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Health Education Curriculum Health Education - 5th 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
Summarize how communicating with others can help improve overall health.

  1. Compare the benefits of social interaction and time alone.
  2. Communicate the need for social interaction and time alone.
  3. Adopt behaviors to help maintain mental health; e.g., reading, exercise, lifelong learning, abstaining from substance abuse.

Objective 2
Demonstrate coping behaviors related to grief and loss.

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  1. Recognize the tasks associated with the grief and loss process; i.e., acknowledge loss or death, feel the feelings, go on living and loving.
  2. Recognize emotions associated with grief and loss.
  3. Identify common ways individuals may cope with loss.
  4. Identify ways to help others through the grieving process.

Objective 3
Predict the influence body image may have on body acceptance.

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  1. Explain body image and body acceptance.
  2. Recognize influences on body shape and size; e.g., diet, disabilities, exercise, heredity.
  3. Recognize factors that may affect body image; e.g., media, peers, self-expectations.

Objective 4
Demonstrate constructive ways of managing stress. *PD

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  1. Explain how both positive and negative events can cause stress.
  2. Identify physiological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses to stress.
  3. Predict how neglecting personal responsibilities may increase stress.
  4. Develop and apply a personal stress management plan.

Substance Abuse Prevention

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

Objective 1
Explore how relationships can contribute to self-worth. *PD

  1. Recognize different ways people influence each other.
  2. Differentiate between positive and negative influences.
  3. Accept mistakes and learn from them.
  4. Participate in discussion on the benefits of positive self-talk.
  5. Practice positive reinforcement with others.

Objective 2
Use decision-making skills to increase the likelihood of positive outcomes. *PD

  1. Describe how advertising may influence individual choices.
  2. Predict the consequences of a variety of choices.

Objective 3
Summarize the physiological effects of substance use. *PD

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  1. Identify the effects of tobacco use, including smokeless tobacco, on the body.
  2. Identify the effects of alcohol use on the body.
  3. Identify the effects of drug use on the body.

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
Demonstrate qualities that help form healthy interpersonal relationships.

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  1. List ways of showing respect and care for others.
  2. Practice effective communication skills. Respect personal boundaries.

Objective 2
Summarize the basic functions of the digestive and glandular systems.

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  1. Review the major body systems and their basic functions.
  2. Describe the digestive and glandular systems.
  3. Explain how good hygiene can help offset the effects of the glandular system.

Objective 3
Identify body changes that accompany puberty. *MP

  1. Summarize the role of the endocrine system and its impact; e. g., emotional fluctuations, body changes.
  2. Describe basic structures of female and male reproductive systems and identify their respective functions.
  3. Practice behaviors that maintain good hygiene.

Disease Prevention and HIV/AIDS Education

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

Objective 1
Define viruses and how they are transmitted.

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  1. List several diseases caused by viruses.
  2. List the primary modes of transmission of HIV.
  3. Recognize how infected yet symptom-free people can infect others.

Objective 2
Demonstrate decision-making and Refusal Skills for HIV prevention.

  1. List situations that pose a risk for transmission of HIV.
  2. Identify, avoid, manage, or escape situations involving exposure to body fluids.

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.

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Objective 1
Describe potential hazards, safety procedures, and first aid within a variety of circumstances. (SC)

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  1. Identify and avoid potential hazards in a variety of situations.
  2. Describe precautions to take when around chemicals, electricity, or water.
  3. Describe emergency procedures to follow in case of chemical, electrical, or water-related accidents.
  4. Demonstrate how to use safety equipment; e. g., basic first aid kit, fire extinguisher, Emergency Medical System.

Objective 2
Predict the effects of violence on society.

  1. Identify the dangers of mimicking violent behavior.
  2. Analyze the impact of violence portrayed in the media.

Objective 3
Develop vocabulary that shows respect for self and others.

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  1. Identify comments that would show respect and caring for others.
  2. List positive ways to speak to self.
  3. Analyze the value in creating respectful, healthy relationships.

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
Predict the impact of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans on health. *NU

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  1. Know the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  2. Relate how following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans may impact the health of individuals as well as communities; e. g., obesity, heart disease, cancer, insurance rates, missed work days.

Objective 2
Evaluate personal activity level and food intake with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and plan ways to improve health. (PE) *NU

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  1. Compare daily food intake and caloric output with Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  2. Determine how changes in personal activity level and/or food intake may benefit personal health.

Objective 3
Recognize influences that may affect body types and sizes.

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  1. Summarize the role of nutrition and exercise in body development.
  2. Determine how heredity and environment can influence body shape and size.
  3. Recognize the impact that puberty has on body growth, shape, and size.

Objective 4
Participate in a physical activity that is enjoyable and fosters confidence. (PE)

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  1. Identify a fun physical activity.
  2. Participate in an activity that is challenging and rewarding.

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 assists the preservation of natural resources. (SC)

  1. Identify natural resource protection needs.
  2. Examine situations where a person or group assists the protection of natural resources.
  3. Plan, implement, and report on a natural resource service project.

Objective 2
Determine the influence of media on individual purchasing. (LM)

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  1. Analyze the influence of media on needs and wants.
  2. Describe how media strategies may contribute to impulsive buying.

Objective 3
Explore a variety of health-related professions.

  1. Research health-related professions.
  2. Select and report on a health-related profession.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Jodi Kaufman and see the Health Education website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - DIANA SUDDRETH .

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