Grade 6-8 Learning Expectations--Health
By the end of Eighth Grade in our Health Program, students are expected to learn:

Communication
  • Health ideas, opinions, and issues from a variety of valid and reliable health sources are analyzed.
  • Health information using a multimedia approach, adapting the wording and delivery method for various topics and audiences are reviewed.
  • The use of refusal, negotiation, and assertiveness skills and recommended strategies for improvement are assessed.
  • The use of active and reflective listening is stressed.
  • The economic and political purposes and impacts of health messages found in the media are analyzed.
Decision Making
  • The use of decision-making skills in health and safety situations are analyzed.
  • The influence of peers, family, the media, and past experiences with the use of decision-making skills are compared and contrasted with the way these influences may change or conflict as one ages.
  • Social situations and conditions may require adolescents and young adults to apply and adapt their new decision making skills.
  • Ethical decision making requires careful thought and action.
  • Critique significant health decisions may change if the appropriate communication and decision-making skills are employed.
Planning and Goal Setting
  • Factors that support or hinder the achievement of personal health goals exist and need to be analyzed.
Character Development
  • Character development can be enhanced and supported by individual, group, and team activities.
  • Characteristics of various role models and the core ethical values they represent are important to understand.
  • Community and public service supports the development of core ethical values.
  • Personal and group adherence to student codes of conduct need to be analyzed.
Leadership, Advocacy, and Service
  • The ability to function effectively in both leadership and supportive roles has value.
  • Motivational techniques are used to improve personal and group achievement.
  • Articulation of a group’s goals, shared values, and visions are essential to the group’s success.
  • Planning and implementing volunteer activities to benefit a health organization or cause offers a real world learning experience.
  • Developing an opinion and debating a health issue or problem educates students and parents about the health issue or cause.
Health Services and Careers
  • Health and fitness services are available in the school and community.
  • Preparation for health and fitness careers involves understanding job requirements and applying knowledge of health and fitness knowledge
Drugs and Medicines
  • Good decisions about use of drugs and medicines support a healthy, active lifestyle.
Human Relationships and Sexuality
  • The physical, emotional and social aspects of human relationships and sexuality support a healthy, active lifestyle.