Student Learning Objectives – 6th Grade

Synopsis

"I Wonder What Happens Next" lessons begin with a review of prior knowledge about puberty and development of guidelines for a safe and productive classroom climate. Students learn about reproduction, fetal development, reproductive anatomy and physiology, and the social-emotional changes in puberty. Students learn to differentiate between respectful, healthy relationships versus disrespectful, unhealthy relationships. Students practice interpersonal skills for healthy relationships and refusal skills for risky sexual situations. The emphasis is on motivating young people to make behavioral choices that will keep themselves healthy now and for future reproductive health. 

Four additional optional lessons are provided on genetics, standing up to peer pressure, and prevention of disease and pregnancy. Because students at this age are becoming more independent and social, some will be on the cusp of making decisions regarding sexual activity; thus, they will benefit from the additional instructional time and skill-building practice that comes with the additional optional lessons.

Teaching-Learning Goals

  • Students will communicate with parents and other trusted adults about puberty, relationships, and their expectations.
  • Students will examine the influence of genetics, environment, and lifestyle on health and development of the human fetus.
  • Students will review the physical, social, and emotional changes of puberty.
  • Students will discuss the benefits of delaying sexual intercourse and parenthood until adulthood and possibly marriage.
  • Students will improve communication and refusal skills to form respectful peer relationships.

Student Learning Objectives

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LESSON 1: Growing Together

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Recall prior knowledge about puberty.

Core Concepts

  • Compose guidelines for discussions during the puberty lessons.
Core Concepts
  • Develop a plan for improving communication with parents or other trusted adults regarding growing up.
Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 2: Fetal Development

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Explain how heredity and environment impact fetal development.
Analyzing Influences
  • Describe the developmental milestones of a developing fetus.
Core Concepts
  • List factors that increase the likelihood of being able to bear healthy children in the future.
Core Concepts
  • Recommend lifestyle choices that will favorably affect a developing fetus.
Analyzing Influences

LESSON 3: How My Body Works

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Explain the anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems.
Core Concepts
  • Practice communicating with parents and other caring adults about sexual behavior and relationships.
Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 4: Emotions and Relationships

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Explain typical social and emotional changes that occur during puberty.
Core Concepts
  • Analyze the similarities and differences between friendships and romantic relationships.
Core Concepts
  • Compare and contrast the characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships
Core Concepts
  • Describe ways to show affection that demonstrate respect.
Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 5: Relationship Challenges

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Practice ways to demonstrate respect in relationships.
Self Management
  • Identify what to do in disrespectful situations.
Interpersonal Communication
  • Discuss disrespectful behaviors that target gender and sexual orientation.
Core Concepts
  • Describe bullying and cyber bullying and practice appropriate responses to bullying behaviors.
Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 6: Making Responsible Decisions

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Identify reasons some young people might have sexual intercourse and recommend alternatives.
Core Concepts
  • List the risks of having sexual intercourse and reasons to delay sexual intercourse as adolescents.
Core Concepts
  • Identify the benefits of abstaining from sexual intercourse as adolescents.
Core Concepts
  • Advocate for peers to delay sex until adulthood.
Advocacy

LESSON 7: Growing Strong

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Practice peer refusal skills and how to avoid trouble in situations involving sexual risk.
Interpersonal Communication
  • Deduce that parenthood should be reserved for adults who are able to make a life-long commitment to raising a child.
Self Management

Optional Lessons

LESSON 6-A: Building Blocks of Life (Teach following Lesson 6-2)

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Describe prenatal development from a single cell to a complex organism.
Core Concepts
  • Review the anatomy of human body cells and the roles of chromosomes, DNA, and genes as the basic units of heredity.
Core Concepts
  • Compare and contrast human body cells with reproductive cells.
Core Concepts
  • Explain how sex is determined by the X and Y chromosomes received from the egg and sperm cells.
Core Concepts
  • Assess themselves for the presence of inherited traits.
Core Concepts

LESSON 6-B: Dominant or Recessive? Identical or Fraternal? (Teach following Lesson 6-2)

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Explain the difference between dominant and recessive traits.
Core Concepts
  • Draw diagrams that illustrate possible combinations of dominant and recessive traits in offspring.
Core Concepts
  • Compare and contrast identical twins and fraternal twins.
Core Concepts
  • Distinguish between the roles of heredity, environment, and lifestyle on their health by making a personal commitment to a healthy lifestyle choice.

Analyzing Influences

Self Management

LESSON 6-C: Skill Development: Identify Trouble and Refusal (Teach prior to Lesson 6-7)

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Learn and practice the steps for avoiding trouble.
Interpersonal Communication
  • Learn and practice effective refusal skills.
Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 6-D: Preventing Pregnancy and STIs (Teach following Lesson 6-7)

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Describe the potential negative consequences of having sexual intercourse.
Core Concepts
  • Explain ways to eliminate or reduce the risks of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
Self Management
  • Demonstrate ways to locate accurate information and assistance related to sexual behavior and its consequences.
Accessing Information

 

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