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Health Instructional Guide

Grades 3-5

The Lyme School Health Education curriculum is offered formally to students in grades three to five once a week.

Course materials and activities are aligned with national standards and offered with the intention that students learn the importance of making good decisions about their personal health. A holistic approach to learning the material allows students to begin and ultimately maintain a healthy, productive life. The health curriculum emphasizes the Lyme School core principles and engages students in active learning, allowing them to make connections that will help them gain perspective on the relevance of general health and how it relates to and impacts one, both locally and globally.

In grades three and four, the structure of function of the human body is the general focus of the health curriculum and students learn:

  • the body systems (circulatory, immune, muscular, skeletal)
  • the five senses and how to interpret our world through those senses
  • best practices and choices for good nutrition
  • physical fitness

In grade five, overall wellness and the growing and changing body are the focal points of health education. The Lyme School “Adolescent Issues” curriculum is introduced to fifth graders and is specific to the changes that occur physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally in preteens, or “tweens.” Fifth graders learn:

  • The tasks of adolescents
  • The six components of wellness
  • The male and female reproductive systems
  • Hormonal changes that occur in boys and girls
  • Personal safety (includes internet safety)
  • Brain differences in boys and girls
  • To identify relational bullying
  • How to form healthy relationships
  • Self esteem and self image
  • Identity formation
  • Substances that pose use and abuse dangers

Grades 6-8

The Lyme School Health Education curriculum is offered formally to students in grades six to eight once a week.

Aligned with National Standards, course materials and relevant activities are offered with the intention that students will learn the importance of making good decisions about their personal health. A holistic approach to learning is presented to allow students to begin and ultimately maintain a healthy, productive life. To coincide with the Lyme School Principles, the health curriculum is meant to engage students in active learning and make connections that will help them gain perspective on the relevance of general health and how it is related to and impacts one, both locally and globally.

The core of the 6th to 8th grade health education curriculum is “Adolescent Issues.” The curriculum is tailored to the appropriate grade level and, over the three years, covers the following:

  • Nutritional needs of the adolescent
  • Prevention of sport injuries
  • The adolescent brain
  • Physical, emotional, and intellectual changes
  • Menstruation and fertilization
  • Building and maintaining healthy relationships with others
  • Teenage depression
  • Self-image and identity
  • Sexual identity
  • Preventing unwanted pregnancy and STIs
  • The different types and forms of love
  • Death, grief, and loss
  • Substance use and abuse/addiction and treatment
  • Spectrum of sexual behavior from least to most affirming
  • Awareness of and prevention of unwanted sexual activity