7th Grade Wellness Education
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Every day students make decisions affecting their health and well-being. An important part of living a healthful life is making choices that help us avoid illness. Living an active healthy life as a teen can have important results for him/her later in life. Teens need to gain lots of knowledge on how to live a healthy lifestyle and then include this knowledge in his/her daily life.
The Lawrence Junior High School Health Curriculum was created in conjunction with the guidelines of the State of Maine Learning Results. Our curriculum, it is divided into six content areas, which are listed below.
* Health Concepts: Physicians can do only so much. People need to take responsibility for their own health. Many Americans spend more money to pay for medical treatment than to keep themselves well. We begin talking about how it is important that teens start taking responsibility for their own health. Parents are no longer with their teens every minute of the day, so teens need to recognize healthy and unhealthy choices. We also talk about how it is important that we have a balance between our physical, social and mental health. Being healthy is not just the absence of disease. We discuss factors that affect a person’s health, and steps that can be taken to benefit from better health habits.
Of the ten leading causes of death in the United States, seven are noncommunicable diseases, and all seven are affected at least in part by how a person lives their life. We will discuss communicable and noncommunicable diseases and how to prevent getting these diseases. We will discuss sexually transmitted infections. Abstinence is a big part of this unit. We will discuss that the only 100% guarentee you will not get a sexually transmitted disease is by practicing abstinence.
We also talk about adolescence and discuss all the changes that their bodies go through during puberty.
* Health Information, Products and Services: We discuss advertising techniques that manufactures use to get us to buy their products. We talk about persuasive messages and how they are designed to motivate consumers to buy a product. All students will get a chance to analize consumer ads that they see everyday.
We will also discuss where students can find reliable health products and services.
* Health Promotion and Risk Reduction: Good hygiene is important in taking care of yourself physically as well as emotionally. People often have infections because they don’t keep their body clean, which can lead to emotional difficulties as well.
We need to eat a variety of foods in our daily diet because no one food contains all the nutrients our body needs. Without the proper nutrients, the body becomes weak and prone to disease. We will focus our discussion on good eating habits and how we must eat healthy in order to stay healthy. Knowing how to read food labels is important for making smart food choices. Snacking is an important component of adolescent nutrient intake. Because of adolescents’ increasing independence in making food choices, as well as their growing ability to earn money on their own, it is important for them to learn how to select snacks that are healthy. Many snacks they choose are high in saturated fat and trans fat. We discuss how food they eat may affect growth. Establishing healthy eating habits at a young age is critical because changing poor eating patterns in adulthood can be difficult. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than doubled in the last 30 years.
Every year millions of people are injured or become ill suddenly. Many accidents that occur at home, at school or at work are preventable. We must take precautions and eliminate these preventable accidents. If one does arise, we discuss steps a person should take when caring for an injured victim. We discuss how to use first aid for a person who has a bloody nose, has a burn, who is bleeding, has a broken bone or who may be going into shock. We also discuss how to perform the Heimlich maneuver, and how to CPR. Students will be encouraged to take a first aid course and or a CPR course to gain better knowledge and to become certified.
Stress can make us unhealthy; we discuss things that cause stress, and ways to cope with these stressors, including exercise.
* Influences on Health: Before teens can deal effectively with peer pressure decisions, they need to think about who they really are and what they really want. Sometimes that is not so easy. Peer pressure plays a role in teens starting to drink and drug. We discuss positive and negative peer pressure and how teens can resist the negative peer pressures placed upon them. Drugs are not always bad: if used as directed, they help millions of people every day. We discuss use, misuse and abuse of common legal and illegal drugs.
* Communication and Advocacy Skills: We discuss how to communicate their feelings in a positive way. We also talk about how good communicators are also good listeners. We discuss the difference in Assertive, Passive, and Aggressive Behaviors. We talk about refusal skills and how teens must be able to make clear No statements to their friends when they are doing things they do not want to do.
Conflicts are a normal part of every person's life, we discuss that it is okay to disagree with people and how to work through those problems with another person in a positive way so both feel like winners.
In this unit students will learn how to use iMovie and iPhoto, so they can make a Public Service Announcement about a health issue they want to educate their friends about.
* Decision-Making and Goal-Setting Skills: Decision making can be regarded as the mental processes resulting in the selection of a course of action among several alternatives. Every decision making process produces a final choice. Decision-making skills are an important part of this content area. Teens need to learn to take their time when making a decision.
Goal setting involves establishing specific, measurable and time-targeted objectives. Setting goals is a process that allows people to specify then work towards their own objectives – most commonly with making their lives better. "Goals provide a sense of direction and purpose."
Grading for Wellness Class
a. Tests: 25% of total grade
b. Portfolio/Homework/Changing for gym class: 25% of total grade. All homework is expected to be passed in on the due date. Late work may be made up to an 80.
c. Class Citizenship/Class Participation: 25% of total grade
d. Notebook: For each unit. 25% of total grade
Maine Learning Results
Links to Maine State Learning Results
http://www.maine.gov/education/standards.htm (Guidelines for Learning Results)
http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/pei/index.html (Learning Results for All Content Areas)
http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/pei/he_pe102207.pdf (K-12 Learning Results for Health & Physical Education)
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Wellness Homework listed below is due on the date listed.
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Thursday, September 20, 2012-Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Health Concepts Note Check
Health Concepts Test- (Use practice test on Moodle and study guide to get ready for the test.)
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
3 Ring Binder (1 inch)
Thursday, August 29, 2012 to Tuesday, September 4, 2012
All Students must change for gym or it will affect their Wellness Grade. I do not want them to go back to class stinky!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012