Bedford High School

Bedford High School

Physical Education Department

Jackie Supprise, Program Administrator

Ashley Martell, Health Educator

Course Syllabus

Course: 9012 Health I (Grades 9 or 10)

This course includes units on communication, values clarification, decision making, goal setting, stress management, teen depression and suicide prevention. In addition, factual information on tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs will be presented.

Periods per cycle: 2 Credit:1.25

I.  Essential Questions:

1.  What is health?

2.  How does health effect all other areas of life?

3.  How do decisions I make effect my physical mental social and emotional health?

4.  What is a healthy lifestyle?

5.  How does heredity, culture, & tech. impact health?

6.  How can we promote health and reduce risks?

7.  What are refusal skills?

8.  What is the decision-making process?

9.  What is the best procedure for goal setting?

10.  What methods of communication should be used in certain situations?

11.  Differentiate between lifestyle factors & risk behaviors.

12.  How does stress affect health?

13.  What strategies can be implemented to manage stress?

14.  How is warning sign familiarity important to mental health care?

15.  From whom can we get help for anxiety and depression?

16.  What is the meaning of the term “resiliency”?

17.  What problems are associated with body image?

18.  What is the best way to deal with a crisis?

19.  What is self-actualization?

20.  How does the “hierarchy of needs” relate to real life?

21.  How can we deal with emotions in positive ways?

22.  What is the relationship between drugs & STD’s?

23.  How does smokeless tobacco and cigarettes compare?

24.  What is the effect of specific substances found in tobacco?

25.  What common diseases stem from tobacco use?

26.  What measures can we take to try to prevent cancer?

27.  How can alcohol abuse affect all aspects of life?

28.  What are the Massachusetts laws concerning alcohol?

29.  What are FAS and cirrhosis?

30.  What is alcohol poisoning?

31.  Is marijuana really worse than tobacco?

32.  What are the dangers of alcohol-drug interactions?

33.  How can Rx drugs be misused?

34.  What are the effects of psychoactive drugs?

35.  What are good tools for building relationships?

36.  Which characteristics exemplify a healthy relationship?

37.  Which forms of communication are classified as passive, aggressive, or assertive?

38.  What causes conflict?

II.  School Wide Expectations:

Massachusetts Frameworks: 1.11

























Active Learners- engaged in the quest for knowledge and understanding

Resourceful Thinkers- engaged in solving problems, making meaning and developing understanding

IV.  Learning Objectives:

By the completion of this course, the successful student will have learned:

a.  To demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between physical, mental, social and emotional wellness.

b.  To recognize and accept personal responsibility for one’s own wellness and appreciate the impact of individual choices on wellness in the family and community.

c.  To identify personal strengths and weaknesses, and to use this knowledge to choose a healthy lifestyle.

d.  To examine the economic, cultural, political, social, and personal values that influence decision-making.

e.  To develop active listening, communication, decision making, stress management and goal setting skills.

f.  To recognize and appreciate individual differences found in our society.

Effective Communicators- engaged in sharing information, insights, and ideas

V.  Learning Experiences:

In this course, students will:

a.  Listen to and present class presentations, take notes and actively participate in class discussions.

b.  Complete assigned homework.

c.  Work in-groups to solve problems, and create skits or projects.

d.  Complete all in-class and take-home assessments of learning.

VI.  Course Outline:

1. Introduction to health and wellness 1-2 weeks

2. Decision making 2-3 weeks

3. Communication and Self-esteem 2 weeks

4. Stress and stress management 2 weeks

5. Mental illness and suicide prevention 2 week

6.  Addiction 2 weeks

7. Alcohol , Tobacco, and Other Drugs 5 weeks

VII.  Course Materials:

·  In order to keep this course up to date a collection of materials, articles, and curriculum documents will be used.

Grading policy:

A student's grade for the class will be determined through an evaluation of the following:

Test 35%

Quiz scores 15%

Homework assignments 15%

Term project 10%

Class participation and classroom activities 25%

*Students will receive 5 points a day for class participation

Points will be deducted if…….

Students are off task during class

Students fail to participate in class activities

Students come to class 3 or more times unprepared (more info see class contract)