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Health 8 - Parent/Community Course Guide

Adopted by Board of School Directors on April 2021
Grade Levels
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Course Description

 This course will cover nutrition, disease, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, life skills, HIV & AIDS and human growth and development.

Core Curriculum Content Standards

PA Core

PA Common Core: Science and Technical Subjects (2012)
Reading Informational Text: Students read, understand, and respond to informational text – with emphasis on comprehension, making connections among ideas and between texts with focus on textual evidence.
  • Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts. (3.5.6-8.A)
  • Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics. (3.5.6-8.D)
  • Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text. (3.5.6-8.H)
  • Writing: Students write for different purposes and audiences. Students write clear and focused text to convey a well-defined perspective and appropriate content.
    GRADES 6-8
  • Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.-Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories as appropriate to achieving purpos (3.6.6-8.B)
  • Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (3.6.6-8.C)
  • Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently. (3.6.6-8.E)
  • Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration. (3.6.6-8.F)

  • PA Academic

    Health, Safety, and Physical Education (2002)
    Concepts of Health
    GRADE 6
  • Analyze nutritional concepts that impact health. -caloric content of foods -relationship of food intake and physical activity (energy output) -nutrient requirements -label reading -healthful food selection (10.1.6.C)
  • GRADE 9
  • Analyze factors that impact growth and development between adolescence and adulthood. -relationships (e.g., dating, friendships, peer pressure) -interpersonal communication -risk factors (e.g., physical inactivity, substance abuse, intentional/unintentional injuries, dietary patterns) -abstinence -STD and HIV prevention -community (10.1.9.A)
  • Analyze the interdependence existing among the body systems. (10.1.9.B)
  • Analyze factors that impact nutritional choices of adolescents. -body image -advertising -dietary guidelines -eating disorders -peer influence -athletic goals (10.1.9.C)
  • Analyze prevention and intervention strategies in relation to adolescent and adult drug use. -decision-making/refusal skills -situation avoidance -goal setting -professional assistance (e.g., medical, counseling. support groups) -parent involvement (10.1.9.D)
  • Analyze how personal choice, disease and genetics can impact health maintenance and disease prevention. (10.1.9.E)
  • GRADE 12
  • Evaluate issues relating to the use/non-use of drugs. -psychology of addiction -social impact (e.g., cost, relationships) -chemical use and fetal development -laws relating to alcohol, tobacco and chemical substances -impact on the individual -impact on the community (10.1.12.D)
  • Healthful Living
    GRADE 9
  • Analyze the relationship between health-related information and adolescent consumer choices. -tobacco products -weight control products (10.2.9.B)
  • Analyze media health and safety messages and describe their impact on personal health and safety. (10.2.9.C)
  • Analyze and apply a decision-making process to adolescent health and safety issues. (10.2.9.D)
  • Explain the interrelationship between the environment and personal health. -ozone layer/skin cancer -availability of health care/ individual health -air pollution/respiratory disease -breeding environments/ lyme disease/west nile virus (10.2.9.E)
  • Safety and Injury Prevention
    GRADE 9
  • Analyze and apply strategies to avoid or manage conflict and violence during adolescence. -effective negotiation -assertive behavior (10.3.9.C)
  • Analyze the role of individual responsibility for safety during organized group activities. (10.3.9.D)
  • Physical Activity
    GRADE 9
  • Analyze and engage in physical activities that are developmentally/ individually appropriate and support achievement of personal fitness and activity goals. (10.4.9.A)
  • Analyze the effects of regular participation in moderate to vigorous physical activities in relation to adolescent health improvement. -stress management -disease prevention -weight management (10.4.9.B)
  • Analyze factors that affect the responses of body systems during moderate to vigorous physical activities. -exercise (e.g., climate, altitude, location, temperature) -healthy fitness zone -individual fitness status (e.g., cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility) -drug/substance use/abuse (10.4.9.C)
  • Sci & Tech - Biological Sciences (2009-2012)
    Organisms and Cells
    GRADE 6
  • Describe the similarities and differences of major physical characteristics in plants, animals, fungi, protists, and bacteria. (3.1.6.A1)

  • National

    National Health Education Standards
    Grades 6-8
    Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
  • Describe how peers influence healthy and unhealthy behaviors. (S2.8.3)
  • Describe how some health risk behaviors can influence the likelihood of engaging in unhealthy behaviors. (S2.8.9)

  • Units

    Unit #1 - Nutrition and Fitness
    Unit #2 - Disease
    Unit #3 - Life Skills/ Mental health
    Unit #4 - Drugs - illicit and medical
    Unit #5 - Alcohol & Tobacco
    Unit #6 - STI, HIV & AIDS - Introduction
    Unit #7 - Human Growth & Development

    Course Resources

    Textbook "Teen Health" by Glencoe Health

    Worksheets - teacher made

    Birth Video - Discovery Health - "Conception to Birth"

    Reproduction - “The Reproductive System.” Discovery Education, 100% Educational Videos, 2012, https://google.discoveryeducation.com/learn/videos/15b1fa60-5067-4148-b221-a82c6930b037.