Sixth grade health meets every other day throughout the year. The class incorporates four units. The first chapter covers the various factors that contribute to a person's overall health and wellness. We discuss that a person's total health is comprised of physical, mental/emotional, and social health. This leads to conversations about what affects a person's health and how the decision making process is so important to being a healthy individual. We discuss how students can refuse peer pressure. Also, the students create long and short term goals. We then talk about how one wrong decision can destroy each student's chances of achieving her goals.Mental and emotional health is the next unit of study. Students learn what affects their personality, ways to have a positive self-concept, and how to deal with emotions and stress. We talk about how the body responds to stress, including the fight or flight response. We practice a variety of relaxation techniques. We also discuss numerous mental and emotional disorders. Some of these include: Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, SAD, phobias, schizophrenia, and OCD.The third chapter is social health. This unit stresses the importance of verbal and nonverbal communication and also body language. Understanding family relationships is another topic we discuss. We then focus on friendships. This leads to discussions about peer pressure and refusal skills.The fourth topic sixth grade health covers is safety. The students learn ways to prevent unintentional injuries. We talk about environmental safety ranging from winter, summer, water, animal, etc. procedures. They also learn life saving procedures such as hands only CPR and choking. The students are required to perform these techniques on manikins.
Last Modified on March 9, 2018