• 6th Grade Health I Instructional Sequence

     Communicable and non-Communicable Diseases and HIV

    * Identify communicable diseases such as Lyme Disease

    * Identify non-Communicable diseases such as cancer

    * Analyze the relationship between good personal hygiene and the prevention of communicable diseases

    * Define the terms epidemic, AIDS, HIV, and carrier

    * Explain how HIV weakens the immune system

    * Discuss how HIV is spread

    * Describe how to prevent the spread of HIV

    Home and Environmental Safety

    * Describe how having an informed awareness of safety can help prevent accidents in a variety of settings

    * Identify safety hazards found in the home

    * List ways to prevent home injuries

    * Identify fire safety procedures for the home

    * Describe safety guidelines for biking, skateboarding, swimming, hiking, and other outdoor activities

    * Explain safety precautions for various weather related emergencies

    Drugs: Tobacco, Alcohol, Marijuana

    * Define the differences between OTC and Prescription medications

    * Compare and contrast the short and long term effects of OTC and prescription medications as well as herbal supplements

    * Identify the basic facts about mind-altering drugs and the harmful effects that may result from the use of these drugs

    * Identify the consequences of using and/or choosing not to use tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana

    * Identify major sources and kinds of pressure to engage in drug, alcohol, or other drug use

    * Identify the difference between the perceived use of drugs versus actual use among adolescents

    * Demonstrate effective ways to say no to drugs in response to different kinds of peer pressure

    * Respond assertively in refusing the offer to use drugs

    * Identify stressors in their lives

    * Apply decision making skills in evaluating the risks involving drug use and use of weapons

    * Identify effective strategies to stop using alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and support the ability to remain drug free

    * Identify the negative consequences of gang and group violence and discuss strategies to avoid gang involvement

    Dealing with Emotions

    * Define emotions and lists a variety of examples

    * Explain that emotions are very personal feelings and describe a variety of ways those emotions may be expressed

    * Develop strategies for expressing emotions in positive ways in a variety of social situations using conversation and actions

    * Explain the flight or fight in response to strong emotions

    * Identify the physical signs of strong emotions

    * Describe positive ways to express anger and manage the energy that is created by this emotion

    * Illustrate the use of various communication techniques in conflict resolution

    Personality Development

    * Identify the physical and emotional needs of humans


    * Define self-concept and self-esteem

    * List conditions that foster high self-esteem

    * Explain how an individual's level of self-esteem affects his/her total health

    * Identify goals for developing high self-esteem and steps to achieve these goals

    * Illustrate the use of various steps for building positive self-esteem

    LEAD Program with the VTPD