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Current topics of study

6th grade: Resource Management: Taking care of our clothing- Students will be learning how to sew two styles of buttons on, three basic stitches and hand sewing a bean bag frog.

PARENTS: Please note: I have allocated more than enough time for the students to get assignments done in class, however, some may choose to take theirs home because they want more time, work better by themselves, etc.... T

7th grade: Foods and Nutrition


8th grade: Foods and Nutrition




Period 1- Home room - General home room things such as fundraisers, and can food drive, as well as other school wide things. Currently students will be exploring the topic Financial management, understanding terminology, importance of saving and budgeting.


Topics: Time management, Goal setting, Being yourself and not bending to negative peer pressure, being an excellent family member and doing one's fair share at home, financial management.

State Standards:

State Standards:

State Standards:

Life Span and Development

* Examine the interactions of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development that occurs during each phase of the lifespan.

*Research and outline the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development that occurs in puberty.


Resource Management:

* Research the different types of goals. Differentiate between long and short term goals.

* Write specific, measurable, attainable, and realistic goals that have a deadline.

*Describe the importance of effective money management and the relationship for using this skill to achieve goals.

* Construct a spending plan for one of the goals identified while writing long and short term goals.

* Create a time tracking system. Ex: time log.

* Analyze the percentage of time spent on each daily activity such as sleep, eating, and travel.

* Based on one's findings, analyze the time tracking system to identify ways to better use one's resource of time.


Healthy Lifestyles:

* Analyze the relationship between eating, sleeping, physical activity, and wellness.

* Assess nutrition and fitness practices that promote personal well-being across the lifespan.

* Compare aerobic and anaerobic physical fitness activities.

* Develop a plan for participating in team or individual physical fitness practice.

* Describe the body's use of nutrients.

* Cite nutritional guidelines classify foods and identify recommended servings.

* Read and evaluate food label information.

* Create an informational artifact explaining the nutritional value of snacks.

* Compare and contrast nutrition of various foods such as fast foods, snacks etc..

* Create/Plan a well balanced meal.

* Compare food costs to determine if there is a correlation between nutritional value.

* Define "Food Deserts" and describe the negative impact on a community.

* Demonstrate safe food and equipment handling procedures while preparing food.


Career Exploration

* Complete one or more career-choice survey instruments.

* Evaluate interests, traits, abilities, and goals to maximize future educational and career opportunities.

*Research on the sixteen nationally recognized career clusters and identify three to five possible careers in that cluster.

* Determine the knowledge, skills, and attributes associated with the occupations.

* Compare and contrast the educational, and licensing requirements for obtaining a position in the desired field as well as requirements for advancement in that field.


Appropriate Technology Use

* Practice responsible and safe use of technology, and create a list of best practices related to computer netiquette, privacy, security, and copyright laws.

* Use technology to access, manage, manipulate, create, and interpret information.

* Demonstrate proficiency with communication technologies to prepare publications and other creative work. Evaluate delivery options based on topic, audience characteristics, and desired outcome.


Healthy Relationships and Communication

* Analyze the different types of relationships and the characteristics of each.

*Compare and contrast healthy and unhealthy relationships by addressing things like the need for trust, respect, and emotional support versus bullying, control, and abuse of all kinds.

* Examine the methods of coping with personal and family change or crisis.

* Articulate and convey situations related to school, relationships, and family in which positive communication skills could be used.

*Explore conflict management, negotiation, problem-solving and anger control strategies.

* Practice reflective listening and "I" messages.

* Role play positive parent-child, and sibling communication.

*Research and compile a list of resources (counseling hot-lines, support groups etc..) for help in challenging circumstances.

* Practice giving and receiving instructions to accomplish a task.

* Recognize the consequences of poor communication skills and describe the importance of using positive communication skills.

Asitia Program

Parents: Your child will receive a permission slip on the first day of class requesting that you allow them to listen to the Asitia program.


The information is taught on a grade appropriate level.

6th grade: Introduction of basic definitions as pertaining to subjects specifically geared for the youngest middle school students including discussions of family, puberty, pressures, and setting boundaries. Sixth graders are introduced to the physical, and emotional stages of male and female puberty to prepare them for their future roles as equally valued partners in a marital relationship. Interactive role-play reinforces the lessons which include:

1. The importance of Family: Focuses on the value of family members working together; along with basic definitions (ex: puberty, commitment) to support the lesson.

2. Puberty: Basic anatomy pertinent to a discussion of puberty is presented including what a female body as well as a male body goes through during the puberty process.

3. Boundaries and Pressure: Discussion of why we have and should have boundaries, how to handle pressure situations, and setting goals to help avoid pressure situations in the first place.

4. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: the differences between viruses and bacteria leading to a brief mention of the most common STDs (more detail in later grade levels)

5. Jeopardy: Game show reviewing definitions learned. Students will be challenged to take the information from the course and apply it to their lives.


7th Grade:

Seventh grade Asitia is about the story of the student's lives and creating long range goals. They will be able to dream, plan out and eventually live out the story of a life based on good healthy choices. Conversely, they will see that failure to succeed is also a gradual process of moving away from dreams. Lessons include:


1. Guard Your Heart: Discussion of characteristics in a good dating and a good marriage relationship focusing on the emotional ups and downs of dating. Students will understand that a healthy relationship begins with choices they are making right now.

2. Lures: Develop a plan for the next five years leading up to a dream life, which include temptations and how to get out of those situations. Students will learn that theire are things that will get in the way of their dream life.

3. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Presentation of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, how they affect the body, and how to avoid the.

4. Media Messages: Media influences our lives, but with awareness of what's being shown in media, the students can be in control of their lives.

5. Wedding Customs: Presentation of a mock wedding to include discussion of symbolism and words like commitment, honor, pledge etc..


8th grade:

Exploration of the student's value as a human being, and understanding that they are worth waiting for will be discussed. Students will understand the importance of making good choices now and how those positive choices will greatly affect their future. The converse is true as well. They will also examine ways in which decisions of others can affect them as well as how their actions can affect others. Lessons include:


1. Guard Your Heart: Presentation of the definition of abstinence, and how choices will affect each of us personally, educationally, professionally, etc... Students will be able to identify some consequences of pre-marital sexual activity.

2. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Students become familiar with the major STD's, health risks, and relationship implications.

3. Is Love Greek to You? Explore the different kinds of love so as to differentiate between real love and infatuation.

4. Sexual Progression: Presentation of one thing leading to another, how quickly you can lose control, and how to get out of or avoid pressure situations. Students will compare benefits and consequences of an abstinent role model to those of a person who chooses to be sexually active.

5. What do You Value? Discussion of what's negotiable and non-negotiable in dating and marriage, and how to save sex until marriage. They will realize that they are valuable with special gifts and talents.

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