Middle School Health

Course Overview

This five-star course was developed in association with Children's Mercy Hospital and is aligned with the National Health Education Standards. Course topics include:

  • Fundamentals of Good Health

  • Physical Fitness

  • Basics of Nutrition

  • Mental and Emotional Well-Being

  • Personal Hygiene and Consumer Choice

  • Communicable Diseases

  • Non-Communicable Diseases

  • Personal Safety

  • First Aid

  • Health and the World Around You


Scope and Sequence

Unit 1 In this unit students learn about health and wellness, as well as the components and building blocks of good health.  They study factors that impact health and learn about taking risks and about the consequences they produce.  They learn what personal decisions are, and how to make responsible decisions, as well as the steps involved in making decisions.  Further, students learn to make short and long-term goals, to take personal responsibility for building their character, and to make good health goals.

Unit 2 In this unit students learn about major body systems including the skeletal, muscular, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular systems.  They study strength and flexibility, blood circulation and blood types, and sport injuries.

Unit 3 In this unit students learn to make wise nutrition choices, studying nutrients including carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, as well as vitamins and minerals.  They learn how beneficial water is, and the MyPlate system for making good food choices.  They further learn how the digestive system works, and how the body removes waste products.

Unit 4 In this unit students explore how to have good emotional health, beginning with facing the challenges of daily life and having a healthy attitude.  They discuss having empathy for others and how to be a good friend.  Students investigate positive self-esteem, as well as how to understand and deal with emotions, stress, and discouragement.  They learn to use good communication skills, and to build family relationships and friendships.

Unit 5 In this unit students take a look at conflict and violence in our society, and how they can deal with these situations.  They discuss common causes of conflicts, how to understand other viewpoints, communication strategies for dealing with conflict, strategies for being safe in violent conflicts, and how to develop solutions to conflict.

Unit 6 In this unit students learn about the respiratory and nervous systems.  They learn about common diseases of the respiratory system, the effects of tobacco on body systems, and signs of addiction.  They learn the parts of the nervous system and the brain, and how to take care of their own nervous system, as well as infections that affect the nervous system.  They learn about the effects of alcohol and discuss strategies for beating addiction.

Unit 7 In this unit students learn about drugs and medicines.  They study stimulants and depressants and their effects, as well as drug abuse and the good and bad effects of steroids.  They explore the importance of drug awareness.

Unit 8 In this unit students learn good skin, hair, nail, and ear care.  They further learn about making good consumer and health care provider choices.

Unit 9 In this unit students explore changes in our lives, including physical, mental, and emotional changes.  They discuss the endocrine system, glands, and hormones, and learn about heredity, genes, and chromosomes, as well as cell division and the stages of life.

Unit 10 In this unit students learn about the immune system and about nonspecific versus specific responses.  They also learn about communicable diseases, and about antibiotics and vaccines.  They study colds, flu, chicken pox, measles, mumps, and other types of communicable diseases.

Unit 11 In this unit students study non-communicable diseases.  They learn about allergies and allergens, asthma, and arthritis.  They study diabetes, cardiovascular disease, signs and symptoms of heart attacks, and common types of cancer and their treatment.

Unit 12 In this unit students discuss accident prevention and first aid.  They learn about electrical hazards, burns, broken bones and dislocations, bleeding, choking, and CPR.

Unit 13 In this unit, students explore pollution as it relates to our health and our world.  They study air pollution and its effects, water pollution, and the effect of pollution on our Earth.