Healthy Living
Grade 7 and 8

Due to the structure of the classes this past year, the following is a blend of Grade 7 and Grade 8 health materials.  If you are teaching a straight 7 or a straight 8, please check the curriculum carefully to ensure it aligns appropriately.

Unit 1 - Making Healthy Choices

  1. What Am I Eating?
  2. Who’s Influencing You? Part 2

​Unit 2 - Making Connections for Healthy Living

  1. Harassment and Resolution Strategies
  2. How to Be Worry-Free
  3. Mental Health Connections
  4. Healthy Bodies
  5. Physical Safety

 

Unit 3 - Making Healthy Choices in Relationships

 

Grade 7 Curriculum

Healthy Living Overview - Grade 7.pptx

Healthy Living Introduction - Grade 7.pptx

In Grade 7, students consider connections between their health and the world around them and learn to use health information to make safe and healthy choices. Students learn about:

  • relationship changes at puberty and the physical, emotional, social, and psychological factors that influence sexual health decisions
  • the importance in a relationship of clear communication about consent and sexual activity and about ways of preventing sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy (e.g., delaying sexual activity)
  • connections between body image and some kinds of substance use (e.g., use of diet pills, steroids)
  • the impacts of bullying, harassment, and behaviours such as sexting; the safe use of technology; and ways of preventing or addressing incidents of bullying and harassment
  • connections between mental health problems and possible issues related to substance use and addictive behaviours (e.g., dependence on technology)
  • ways in which a variety of personal and external factors (e.g., busy schedules, allergies, budgets) affect food choices and eating routines
  • the effects of different foods on health

Grade 8 Curriculum

Healthy Living Overview - Grade 8.pptx

Healthy Living Introduction - Grade 8.pptx

In Grade 8, students consider connections between their health and the world around them and learn to use health information to make safe and healthy choices. Students learn about:

  • factors that affect a person's decisions about sexual activity, including information about delaying sexual activity, setting personal limits, contraception, safer sex, and sources for more information or help
  • the pros and cons of being in a relationship (e.g., support, companionship, emotional stress of a breakup, impacts on friends) and ways of showing caring
  • gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and how they are connected to respect for themselves and others
  • the impact of violent and other harmful behaviours, and what to do to prevent or respond to them (e.g., access help lines, student support services)
  • the warning signs and consequences of substance use and related behaviours (e.g., gambling addiction)
  • the impact of stress, strategies to relieve stress, and ways to care for their mental health (e.g., by being physically active)
  • ways of protecting themselves and of recognizing and avoiding potentially dangerous situations
  • healthy eating and the need to consider factors such as food ingredients and nutrients, preparation methods, and serving sizes when choosing what to eat and promoting healthy eating