Overview of 4th Grade: Health
Unit 1: Personal and Mental Health
The Personal and Mental Health component helps students to value personal health and practice important life skills including communication, interpersonal relations, bonding, self-awareness, and coping with adversity. These skills not only improve student performance in school, they also assist students with healthy personal choices. Students will be empowered to assume personal responsibility for their behavior, and to recognize the impact their choices and behaviors have on personal health and the health of others. Goal-setting is integral to personal and mental health. it is a skill which fosters and is dependent upon other important life skills such as self-awareness, self-esteem, and personal responsibility. At the fourth grade level students will focus on organizing and prioritizing goals, and then practice setting and attaining personal goals. These are important milestones for this age group as they prepare to enter early adolescence and take on more responsibilities and make personal choices.
Unit 2: Family Life
This unit will students will be learning about families. They will learn about similarities and differences that exist in families. Students will learn how to practice building and maintaining healthy friendships and family relationships, while resisting negative influences. Students will also learn various ways to communicate care, consideration and self acceptance of self and others. Lastly, students will practice making friends and nurturing healthy and lasting relationships.
Unit 3: Safety and Injury Prevention
In this unit, students will learn the importance of safety and injury prevention. This will be executed through several lessons. The key concepts will be: emergencies, outdoor safety, winter safety, and school and personal safety.
Unit 4: Drug Prevention
Students will be learning key concepts throughout the drug prevention unit. During this unit, students will be learning concepts such as: harmful and helpful substances, tobacco prevention, alcohol and other drugs, choices and consequences, prevention skills, and responsibility and goal-setting.
Unit 5: Nutrition and Fitness
Students will learn key concepts which they will apply to their lives. The concepts students will learn are: understanding the basics of nutrition and the importance of healthy food and fitness choices, practice choosing a well-balanced diet, and selecting a wide variety of nutritious foods from each of the food groups, practice healthy food and fitness choices, and identify the lifelong benefits of these selections.
Unit 6: Stress Management
Students will learn key concepts which they will apply to their lives. The concepts students will learn are: enhance student ability to recognize and respond appropriately to different types of stress and practice effective methods of resolving conflict in non-violent ways.