• Hey everyone, please read the following question in the discussion area and submit your response.  In addition to the discussion question, read Lesson 5 and complete the included homework assignment.  

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  • Why do teens smoke?

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    Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and are safe and healthy! This week we will be starting our unit on tobacco and smoking. Please read Lesson 5 and complete the homework assignment attached to the lesson. In addition to the lesson I would like everyone to respond to the following question.


    According to the CDC, approximately 3,200 people under the age of 18 try their first cigarette each day. Despite knowing how bad smoking is for us, why do teenagers chose to start/try smoking?

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  • Course Description

    Health classes run for 9 weeks and are paired with the students' required grade level Physical Education class.  The 8th grade Health curriculum will focus on one's physical, emotional and sociall wellness in relationship to total health and wellness, human reproduction, growth and development, body image, teen relationships, communicable and noncommunicable diseases.  The class format involves the presentation of concepts and skills, group and class discussions, written and oral assignments, lesson reviews, quizzes and unit tests.  Each student is expected to keep a Health folder to organize and maintain assignments and notes.

     

    Objective

    The main objective of our Health class is to actively engage students in the curriculum so that they master the following concepts and skills:

                  1.  Develop strategies to stay abstinent.

                  2.   Identify behaviors that put one at risk for unintended pregnancy and communicable diseases, including STDs.

                  3.   Describe signs, symptoms, and treatment for common STDs including HIV/AIDS.

                  4.   Analyze stages of prenatal biology, the importance of prenatal care and the impact of heredity on growth and development.

                  5.   Identify reproductive organs and describe their function.

                  6.   Compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy teen relationships.

                  7.   Investigate healthy weight, eating disorders and body image.

                  8.   Identify causes, treatment and prevention of noncommunicable diseases.

                  9.   Discuss personal loss and the relationship to emotional health.

     

    Classroom Expectation

    Always follow classroom expectations as outlined in the student handbook.

    Arrive to class on time with the appropriate materials (Health pocket folder, pencil or pen, student planner) and a positive attitude.

    Bring something to read or homework to work on if you finish early.

    For each excused day of absense, a student is allowed one school day to make-up any work missed.  If a student is absent the day the assignment is due, it is due immediately upon his/her return.  To make-up a test, arrangements should be made with the teacher.

    For late work, students will lose 10% of the overall grade for each day the assignment is late.  After the third day, the student will recieve a 0.

     

    Grading

    Health grades are based on class participation, tests, quizzes, class assignments and projects.  Your final Health grade is based on a percentage of the total possible points for Health.

    A = 90 - 100%

    B = 80 - 89%

    C = 70 - 79%

    D = 60 - 69%

    F = 59% or lower

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