Welcome to 8th grade Health
In our class, you will develop skills that will help you become a health-literate adult. You will gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge and behaviors needed to safeguard your health. We will learn how to access accurate information needed to promote personal and community health. You will use problem-solving, research and goal-setting to achieve these goals. I look forward to seeing everyone this year.
1) Raise your hand when you have a question or comment
2) Stay seated during instruction
3) Respect yourself and others
Homework Policy: Homework will be assigned on an as needed bases. Most lessons will be completed in class. When homework is assigned it will be due the following school day.
Consequences for late assignments are:
1 day late -30 pts.
2 days late -50 pts.
8/27 - 8/31
This week we will be discussing and demonstrating positive communication skills. We will practice refusal skills for difficult situations, discuss decision-making skills, and create an action plan to achieve a short-term goal. Quiz on Friday
9/4 - 9/7
This week students will be examining how to achieve good mental and emotional health. We will discuss the importance of developing a positive identity and how to manage emotions in difficult situations. No School Monday
9/10 - 9/14
This week students will be discussing ways to manage stress and anxiety and become resilient individuals. We will examine the effects of stress on the body and how it can influence your health. Students will develop strategies when facing a stressful situation. There will be a vocabulary quiz Friday.
9/17 - 9/21
This week students will be researching mental and emotional problems that effect society today. We will be studying the 6 main categories that mental and emotional disorders are classified, how suicide is a serious but preventable problem, and identifying the stages in the grieving process. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday 9/21
9/24 - 9/28
This week students will be learning skills for building healthy relationships. We will look at how relationships allow us to meet personal needs. The importance of good communication skills when building a positive relationship and the art of using refusal skills to avoid negative situations. There will be no school for students on Monday 24th.
10/1 - 10/5
This week students will be studying how different forms of media influence our daily lives. We will look for the true meanings hidden in various ad's and commercials. The class will also discover how the meaning of a message can influence society in both positive and negative ways.
10/8 - 10/12
This week students will practice methods to avoid conflict when possible. We will work on techniques to help identify bad signs and situations early so that these types of traps can be avoided before they have a chance to occur. There will be no school on Friday the 12th or Monday the 15th.
10/15 - 10/19
This week we will begin a unit on how alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can effect a person's short and long-term health. We will look at some negative consequences that arise from abuse and addiction. Students will examine positive strategies to avoid habits that could directly effect their health and well-being. There will be a quiz on Friday the 20th.
10/22 - 10/26
This week we will continue our unit on how alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs can effect a person's short and long-term health. We will look at some advertisement techniques and myths that alcohol suppliers use to persuade people to buy there product.
10/29 - 11/2
This week we will continue our unit on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Students will examine roles of medicines and how they are categorized according to purpose. We will look at some negative consequences that arise from abuse and addiction. Students will examine positive strategies to avoid habits that could directly effect their health and well-being. There will be a quiz on Friday the 2th.
11/5 - 11/9
This week students will be exploring how personal care and healthy behaviors effect a person's overall health and well-being. We will be exploring some common communicable diseases, how they are spread, and how they can be prevented. We will also be comparing the common cold to the flu.
11/12 - 11/16
This week students will be examining peer relationships. We will be looking at the ways peer relationships affect a person's health and well-being. Refusal strategies will be discussed. There will be a vocabulary quiz on Friday the 16th. Next week will be Thanksgiving break. I want to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.
11/26 - 11/30
This week students will investigate why a proper diet is important to establishing and maintaining good health. Students will examine how food choices we make will have both short-term and long-term effects on our personal well-being. We will also look at the importance of counting calories and how they relate to overall health.
12/3 - 12/7
This week students will be discussing weight management, fad diets, and various eating disorders. Students will explain why an effective weight-management plan is important to long-term health. We will describe some healthful ways to manage health, and look at the specific nutritional needs of groups such as athletes and vegetarians.
12/10 - 12/14
This week students will explore the family unit and the effects that relations have on health. Students will examine the roles of parents, grandparents, and extended family and describe how these roles are similar and different.
12/17 - 12/21
This week on Monday and Tuesday students will begin reviewing for their Health Ed final exam that takes place Wednesday and Thursday. Friday will be an early release day. I hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday.