Health 8

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Fall semester

8th Grade Health


Unit Essential Questions Habits Of Mind Content Skills and Processes Assessment Resources Multicultural Dimension Integrated Learning
Healthy Relationships

What makes a good/bad relationship?

What makes someone a positive friend?

What is a mental health disorder?

visual, auditory, kinesthetic

Relationship characteristics

Depression, anxiety and ADHD

Warning signs of suicide and other self-abusive traits

Identify healthy vs. unhealthy relationships

Gain knowledge of common teen mental health disorders and identify when to access help

Recognize symptoms that warrant adult intervention when someone is in danger or is at risk




 film notes

journal entries

class discussion


DVD  Media Relations

Health ETR study guide and lessons


Birth Control/STDs

What is happening to my body?

How do I keep my changing body safe?

Visual, auditory, kinesthetic

Reproductive systems

Fetal growth and development

Communicable and non-communicable diseases

oral sex

Herpes, Warts, HPV, Chlamydia


Abstinence and introduction to birth control

Importance of religious and family values related to sexual activity

Emotional readiness and maturation process, precursors to sexual activity

Sex abuse and the law




Students will learn how conception occurs

Identify how the reproductive cycle functions

Examine and recognize the maturity and emotional readiness needed before entering a relationship

Prevent spread of STDs and communicable diseases

Recognize child abuse and know the procedure for reporting and accessing adult help


journal entries

film notes

fact sheets

DVD Media Relations

Miracle of Life a Nova Film

Centers for Disease control

Health ETR lessons

Guest speaker

Religious and cultural differences in sexual expectations

scientience and biology applications

Drugs and Alcohol II

How do I stay safe?

visual, auditory, kinesthic, roleplay

How addiction occurs

Science of addiction and the brain

What body organs are affected by D and A, both short and long term impacts?

Teen organs at risk vs. mature adult organs

Memory impairment due to D and A use

Binge drinking and hazing

Refusal skills

D and A abstinence

prescriptions and OTC drugs

review nicotine, marijuana and alcohol

misuse, abuse and addiction

treatment approaches and help for addiction


Identify how addiction occurs at the pleasure centers in the brain

Learn about and explain developing brains at high risk prior to age 25

students will practice in class  refusal skill techniques

Students will understand and explain binge drinking and hazing dangers

Students will know what to do if someone has alcohol poisoning

Students will know treatment resources for addressing addiciton

Students will recognize the dangers of misusing prescription drugs and PTC abuse


jouranl entries

film notes

role plays in class



Addiction and the brain article

DVD Media relations

guest speaker-former drug abuser


Science and biology