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Health Homework

Your last homework assignment for Health class is due tomorrow, 5/22. This is the Disease Risk Assessment that you are to do with some parent help to determine what risk you have for getting Non-communicable Diseases. Don't forget to write the analyzing paragraph after you have completed the family check list. This last week of school we will be discussing both communicable and non-communicable diseases. You will be creating a poster about a specific non-communicable disease with others at your table. Please be sure that your Health textbook is in class as well as your Health folder. We will use these resources in class each day and there is no reason to take them home anymore. I hope you have learned something new in Health this quarter. Don't forget...you are in charge of your own Health.

posted on: May 21, 2007

W.A.I.T. Training final week

We will complete our Human Growth unit this week with guest speakers on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. First we will finish our discussion on sexually transmitted diseases and talk about the benefits of being abstinent until marriage. There will be a post-test given on 4/24 that is identical to the pre-test you took before we started this unit. You will also take a multiple choice/true-false quiz to evaluate what you have learned during our studies. All worksheets from W.A.I.T. (Why Am I Tempted) Training will be collected to comprise a classwork grade. These will be collected on Wednesday.
Those Chorus/Orchestra students who will miss two days this week due to their field trip, will be able to pick up an ATM (abstinent 'til marriage) card on their return to school next week.

posted on: April 23, 2007

Human Growth and Development

We have begun our unit on Human Growth and Development. This unit will take approximately two weeks and will culminate with three days of guest speakers. The unit was introduced with a comprehensive Power Point presentation from W.A.I.T. training. If you missed this presentation on the Friday before Spring Break, please make arrangements to come in Thursday morning, 4/12, at 8:15 to view this powerful slide show and get brought up to date. We will be covering a wide variety of topics including anatomy, personal goals, personality profiles, setting dating standards, changes during maturation, love vs. infatuation, sexually transmitted diseases, the benefits of marriage, the benefits of remaining abstinent until marriage, how to set boundaries, and the facts and myths about HIV/AIDS.
There will be one homework assignment during this section of Health that will involve interviewing a parent. I hope this assignment will be viewed as an opportunity for you and your parent(s) to engage in a discussion during which you can share the facts you are learning and your parent can cover topics they wish to add. You will complete a post-test at the end of the unit which is identical to the pre-test you have already taken. In addition, there will be a quiz on all materials prior to the days our guest speakers come to class.

posted on: April 10, 2007

8th Grade Health/4th Quarter

Welcome to Health class. This nine weeks will seem to fly by. We have two weeks, then the Spring Break, then finish out the year. We will be starting the nine weeks with our Mental and Emotional Health unit. Both the class syllabus and the Human Growth and Development form should be signed by a parent and returned by 3/21. Both are attached if you have misplaced your copy. These are the skills you should be learning in this unit:
* Assess personal characteristics associated with positive self-esteem
* Discuss the influence of self-identity and group acceptance in choosing friends
* Analyze causes of conflict among youth and strategies to handle them
* Analyze causes of suicide, prevention, and its effects on survivors
* Identify factors that promote a positive self-image: accepting responsibility, respect for self, authority and others;
* Apply self-control
* Exercise the right to be assertive

Textbooks will be issued by 3/20. These books may go home to use, but remember to bring them to class each day. Folders may be kept in the Health classroom once the syllabus has been signed. Evaluations in this unit will include classwork and a Vocabulary Quiz.

8Th Grade Health Syllabus-5
Hgd Parent Permission-2

posted on: March 19, 2007

Communicable and Non-communicable Diseases/3rd Quarter

In our Disease unit, you will should be able to identify communicable and non-communicable diseases and how you get them. You need to know how to explain what causes a communicable disease and the ways they are spread. You need to define and retell the reasons you might get a non-communicable disease and why. There will be worksheets and concept maps on each type of disease as well as a packet to be completed on a specific non-communicable disease that your group has chosen to learn about.

Evaluations:

Worksheets and concept maps: will be collected and graded as classwork
Homework: Your Risk Assessment of Non-communicable Diseases in your family is due 3/8 (Band students- due 3/9)
Notebook check: There will be the second notebook check this week on 3/9
Short answer Quiz on your topics - 3/9

posted on: March 07, 2007

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug unit/3rd Quarter

As we learn to classify and categorize drugs, you need to learn about their effects on the body. You have taken a pre-test about Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and will have the post test on FAS this week. The following skills will help you prepare for and complete your class work:

You will be going on a Drug Scavenger Hunt as part of your classwork. You will be using your class notes, text book, brochures, and posters to find answers to questions about drugs and their effects on the body. This Scavenger Hunt will help you apply what you are learning in class. The approximate time-table is FAS post test 2/28, Scavenger Hunt 3/1.

posted on: February 27, 2007

8th Grade Health/3rd Quarter

Welcome to Health class. The syllabus for this course is attached. Our first unit of study will be Mental and Emotional Health. You will be responsible for the list of vocabulary words given out in class. There will be a graded classwork assignment, a Mental Health Study Guide. This assignment presents a question from each of the lessons in Chapter 3 in the textbook. The class will be identifying some ways to help them define the vocabulary from this unit. There will be some role-playing opportunities as well. Projected time of the matching vocabulary quiz is Tuesday 1/16. The unit will conclude shortly thereafter.

