Exploring what it means to be Health Literate...
What is an enduring understanding? What are essential questions? What do they mean?
Essential questions help us learn more about the enduring understanding. By exploring and answering the essential questions, we are able to make authentic or real connections to the enduring understanding.
What is our enduring understanding and essential questions for health?
- Health is a complex system with many moving parts and every choice we make impacts our physical, mental and emotional well-being
- What are health benefits from physical activity?
- How do our choices affect our health and safety?
- What skills are needed to create and maintain healthy relationships?
The following health strands will be covered and assessed throughout this unit:
Health Benefits from Physical Activity
Students will understand, experience and appreciate the health related fitness benefits that result from physical activity.
Benchmarks: Functional Fitness, Body Image, Well-Being
Personal Wellness Choices
Students will make responsible and informed choices to maintain health and to promote safety for self and others
Benchmarks: Personal Health, Safety and Responsibility
Students will develop effective interpersonal skills that demonstrate responsibility, respect and caring in order to establish and maintain healthy interactions
Benchmarks: Understanding and Expressing Feelings, Interactions, Group Roles and Processes
Formative Assessments... How will they look like?
Taking an active part in our learning is key to further our understanding of health literacy. Throughout our journey into health, you will document your learning using your blogs and shared Google docs.
- You will create blog posts to document your new understandings
- You will make your thinking visible using Google docs during different learning experiences and for formative assignments
- We will spend time in class synthesizing the information we have learned, making connections to the enduring understanding and essential questions for Health
- Instructions will be provided for how your blog posts should like - be sure to follow the step by step directions carefully!
Summative Assessment... How will we synthesize our understanding at the end of the unit?
Achievement Descriptors and Grades in MS
Grades Reported into Veracross
Student work exceeds the criteria for achievement of the learning goal(s) in original and insightful ways. Work reflects a consistent and thorough understanding of the content, concepts or skills. There is strong evidence of analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation.
Student work demonstrates achievement of the learning goal(s) in original and insightful ways. Work reflects a consistent understanding of the content, concepts or skills. There is clear evidence of analysis, synthesis, and/or evaluation.
Student work demonstrates achievement of the learning goal(s). There are no major errors or omissions regarding any of the content, concepts or skills. There may be some evidence of analysis, synthesis and/or evaluation.
Student work demonstrates a limited achievement of the learning goal(s), This is an area of concern and students who score in this range will have the opportunity to be assessed again.
Well Below Criteria
Student work shows minimal achievement towards the learning goal(s). This is a serious area of concern and students who score in this range will have the opportunity to be assessed again.
Learning Habits Assessment Across Middle School
Learning Habits will be reported separately from academic achievement. This does not diminish the importance of the Learning Habits.
The following learning habits that are aligned to our core values will be measured throughout the year. Students will receive ongoing feedback on the Learning Habits. Teachers should provide feedback on learning habits at least three times during the quarter. Continuous low performance (2 or 1) on learning habits may prevent students from participating in school activities and will be considered in making decisions about promotion and retention of students.
- Inclusive - Demonstrates respect for others and the community and works collaboratively with others.
- Perseverance/Risk taker - Exhibits perseverance when faced with challenges.
- Curious - Exhibits an active learning style which demonstrates a commitment to deepening their understanding.
- Responsible - Demonstrates responsibility by arriving prepared for class with assignments and materials.
The following four point scale will be used to give feedback on learning habits: