Life Skills Classroom Curriculum


When you enroll in this course you receive 1 year online access to all of the teaching material needed to teach the course in your classroom.

Learn specific skills that will help you now and prepare you to live on your own. Courses include easy to follow lessons, videos, and printable worksheets, assignments, and projects. Each Lesson is focused on teaching skills that will prepare you for real life.

Life Skills fulfills a general elective requirement.


As teachers, what class do your students take that will prepare them to move out of their parents home and live independently? Are they taught to manage their time and find a job? Do They know about budgeting, first aid, emergency preparedness, buying a house, how to register to vote, or how to forward mail when they move? These are some of the most basic skills adults need, but many of our students are not being taught.

Our Life Skills curriculum is a wonderful way to prepare your students for the real world. They will learn many different life skills, but not just learn them. They will go out into the community and find the local resources and companies that they can use to thrive in the real world. Everyone needs to be taught Life Skills!

You will receive

Up to 1 year access to all of the course material need to teach the course. Material includes:

  • Pacing Guides (PDF and web based)
  • Lesson Presentations (PowerPoint format)
  • Narrated slides presentations (Videos)
  • Printable workbooks for notes and projects. (PDF Files)
  • Copyright authorization for your own classroom to make copies of student material.


There may be more material than can generally be completed in one year, or you may wish to use this course as supplemental material for another class. Generally the topics do not build on each other so they can be taught in any order or independently. The only exception may be the first two courses where the instructor is establishing the course and grading procedures.

When you enroll in this course you receive 1 year online access to all of the teaching material needed to teach the course in your classroom.

Living On Your Own (Sem. 1)

This semester focuses on the skills you will need to live on your own. Learn to manage your time, plan for a career, and take care of your home and other possessions.

Pacing Guide

Managing Your Time

  • Looking Forward
  • Setting Goals For success
  • Establishing Priorities
  • Creating a Schedule
  • Importance of Daily Journals
  • Putting it All Together

Getting a Job

  • Personality Survey
  • Know Yourself
  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Job Application
  • Interview Questions
  • Dressing for an Interview
  • After the Interview



  • Vocabulary of Earning Money
  • Calculating Wages
  • Tips and Equivalent Hourly Pay
  • Commission
  • Withholding’s
  • Form W-4
  • Understanding the Paycheck Stub
  • Direct Deposits


  • The Language of Home Buying
  • Nine Steps to Buying a Home
  • Understanding Home Loans
  • Language of Renting
  • Rental Types, Sizes, and Costs
  • Utilities
  • Choosing a Utility Company
  • Language of Car Buying
  • Negotiating the Best Price
  • Reducing the Grocery Bill


  • Components of a Budget
  • Using a Spreadsheet
  • Graphing a Budget

Banking and Savings

  • Banks vs. Credit Unions
  • Types of accounts
  • Fees
  • Bank Statements
  • Check Registers
  • Balancing Your Account

Life After High School

  • Understanding Options
  • Key Terms to Know

College Path

  • Accreditation
  • College degrees
  • Comparing Colleges
  • Financial Aid
  • Standardized Tests

Armed Services Path

  • Armed Services
  • ROTC
  • Armed Services Career Paths

Starting a Career or Trade

  • Careers out of High School
  • Vocational School

Investing and Retirement

  • Making Sense of Investing
  • The Language of Stocks
  • Stocks
  • Bonds
  • Mutual Funds
  • The Money Market
  • 401K and Other Retirement Accounts

Starting a Business

  • Mission Statement
  • Business Structures
  • Operating Permits
  • Product Pricing
  • Web-page Design
  • Advertising
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Selling Online


  • Introduction to Clothing
  • Washing Clothes
  • Detergents, Softeners, Stains
  • Ironing and Folding Clothes
  • Taking Measurements
  • Basic Sewing

Planning Meals

  • Tracking Meals
  • Basic Nutrition
  • Menu Planning
  • Menu Pricing
  • Unit Measurements
  • Recipe Doubling and Halving

