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Health Education Curriculum
Health Education - 4th Grade
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Core Standards of the Course

Healthy Self

Standard 1
The students will learn ways to improve mental health and manage stress.

Objective 1
Demonstrate effective decision making based on positive self-worth. *PD

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  1. Identify characteristics of positive self-worth; e. g., ability to set goals, self-efficacy and values, physical, social, mental health.
  2. Apply the decision-making process; i. e. , identify the problem, gather information, identify alternatives, predict the immediate and long-term consequences, make the best choice, act, evaluate results.
  3. Identify factors that may influence decision making; e. g., media, peers, environment, self-worth.

Objective 2
Practice constructive application of assertiveness.

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  1. Describe assertiveness.
  2. Predict the results of assertive communication.
  3. Use assertive communication in role play.

Objective 3
Set goals to enhance personal health.

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  1. Recognize how physical, mental, and social health interrelate.
  2. Evaluate personal health in each of these areas.

Objective 4
Explore positive options for managing stress. *PD

  1. Define stress.
  2. Identify behaviors or situations that may cause conflict or stress.
  3. Create a personal stress management plan.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Standard 2
The students will adopt health-promoting and risk-reducing behaviors to prevent substance abuse.

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Objective 1
Discover personal strengths and talents that make one unique. *PD

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  1. Identify strengths and talents in classmates.
  2. Identify personal strengths and talents.
  3. Summarize how a variety of strengths and talents contribute to the uniqueness of people.

Objective 2
Identify the qualities of positive role models. *PD

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  1. Name role models or people who are admired.
  2. Compare characteristics of role models.
  3. Differentiate between behaviors that reflect a positive attitude and those that may indicate a negative attitude.
  4. Identify characteristics to be incorporated into life.

Objective 3
Predict the possible consequences of substance use. *PD

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  1. Analyze how social messages regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs may misrepresent the negative effects of each.
  2. Identify a variety of social, health, and economic problems associated with the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Objective 4
Model responsible decision making. *PD

  1. List and explain the steps for decision-making and Refusal Skills.
  2. Demonstrate decision-making and Refusal Skills in responding to negative influences.

Human Development and Relationships

Standard 3
The students will understand and respect self and others related to human development and relationships.

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Objective 1
Summarize the functions of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

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  1. Review the major body systems and their basic functions.
  2. Describe the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  3. Demonstrate ways to strengthen the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Objective 2
Develop skills for building healthy interpersonal relationships.

  1. Show respect for the uniqueness of others, regardless of gender; e. g., abilities, talents, strengths, characteristics, and hopes for the future.
  2. Demonstrate assertive communication.
  3. Respect personal boundaries.

Objective 3
Exhibit qualities associated with healthy body image.

  1. Identify hereditary influences on body types.
  2. Recognize the physical changes associated with development.
  3. Model ways to show care and acceptance of the body; e. g., posture, hygiene, exercise, balanced diet.

Disease Prevention and HIV/AIDS Education

Standard 4
The students will understand concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.

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Objective 1
Determine how communicable diseases are spread.

  1. Compare modes of transmission of diseases.
  2. List ways that people cannot contract HIV.

Objective 2
Demonstrate personal hygiene and universal precautions.

  1. Demonstrate proper hand washing.
  2. List reasons to avoid contact with blood and other body fluids.
  3. Describe procedures to follow in the event of a blood spill.
  4. Demonstrate decision-making and Refusal Skills for HIV prevention.

Objective 3
Demonstrate ways to help people living with HIV and other diseases.

  1. Identify ways to show compassion for others.
  2. Identify needs of people who are living with long-term illnesses.
  3. Plan an activity promoting compassion for people living with long-term illnesses.

Safety and Injury/Violence Prevention

Standard 5
The students will adopt behaviors to maintain personal health and safety and develop appropriate strategies to resolve conflict.

Objective 1
Determine how to participate safely in recreational activities. (SC)

  1. List recreational and athletic activities and potential injuries.
  2. Identify safety equipment and procedures needed for various recreational and athletic activities.
  3. Practice safety precautions associated with changes in weather.

Objective 2
Make decisions about taking appropriate risks. Analyze dares, risks, and challenges.

  1. Predict the outcomes of taking reasonable and unreasonable risks.
  2. Apply decision-making skills to dares, risks, and challenges.

Objective 3
Demonstrate basic first aid procedures.

  1. Identify procedures for responding to minor injuries; e. g., animal and insect bites, bleeding, burns, cuts, and scratches.
  2. Know the general emergency number to call for a more severe injury or situation; i. e. , 911 phone number.

Objective 4
Model various nonviolent ways to resolve conflict. *PD

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  1. Identify situations that cause anger or frustration.
  2. List ways to deal effectively with anger or frustration.
  3. Identify how destructive behavior can cause conflict.
  4. Predict how constructive behavior might reduce conflict.

Nutrition and Fitness

Standard 6
The students will understand how a healthy diet and exercise can increase the likelihood of physical and mental wellness.

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Objective 1
Specify key vitamins and minerals and their functions. *NU

  1. Name vitamins and minerals vital to a healthy body; e. g., vitamins B and C, minerals calcium and iron.
  2. Determine the functions of key vitamins and minerals.
  3. Name foods rich in key vitamins and minerals.
  4. Identify nutritional problems related to vitamin and/or mineral deficiencies.

Objective 2
Determine the relation between food intake and activity. (PE) *NU

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  1. Define calories.
  2. Estimate the number of calories needed for growth and body function.
  3. Predict the change in caloric requirements due to participation in activities.
  4. Plan a balanced food intake for one day.

Objective 3
Summarize how and why bodies differ in shape and size.

  1. Recognize individual growth patterns.
  2. Explain the role that heredity plays in growth and development.
  3. Describe the role of nutrition in growth and development.

Consumer and Community Health

Standard 7
The students will understand the value of service and effective consumer practices.

Objective 1
Participate in service-learning that benefits Utah. (SS)

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  1. Identify needs of Utah and/or its citizens.
  2. Examine situations when people or groups assist Utah.
  3. Plan, implement, and report on service benefiting Utah.

Objective 2
Analyze how media strategies and techniques affect consumer practices. (LA)(LM)

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  1. Identify the strategies and techniques used in a variety of media.
  2. Demonstrate the various strategies and techniques used by media.
  3. Compare effectiveness of various strategies and techniques.

Objective 3
Identify the role of health professionals in the school.

  1. List various health professionals within the school system and the services provided.
  2. Define the role of each health professional within the school system.
  3. Identify situations in which the services can and should be accessed.


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