3rd Grade Health Standards

Growth and Development
Standard 1: Essential Concepts
1.1.G    Describe the cycle of birth, growth, aging, and death in living things.
1.2.G    Recognize that there are individual differences in growth and development.
1.3.G    Identify major internal and external body parts and their functions.

Standard 2: Analyzing Influences

2.1.G    Explain how individual behaviors and one’s family and school influence growth and development.

Standard 3: Accessing Valid Information
3.1.G    Identify parents, guardians, and trusted adults with whom one can discuss the cycle of birth, growth, aging, and death in living things.

Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
4.1.G    Demonstrate how to communicate with parents, guardians, and trusted adults about growth and development.
4.2.G    Identify how to show respect for individual differences.

Standard 5: Decision Making
5.1.G    Examine why a variety of behaviors promote healthy growth and development.

Standard 6: Goal Setting
    (Skills for this content area are not identified until grade five.)

Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
7.1.G    Determine behaviors that promote healthy growth and development.

Standard 8: Health Promotion
8.1.G    Encourage peers to show respect for others regardless of differences in growth and development.

Mental, Emotional, and Social Health
Standard 1: Essential Concepts
1.1.M    Describe examples of healthy social behaviors (e.g., helping others, being respectful of others, cooperation, consideration).
1.2.M    Describe the importance of assuming responsibility within the family and community.
1.3.M    Explain the benefits of having positive relationships with family and friends.
1.4.M    Discuss the importance of setting (and ways to set) personal boundaries for privacy, safety, and expression of emotions.

Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
2.1.M    Describe internal and external factors that affect friendships and family relationships.

Standard 3: Accessing Valid Information
3.1.M    Access trusted adults at home, at school, and in the community who can help with mental, emotional, and social health concerns.

Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
4.1.M    Demonstrate how to communicate directly, respectfully, and assertively regarding personal boundaries.

Standard 5: Decision Making
5.1.M    Describe effective strategies to cope with changes within the family.
5.2.M    Evaluate situations in which a trusted adult should be asked for help.

Standard 6: Goal Setting
6.1.M    Make a plan to help at home and show responsibility as a family member.

Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
7.1.M    Evaluate effective strategies to cope with fear, stress, anger, loss, and grief in oneself and others.

Standard 8: Health Promotion
8.1.M    Promote a positive and respectful school environment.
8.2.M    Object appropriately to teasing of peers and family members that is based on personal characteristics.
8.3.M    Demonstrate the ability to support and respect people with differences.

Personal and Community Health
Standard 1: Essential Concepts
1.1.P    Examine the difference between communicable and non-communicable diseases.
1.2.P    Describe how bacteria and viruses affect the body.
1.3.P    Identify positive health practices that reduce illness and disease.
1.4.P    Identify life-threatening conditions (e.g., heart attacks, asthma attacks, poisoning).
1.5.P    Describe how a healthy environment is essential to personal and community health.
1.6.P    Discuss how reducing, recycling, and reusing products make for a healthier environment.

Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
2.1.P    Identify how culture, family, friends, and media influence positive health practices.

Standard 3: Accessing Valid Information

3.1.P    Recognize individuals who can assist with health-related issues and potentially life-threatening health conditions (e.g., asthma episodes or seizures).
3.2.P    Describe how to access help when feeling threatened.

Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication

4.1.P    Demonstrate refusal skills to avoid the spread of disease.

Standard 5: Decision Making
5.1.P    Use a decision-making process to reduce the risk of communicable disease or illness.

Standard 6: Goal Setting
6.1.P    Set a short-term goal for positive health practices.

Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
7.1.P    Evaluate ways to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases.
7.2.P    Demonstrate ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home, at school, and in the community.

Standard 8: Health Promotion
8.1.P    Support others in making positive health choices.
8.2.P    Encourage others to promote a healthy environment.