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Current Events Program Goals and Objectives
Grade Level 7

About the Current Events Program
The Current Events Program teaches students about the dangers of the loss of biodiversity to human health and gives them a chance to learn about population growth, climate change, air and water quality, waste disposal and energy consumption in fun and engaging ways. We want students to understand that everything they throw away goes somewhere and that every action they take affects something else. We want them to know what they can do to conserve our environment, and in doing so, our way of life. But most importantly, after learning about the threats to our global environment, we want students to feel empowered, not afraid. Because of the complex and scientific nature of this program, we are offering these classes only to groups of students 6th grade and older.

Main Curriculum Area: Science
Other Curriculum Area: Health Education

Primary Goals and Objectives:
These objectives will be covered during all Current Events Program classes. Some objectives are more specific to one habitat than another, so if your schedule does not allow you to take all offered classes, or if there are particular objectives that you want to make sure we cover, please let us know what your specific needs are.

Essential Standard 7.E.1

Understand how the cycling of matter (water and gases) in and out of the atmosphere relates to Earth's atmosphere, weather and climate and the effects of the atmosphere on humans.

Clarifying Objectives
7.E.1.2 Explain how the cycling of water in and out of the atmosphere and atmospheric conditions relate to the weather patterns on Earth.

7.E.1.5 Explain the influence of convection, global winds and the jet stream on weather and climatic conditions.

Essential Standard 7.G.1 Understand how geography, demographic trends, and environmental conditions shape modern societies and regions.

Clarifying Objectives

7.G.1.3 Explain how natural disasters (e.g. flooding, earthquakes, monsoons and tsunamis), preservation efforts and human modification of the environment (e.g. recycling, planting trees, deforestation, pollution, irrigation systems and climate change) affect modern societies and regions.
Health Education

Essential Standard 7.MEH.1

Analyze the relationship between healthy expression of emotions, mental health, and healthy behavior.

Clarifying Objectives

7.MEH.1.2 Infer the potential outcome from impulsive behaviors.

7.MEH.1.3 Organize resources (family, school, community) for mental and emotional health problems.

Essential Standard 7.MEH.2

Evaluate positive stress management strategies.

Clarifying Objectives

7.MEH.2.1 Critique a variety of stress management techniques.

7.MEH.2.2 Design a stress management plan that is appropriate for the situation and individual traits and skills.

Essential Standard 7.MS.1

Apply competent motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Clarifying Objectives

PE.7.MS.1.1 Execute complex combinations of movements specific to game, sport, or physical activity settings in at least one of the following activities or compositions: aquatics, team sports, individual sports, dual sports, outdoor pursuits, self-defense, dance, or gymnastics.

PE.7.MS.1.2 Illustrate fundamental motor skills and complex skills that contribute to movement proficiency in small-sided game situations.

Essential Standard 7.ICR.1

Understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships.

Clarifying Objectives

7.ICR.1.1 Contrast characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships.

7.ICR.1.2 Predict short-term and long-term consequences of violence to perpetrators, victims, and bystanders.

7.ICR.1.3 Illustrate strategies that can be used to manage anger in healthy and non-hurtful ways.

7.ICR.1.5 Explain why tolerance is beneficial in a society characterized by diversity.

7.ICR.1.6 Illustrate the appropriate role of bystanders in preventing and stopping bullying and violence.

Essential Standard 7.MC.2

Understand concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics that apply to the learning and performance of movement.

Clarifying Objectives

PE.7.MC.2.2 Contrast information from a variety of sources, both internal and external, in terms of their relevance to guiding, improving, and modifying performance.

PE.7.MC.2.3 Apply game strategies and tactics at appropriate times and in appropriate ways.

Essential Standard 7.HF.3

Understand the importance of achieving and maintaining a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

Essential Standard 7.PR.4

Use behavioral strategies that are responsible and enhance respect of self and others and value activity.

Clarifying Objectives

PE.7.PR.4.1 Contrast between appropriate and inappropriate strategies to seek greater independence from adults when completing assigned tasks.

PE.7.PR.4.2 Contrast between appropriate and inappropriate strategies for communicating ideas and feelings.

PE.7.PR.4.3 Understand the role of diversity in physical activity, respecting limitations and strengths of members of a variety of groups.

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