Full STEAM Ahead towards 5th/6th Science
My name is Mrs. Jenny Croitoru and I will be your child’s science teacher this year. I would like to welcome you and your child to the start of the new school year. We are going to have a busy and productive year, filled with exciting learning activities and quarterly projects. Attached are some papers you should read with your child. First are science supplies, discipline & tardy regulations, assessment, and grading policy. The second is a classroom syllabus which outlines the course content. Also attached is a list of laboratory safety rules, followed by a “Laboratory Safety Contract” which must be signed by both student and parent.
Lesson 1: Puberty – Students learn about the physical, social, and emotional changes of puberty, including changes specific to male and female bodies.
Lesson 2: Adolescent Health and Hygiene – Students learn proper hygiene practices to keep their growing bodies healthy.
Lesson 3: Self-esteem and Body Image – Students explore the influence of media and social culture on their changing body image.
Lesson 4: Human Reproduction – Students are introduced to concepts in human reproduction and explore how puberty prepares the body for reproduction.
Lesson 5: Abstinence and Contraceptives – Abstinence is stressed as a developmentally appropriate sexual practice. Hormonal and barrier method contraceptives are introduced as ways to prevent pregnancy and STIs.
Lesson 6: HIV/AIDS – HIV is defined as a sexually transmitted disease, and students learn ways to protect themselves from transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Abstinence is stressed as developmentally appropriate sexual behavior.
Lesson 7: Gender and Identity – Students learn the difference between sex and gender and brainstorm ways to show respect to different ways of gender expression.
Lesson 8: Personal Safety and Abuse – Students identify behaviors of sexual abuse and harassment and learn techniques for protecting themselves against sexual abuse and harassment.
Lesson 9: Identifying Resources and Review – Students review key concepts from the unit and identify resources of medically-accurate information on puberty, human reproduction, and personal safety.
Lesson 1: Human Anatomy and Reproduction – Students describe male and female sexual and reproductive systems, including body parts and their functions. Students define sexual intercourse and its relationship to human reproduction.
Lesson 2: Pregnancy and Birth – Students identify signs and symptoms of pregnancy and learn prenatal practices that contribute to a healthy pregnancy.
Lesson 3: Exploring Abstinence – Students will identify abstinence as the only 100% effective method of protecting against unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Student will develop and communicate a plan for practicing abstinence.
Lesson 4: Contraceptives – Students will learn the benefits, risks, and effectiveness rates of various types of contraceptive methods, including abstinence, condoms, hormonal methods, and emergency contraceptives.
Lesson 5: STIs and HIV Prevention – Students will learn medically-accurate information about STIs and HIV. Students will develop a plan to reduce their risk for STIs and HIV.
Lesson 6: Decision Making – Students apply a decision making model to adolescent and sexual health scenarios.
Lesson 7: Delay Tactics and Refusal Skills – Students practice communicating effectively about their sexual health decisions.
Lesson 8: Sexual Health Resources – Students identify medically-accurate sources of information about sexual health, STIs, and HIV.