South Carolina Learning Standards for Health and Safety Education — Grade 8


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D-8.1.1

Discuss the reasons that individuals use and abuse ATOD.

D-8.1.2

Examine the short- and long-term effects and consequences of ATOD use, including the impact on society.

D-8.1.3

Identify ways to access laws relating to ATOD use, possession, and sales

D-8.2.1

Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, and the media on an individuals ATOD use.

D-8.5.1

Analyze ways that a persons decisions about ATOD affect his or her family and peers as well as society.

D-8.5.2

Explain when and how to ask for assistance in dealing with ATOD abuse in his or her family.

D-8.8.1

Demonstrate ways to advocate to others to use positive alternatives to ATOD use.

G-8.1.1

Explain how roles, rules, and responsibilities of the members in a family change over time (for example, parental responsibilities regarding a teenager as opposed to an infant).

G-8.1.2

Compare and contrast the structures and functions of the male and female reproductive systems.

G-8.1.3

Discuss health issues that are specifically related to the reproductive systems.

G-8.1.4

Discuss the advantages of abstinence.

G-8.1.5

Describe signs and symptoms of STIs/STDs, HIV, and AIDS

G-8.1.6

Describe effective treatments for STIs/STDs, HIV, and AIDS.

G-8.1.7

Explain effective methods for the prevention of STIs/STDs, HIV, and unintended pregnancy.

G-8.1.8

Describe the signs and symptoms of pregnancy.

G-8.1.9

Discuss South Carolina laws relating to the sexual conduct of minors, including criminal sexual conduct.

G-8.2.1

Explain ways that culture and the media influence families and relationships.

G-8.2.2

Explain ways that the media influences an individuals body image.

G-8.2.3

Discuss the influence of family, peers, culture, and the media on personal decisions about sexuality and behavior.

G-8.3.1

Evaluate the availability of valid information and community resources related to reproductive health and STIs/STDs.

G-8.3.2

Access valid information and resources related to dating violence, sexual harassment, and sexual abuse.

G-8.4.1

Discuss effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills for healthy parent, family, and peer relationships.

G-8.4.2

Utilize communication and refusal skills to promote sexual abstinence and to avoid risk behaviors.

G-8.4.3

Compare and contrast ways to communicate with parents, family members, and other trustworthy adults (for example, health care providers, school nurses, guidance counselors) about reproductive health and responsible behaviors.

G-8.5.1

Apply a decision-making process to promote abstinence and to avoid risk behaviors, including the use of the Internet.

G-8.6.1

Set a personal goal to protect him- or herself from STIs/STDs, HIV, and AIDS.

G-8.6.2

Set a personal goal to prevent pregnancy.

G-8.7.1

Develop strategies for dealing with harmful behaviors, including dating violence, in his or her relationships.

G-8.7.2

Discuss the appropriate steps a person should take if he or she becomes the victim of dating violence, sexual harassment, or assault.

I-8.1.1

Identify ways to reduce risk of unintentional and intentional injuries in the home, school, and community.

I-8.1.2

Discuss the impact of gang activity on individuals, peers, family, school, and community.

I-8.2.1

Analyze the effect of gangs on personal safety in his or her community.

I-8.4.1

Apply refusal and negotiation skills to reduce the risk of injury and promote personal safety.

I-8.5.1

Apply a decision-making process to deal with situations involving personal safety and risk, including the use of the Internet.

I-8.7.1

Demonstrate behaviors and strategies to manage conflict in healthy ways.

I-8.7.2

Analyze ways to avoid or reduce threatening situations.

I-8.7.3

Implement protective strategies to reduce the risk of violence in his or her home, school, and community.

M-8.1.1

Examine factors that contribute to a positive self-concept

M-8.1.2

Discuss the interrelationship among mental, emotional, social, and physical health during adolescence.

M-8.1.3

Describe the characteristics of resiliency.

M-8.2.1

Examine how family, peers, and the media influence the mental, emotional, and social health of adolescents.

M-8.3.1

Locate valid health information, products, and services.

M-8.6.1

Implement a stress-management plan.

M-8.7.1

Implement strategies to maintain or improve his or her mental, emotional, and social health.

M-8.7.2

Discuss coping strategies to increase his or her resiliency.

N-8.1.1

Examine the benefits of following the federal dietary guidelines.

N-8.1.2

Discuss ways that disordered eating impacts an individuals health, including his or her oral health.

N-8.1.3

Compare and contrast the mental, social and physical benefits of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

N-8.2.1

Describe ways that personal economics and geographic location influence food choices and availability

N-8.2.2

Discuss the influence of the environment on a persons physical activity.

N-8.4.1

Explain to others the importance of variety and moderation in food selection and consumption.

N-8.6.1

Set a personal goal to achieve a healthy diet, monitor the progress of that goal, and make the necessary adjustments to reach it.

N-8.6.2

Develop and implement a plan to increase his or her physical activity.

N-8.6.3

Develop and implement a personal dietary plan that benefits his or her oral health as well as overall health.

N-8.7.1

Discuss the importance of assuming personal responsibility for healthy eating and physical activity

P-8.1.1

Explain the components of a personal wellness program.

P-8.1.2

Discuss how heredity, lifestyle, behaviors, environment, and medical care influence an individuals health.

P-8.2.1

Discuss the ways that social norms influence healthy and unhealthy decisions and behaviors.

P-8.7.1

Explain behaviors that may lead to the spread of communicable diseases (for example, common cold, flu).

P-8.7.2

List actions to include in a dental health plan.

P-8.8.1

Demonstrate ways to encourage others to avoid risk-taking behaviors.

P-8.8.2

Demonstrate ways to advocate for a healthy environment.