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Grade 8 - Health - Resources: Overview

Overview

Grade 8 Health Course

Welcome to the semester-long Health course, a holistic program which aims to give students accurate information in the areas of Physical, Social, Emotional and Mental Health, as well as develop the skills they need to make healthy and safe choices for the rest of their lives.

 

The course includes the following units:

  • Unit 1: Social, emotional and mental health
  • Unit 2: Nutrition and physical fitness
  • Unit 3: Alcohol, tobacco (E-Cigarettes) and cannabis
  • Unit 4: Growth, development and sexual health

 

In Unit 1, we begin the semester by having students assess their own personalities. The online tests measure traits such as emotional stability, extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and openness. The personality tests are designed to help students find out more about themselves and to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Students also consider how their unique personality could impact daily interactions and decisions. We will continue with lessons on self-esteem and positive self-talk, bullying, and the importance of values. We will also focus on improving the mental wellbeing of our students by providing them with a range of strategies they can use to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.

 

Unit 2 focuses on the importance of having a healthy and balanced diet. Students learn about various vitamins, minerals and nutrients and what these do for our bodies. They discover the hidden sugars in many common food items and learn how to be critical when reading nutrition labels on food packaging. When learning about diabetes, students will have the option of taking a blood glucose level test (administered by the nurses).

 

Unit 3 tackles the topics of alcohol, tobacco (including e-cigarettes) and other drugs (marijuana). Students will watch various anti-smoking commercials and analyse how tobacco companies historically downplayed the health impacts of smoking and continue to market harmful products to youth. They will also learn about how alcohol affects brain development in teenagers. Students will learn how to evaluate and avoid risk, through stories of dangerous decisions made by other teens. Students will learn how to keep themselves and their friends safe, and practice putting someone in the recovery position.

 

Our fourth unit; “Growth, Development and Sexual Health” can be a difficult topic to navigate and we are here to help.  We create a supportive environment that builds knowledge, develops lifelong skills, and explores the attitudes and values that affect our decisions.

 

Research strongly supports the fact that young people want and need:

  • accurate information about how to keep themselves safe
  • to talk with their parents/families about such things as the physical changes of puberty, menstruation and reproduction
  • opportunities to talk to other adults about different relationships and sexual health issues

 

In addition, studies have shown that young people who are educated about relationships and sexual health matters delay being involved in sexual activity.

 

Grade 8 covers topics such as respectful relationships, consent, gender stereotypes, gender diversity, human reproductive systems, from conception to contraception, and sexually transmitted infections.