Illinois Learning Standards
Stage E - Health
Students who meet the standard can explain the basic principles of health promotion, illness prevention, and safety.
- Discuss procedures to be followed if fire is suspected.
- Apply safety precautions and basic first aid to injuries
(cuts, scrapes, poisons).
- Explain the importance of regular health screenings (eye,
- Name items checked by physicians during regular health
- State signs and symptoms of illnesses (e.g., measles,
mumps, chicken pox).
- Discuss the benefits of early detection and treatment
- Recognize that some diseases can be controlled more easily
- Discuss behaviors that may be considered abusive.
- Know what to do if abusive behavior is suspected or discovered.
- Explain the importance of vaccinations.
Students who meet the standard can describe and explain the factors that influence health among individuals, groups, and communities.
- Discuss the components of a decision-making process.
- Cite examples of how the media portrays situations showing
self-diagnosis and self-medication.
- Tell others how they influence other people's health choices/behaviors.
- Recall positive health behaviors, choices, and skills.
- Give examples of health-related advertisements.
- Describe how the media influences health-related behaviors,
choices, and skills.
- Discuss ways to make the school and community safer places.
Students who meet the standard can explain how the environment can affect health.
- Discuss methods used by schools, communities, and individuals
to dispose of waste.
- Explain how depletion of the ozone layer can affect health.
- Explain the possible effects of noise pollution on health.
- Compare healthy environments and healthy people to unhealthy
environments and unhealthy people.
- Discuss how temperatures affect health.
- Analyze hazards associated with the prolonged exposure
to the sun (ultra-violet rays).
- Analyze the cleanliness of the water in one's environment.
- Discover water purification systems used in communities,
at home, and at school.
- Recognize possible sources of pollution in specific environments
(your home, your school, your community).
Students who meet the standard can describe and explain the structure and functions of the human body systems and how they interrelate.
- Explain what muscles do for the body.
- Identify what gives the body its size and shape.
- Recognize the parts of the digestive system.
- Label the parts of the respiratory system.
- Identify the parts of the circulatory system.
- Know the parts of the nervous system.
- Explain the basic functions of the nervous system.
- Describe the basic functions of the digestive system.
- Describe the basic functions of the circulatory system.
- Explain the basic functions of the respiratory system.
Students who meet the standard can explain the effects of health related actions on the body systems.
- List the effects of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco on the
- Explain the relationship between diet and exercise to
- Recognize the positive effects of physical activity on
the body's systems.
- Recognize the negative effects of physical activity on
the body's systems.
- Define the word 'calorie'.
- List foods that have high caloric content.
- Classify foods into groups based on their major nutrient
- List choices that have a positive influence on health.
- List choices that have a negative influence on health.
Students who meet the standard can describe factors that affect growth and development.
- Describe the effects of drug use (caffeine, nicotine,
alcohol, and other drugs) on growth and development of the
- Recognize personal health behaviors and/or choices that
reduce risks of health problems.
- Demonstrate interpersonal behaviors that can help people
feel comfortable with one another.
- Identify risk-taking behaviors.
- Understand how proper amounts of rest, work, sleep, exercise/activity/play,
and nutrition promote physical, mental, and social well-being.
- Define the word 'puberty'.
- Identify changes associated with puberty.
- Identify characteristics of puberty and the effects of
these changes on physical, mental, and social development.
- List factors that contribute to positive self-esteem.
- Identify ways of knowing how much sugar, fats, sodium,
and fiber one consumes.
- Recognize reliable sources of food and dietary information.
- Develop the ability to formulate new friendships.
- Explain how and which hereditary traits are passed on
from parent to child.
Students who meet the standard can demonstrate procedures for communicating in positive ways, resolving differences, and preventing conflict.
- Explain how to build and maintain healthy relationships.
- Identify common causes of conflict among peers and parents.
- Describe negotiating, mediation, and consensus building
- Simulate ways to settle disagreements among peers and
- Predict your emotional responses in different situations.
- Analyze possible consequences of conflict.
- Apply positive communication skills to avoid conflict.
- Simulate situations where bullying occurs.
- Discuss consequences of bullying.
- Relate how positive and negative communication affects
- Identify acceptable methods of asserting yourself in peer
- Express acceptable methods of asserting yourself in peer
- Describe and give examples of how media influences choices
Students who meet the standard can apply decision-making skills related to the promotion and protection of individual health.
- List ways cleanliness affects personal hygiene/health.
- Describe key components of a decision making process.
- Give examples where and when a decision-making process
can be used.
- Differentiate between rights and responsibilities.
- Identify options available to solve a problem or make
- Analyze consequences for poor health choices.
- Select a health problem and give examples of choices and
Students who meet the standard can demonstrate skills essential to enhancing health and avoiding dangerous situations.
- Recognize situations that can cause children to feel uncomfortable.
- Identify places to avoid because of potential danger.
- Identify safe places and activities.
- Identify characteristics of peer pressure.
- Practice using refusal skills.
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