8Th Grade Health Syllabus-4

8-Permission Letter 06-2

posted on: January 28, 2007

W.A.I.T. Training/Human Growth and Development

As we reach the half-way point of our unit, we will begin learning about sexually transmitted diseases and handling peer pressures to be sexually active. All hand-outs should be kept in your folder to use as a study guide for our quiz. The quiz is looking like it will be at the end of the week. You received a homework assignment on 1/26 that is a student/parent question sheet. Students should answer their side of the paper first, then interview a parent and either write down parent responses or have a parent write them out. There is a place for parent signatures and is due on Wednesday, 1/31. There will be a notebook check this week. Exact date will be posted in the health class room. The guest speakers for this unit will be coming at the end of next week, February 7th, 8th, and 9th. You will really enjoy them and have an opportunity to pick up an ATM (Abstinent 'Til Marriage) card from them. It will all make sense when you have finished W.A.I.T. (Why Am I Tempted) Training!

posted on: January 28, 2007

Human Growth and Development/3rd Quarter

We have begun our unit on Human Growth and Development. The following will be covered in class:
*Recognizing that sexually transmitted diseases are communicable
*Recognize that HIV/AIDS is caused by a virus and is currently incurable
*Identify and explain the ways STDs are transmitted
*Explain how abstaining from premarital sex can prevent the spread of STDs
*Identify methods of preventing pregnancy and analyze their effectiveness
*Analyze physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during maturation
*Identify ways of resisting persuasive tactics regarding sexual involvement
*Identify the effects of dating

Please keep all completed handouts in your Health folder. During this unit, there will be various handouts and worksheets, one notebook check and one quiz. Dates will be posted for notebook checks and quizzes when determined. There will be one homework assignment for this unit. It is my hope that this homework will facilitate parent-student discussions and not be perceived as a burden. It should present an opportunity for students to share what they are learning with their parent(s). I will update the blog with dates as they become apparent.

posted on: January 22, 2007

Human Growth and Development/2nd Quarter

Our Human Growth and Development unit will conclude next week. the following are the skills you should have learned so far...

Identify the major parts of male and female anatomy.
Distinguish between male and female anatomy and restate the function of various parts.
Distinguish between the sexually transmitted diseases that can be cured and those that you would have forever.
Describe basic symptoms of the sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, genital herpes, human papilloma virus (HPV), HIV/AIDS.
Label words and phrases that describe love vs. infatuation
State your dating standards.
Recall four types of love.
Discuss the benefits of marriage.
Recognize types of contraceptives with their failure rates and protection from sexually transmitted diseases.
Determine the true and false beliefs about HIV/AIDS.
Recognize abstinence as the best choice for a healthy future with obtainable goals.

Classwork: various worksheets and notes will be checked at the next notebook check.

Homework: one assignment given on 11/15, due on 11/17

Interview a parent using the provided questions, include parent signature.

Evaluation: Multiple Choice, True/False, and short answer quiz covering all aspects of the Human Growth and Development unit on 11/20/06.

posted on: November 15, 2006

8th Grade Health Human Growth and Development

Human Growth and Development is covering the following topics in class:

Classwork:
It is expected that students participate in class discussions and group brainstorming activities. Any handouts should be read over and notes added as you see fit.

Evaluation:
There will be a written test on all materials 9/18

Homework:
There is one homework assignment to be completed with at least one parent. This is due 9/14

Progress Reports will go home 9/15.
Any missing work not made up by that time will show as a zero on the progress report.

posted on: September 13, 2006

Health Class

Welcome to 8th grade Health. All students should now have a Health folder with a signed syllabus, a textbook that was issued to them, and an assigned seat. Please be prepared for class each day by having your textbook, folder and writing utensil each day. Agenda planners should also be brought to class.


8th Grade Health Syllabus-1.doc


Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs

In our first unit, you will become familiar with a wide variety of drugs. These are the skills you should learn:
1. Assess the consequences on the fetus and child of using alcohol, tobacco products and other drugs
2. Recognize signs and symptoms of chemical dependency and identify resources for help and support
4. Dramatize the use of refusal skills to counter aggressive behavior and intimidation in pressure to use drugs
5. Propose alternatives to using drugs (including SAAD, ALANON, ALATEEN)

Classwork:
1. Illustrate note-taking on drug categories
2. Formulate sentences showing comprehension of vocabulary terms - graded assignment
3. Compare and contrast Tobacco and Alcohol with regards to drug category, effects on the body, fetal effects, related diseases, legality
4. Review various drug "Tips for Teens" and judge the importance of refraining from drug use
5. Evaluate drug knowledge with a Drug Scavenger Hunt for information - graded assignment

Evaluation:
1. Quiz on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - 8/29
2. Notebook check for classwork completion 8/30

posted on: August 29, 2006

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