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First Grade Health

Course Description

Students will learn about the five senses.  Students will identify different muscles and bones of the body.  Students will learn how to identify their feelings.  Students will learn about the different food groups.  Students will learn to recognize that physical activity increases heart and respiratory rates.  Students will identify how to make health-enhancing decisions.  Students will identify ways to stay safe in bad weather (e.g., tornados, electric storms).  Students will learn to identify safety rules for being around strangers and using the internet.  Students will identify potential hazards in and around the home (e.g., kitchen, bathroom, yard, evacuation plan). 

Grade Level(s): First Grade

Related Priority Standards (State &/or National):  K-12 Health Education Missouri Grade Level Expectations

Essential Questions

  • How do the body systems function and work together?
  • How do I keep myself and others safe?
  • Why is it important to know my body?
  • What knowledge, skills, and behaviors support personal safety?

Enduring Understandings

  • Students will explain and be able to apply safety aspects to their everyday life.
  • Students will understand how to deal with interpersonal relationship conflict and work to create a positive outcome.  
  • Students will be able to identify feelings and emotions for themselves and others within their community.

Course-Level Scope & Sequence (Units &/or Skills)

  • Unit 1: Concepts of Wellness

Students will have an understanding of what it means to be physically, socially, emotionally, and mentally well. They will learn how to improve upon different facets of wellness (how to cope with stress in a healthy way, how exercise benefits the body, and hygiene) in a way that is individualized and significant to the student. Students will learn about various body systems and how different organs interact with one another.

  • Unit 2: Mental, Emotional, and Social Health & Goal Setting

Students will have an understanding of healthy social-emotional skills, including conflict resolution, self-regulation, coping, advocacy, and safety. They will learn the importance of goal setting and building positive relationships.  

  • Unit 3: Analyzing Influences & Decision Making

Students will have an understanding of factors that influence health and wellness (nutrition, substance abuse, peer conflict resolutions, and coping strategies). They will learn the importance of developing healthy habits for optimal lifestyles.  

  • Unit 4: Healthy and Safe Relationships

Students will analyze what it means to be a good friend and learn to demonstrate the characteristics of a good friend. Students will learn to identify positive adult relationships and what constitutes an inappropriate relationship. They will be able to identify safe versus unsafe behaviors in various environments and settings (water safety, train track safety, stranger safety, etc.).

Date Last Revised/Approved: 2022