Food Storage

  • Introduction to Food Storage
  • Buying in Bulk
  • Shelf Life
  • Food Dehydrating
  • Making Fruit Leather
  • Freezing
  • Fermenting
  • Pickling
  • Curing
  • Canning (Water Bath and Pressure)
  • Making Jam
  • Freeze Drying


  • Automobiles
  • Fluids
  • Tire Sizes and Types
  • Checking Tire Pressure
  • Changing a Flat Tire
  • Rotating Tires
  • Wear Items
  • Parts and Function of an Engine

Home Maintenance

  • Surface Area
  • Types of Flooring
  • Sweeping Floors
  • Mopping Floors
  • Vacuuming Floors
  • Deep Cleaning Carpets
  • Household Cleaners
  • Quick Clean Good Clean
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Electricity
  • Mowing the Lawn


  • Moving Yourself
  • Moving Companies
  • Before the Yard Sale
  • Day of the Yard Sale
  • Stopping & Starting Utilities

Living In Your Community (Sem. 2)

This semester focuses on the skills you will need to live in your community. Learn about government, starting businesses, and how to plan activities and events.

Course Pacing Guide

The Internet

  • Binary Numbers
  • Binary to Words
  • Memory Storage and Speed
  • Domain Names
  • Types of Internet Providers
  • Internet Usage Laws
  • Malware

First Aid: Internal Injuries

  • First Aid
  • CPR
  • Shock
  • Hypothermia
  • Dehydration
  • Heat Stroke
  • How to Carry
  • Seizures and Syncope
  • Building a First Aid Kit

First Aid: External Injuries

  • Allergic Reactions
  • Poisonous Plants
  • Snake Bites
  • Insect Bites and Stings
  • Nosebleeds
  • External Wounds
  • Head Injury
  • Knocked Out Tooth
  • Burns
  • Broken Bones and Sprains
  • Amputation
  • Frostbite

Medical Care

  • Why Do We Get Sick?
  • Medical Care and Practitioners
  • Medicine and Supplements
  • Vaccines

Emergency Preparedness

  • What is Emergency Preparedness?
  • Disaster Survival Kit
  • Evacuation Plans
  • Fire Drill
  • Earthquake Drill
  • Tornado Drill
  • Hurricane Preparedness
  • Flood Preparedness


  • Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • EOBs
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Property Insurance
  • Automobile Insurance
  • Odd Insurance

Government & Civic Responsibilities

  • Types of Government
  • Economic Structures
  • Federal Government- Overview
  • Legislative
  • Executive
  • Judicial
  • State Governments
  • Local Governments
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Selective Services
  • Political Parties
  • Elections
  • Voting

The Courts

  • Tickets
  • Classification of Crime
  • If Police Stop You
  • Suing and Being Sued
  • Attorneys
  • Court Dress
  • Jury Duty

Understanding Religion

  • What is Religion?
  • Christianity
  • Islam
  • Hindu
  • Buddhism
  • Sikh
  • Judaism
  • Bahai
  • Confucianism
  • Jainism
  • Shinto

Dating and Marriage

  • What is Marriage?
  • History of Marriage
  • Controversial Marriages
  • Five Steps to Marriage
  • How Do You Get Married
  • Factors in Divorce
  • Toxic Relationships

Preparing for Death

  • What is Death?
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Final Arrangements
  • Organ and Tissue Donations

Family History

  • What is an Ancestor?
  • Four Generation Family Trees
  • Genes: “Inheriting Daddy’s Nose”
  • Family History and Genetics
  • F.H. & Genetics: Interesting Factors
  • Starting your Own Family History


  • Choosing a Pet
  • Where to Get a Pet
  • Shots & Other Routine Treatments
  • Spay and Neuter
  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Worms
  • The Vet


  • Types of Vacations
  • Packing
  • Flights
  • Domestic Trips
  • International Trips
  • Vacation Planners

Planning Parties

  • Types of Parties
  • U.S. Holiday Parties
  • Countries Religious Holidays
  • Party Venues
  • Event and Party Planners

Process of Planning a Party

  • Theme
  • Venue/Location
  • Invitation
  • Entertainment
  • Calculating the Cost of a Party


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