authors reviewed a variety of examples of English language arts performance outcomes and have identified English language performance indicators for each WOW! lesson. You will thus be able to make a clear connection or demonstrate an overlap between this series and your English language arts lessons. The WOW! scope and sequence is based on the National Health Education Standards. In addition, the National Standards for Physical Education are incorporated in the lessons where appropriate.