Well 8 course requirements (201415)


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Well 8 course requirements (201415)

  1. 1. GRADE 8 WELLNESS Wellness studies issues related to health and lifestyle focusing on four types of well-being; physical, emotional, mental, and social. The degree to which these interrelated aspects are nurtured directly influences our quality of life. This course investigates topics relevant to young adolescents in the areas of personal safety, human development and sexuality. It seeks to provide information which will assist them in making safe and healthy choices about relationships, both now and in the future. The major topics of study this semester include: Unit 1 Healthy Body - physical fitness, dangers of over commitment, nutrition and common eating disorders. Unit 2 Rights and Respect - mental illness, depression and stress management. Unit 3 Substance Abuse - the physical and mental effects of alcohol and marijuana abuse, the legal implications associated with drug use, peer pressure, refusal skill strategies, decision-making skills, emergency response to alcohol abuse and basic first aid. Unit 4 Sexual Health - the human reproductive system, fetal development, childbirth, teen pregnancy, parenthood, contraception, rights of the individual, peer pressure, safe dating, abusive relationships, decision-making skills and effective communication strategies. In addition to talks, multi-media presentations, readings, projects and activities, classroom discussion is an integral part of the course. Students are expected to follow the ground rules listed below: Ground Rules  Respect the feelings/ideas of others  Refrain from discussing/questioning at a personal level  Everyone has the right to “pass” (not to answer any personal or embarrassing question)  Respect the confidentiality of any personal information students share in class Course Requirements  Observe the Wellness ground rules at all times  Bring materials to class (clear file, spiral note book, pencil or pen, other items as requested by the teacher)  Complete assignments/projects on time  Prepare for tests/quizzes/presentations Assessment Categories Achievement  Knowledge & Understanding (40%)  Transfer of Knowledge (40%)  Communication (20%) Learning Habits  Organization  Engagement  Collaboration
  2. 2. Assessment Plan Grade 8 Wellness Teachers Ms Valerie Birchenall (Program Leader) birchenallv@ismanila.org Ms Carly Relf relfc@ismanila.org If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself. The telephone number for the Middle School office is 840 8550. Acknowledgement Please sign in the space provided below to show that you have read the course requirements for Wellness 8 and have discussed them with your child. Parent Signature __________________________ Date _____________________ Student’s Name _________________________________ Mrs Valerie Birchenall Wellness Department Program Leader birchenallv@ismanila.org Summative Assessment Tasks Knowledge & Understanding (40%) Transfer of Learning (40%) Communication of Learning (20%) Unit 1- Healthy Menu x x Unit 1- A Time in the Life (Eating Disorders) x x x Unit 1 Test x x Unit 2- Myth vs Reality (Depression) x x Unit 3- Anti Drug Booklet x X X x Unit 3 Test x x Unit 4 - Reproductive System Quiz x Unit 4 - HIV Quiz x Totals 6 5 4