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Current Events Program Goals and Objectives
Grade Level 8

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

Grade Level: 8

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 8.P.2

Explain the environmental implications associated with the various methods of obtaining, managing, and using energy resources.

Clarifying Objectives
8.P.2.1 Explain the environmental consequences of the various methods of obtaining, transforming and distributing energy.

8.P.2.2 Explain the implications of the depletion of renewable and nonrenewable energy resources and the importance of conservation.

Essential Standard 8.E.1 Understand the hydrosphere and the impact of humans on local systems and the effects of the hydrosphere on humans.

Clarifying Objectives

8.E.1.1 Explain the structure of the hydrosphere including: • Water distribution on earth • Local river basins and water availability

8.E.1.2 Summarize evidence that Earth's oceans are a reservoir of nutrients, minerals, dissolved gases, and life forms: • Estuaries • Marine ecosystems • Upwelling • Behavior of gases in the marine environment • Value and sustainability of marine resources • Deep ocean technology and understandings gained

8.E.1.3 Predict the safety and potability of water supplies in North Carolina based on physical and biological factors, including: • Temperature • Dissolved oxygen • pH • Nitrates and phosphates • Turbidity • Bio-indicators

8.E.1.4 Conclude that the good health of humans requires: • Monitoring of the hydrosphere • Water quality standards • Methods of water treatment • Maintaining safe water quality • Stewardship

Health Education

Essential Standard 8.MEH.1

Create positive stress management strategies.

Clarifying Objectives

8.MEH.1.1 Evaluate stress management strategies based on personal experience.

8.MEH.1.2 Design a plan to prevent stressors or manage the effects of stress.

8.MEH.1.3 Design effective methods to deal with anxiety.

Essential Standard 8.MEH.2

Evaluate how structured thinking (decision making, problem solving, goal setting) benefits emotional well-being.

Clarifying Objectives

8.MEH.2.1 Evaluate the uses of defense mechanisms in terms of whether they are healthy or unhealthy.

8.MEH.2.2 Critique personal use of structured thinking to enhance emotional well-being (based on appropriateness, effectiveness, and consistency).

Essential Standard 8.PCH.3

Analyze measures necessary to protect the environment.

Clarifying Objectives

8.PCH.3.1 Outline the potential health consequences of global environmental problems.

8.PCH.3.2 Explain the impact of personal behaviors on the environment, both positively and negatively.

Essential Standard 8.ICR.1

Understand healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships.

Clarifying Objectives

8.ICR.1.1 Contrast characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships for friendships and for dating.

8.ICR.1.2 Identify the reasons that people engage in violent behaviors (bullying, hazing, dating violence, sexual assault, family violence, verbal abuse) and resources for seeking help.

8.ICR.1.3 Explain the effects of tolerance and intolerance on individuals and society.

8.ICR.1.4 Illustrate communication skills that build and maintain healthy relationships.

8.ICR.1.5 Use decision-making strategies appropriate for responding to unknown people via the Internet, telephone, and face-to-face.

8.ICR.1.6 Recognize resources that can be used to deal with unhealthy relationships.

Essential Standard 8.MS.1

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

Clarifying Objectives

PE.8.MS.1.1 Execute proficiently some complex combinations of movements specific to game, sport, or physical activity settings in at least two of the following activities or compositions: aquatics, team sports, individual sports, dual sports, outdoor pursuits, self-defense, dance, or gymnastics.

PE.8.MS.1.2 Analyze fundamental motor skills and specialized skills that contribute to movement proficiency in small-sided game situations.

PE.8.MS.1.3 Apply basic strategies and tactics that contribute to successful participation.

Essential Standard 8.HF.3

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

Essential Standard 8.MC.2

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

Clarifying Objectives

PE.8.MC.2.3 Integrate strategies and tactics within game play.

PE.8.MC.2.4 Generate complex movement concepts that can be used to refine learned skills and to acquire new advanced skills.

Essential Standard 8.PR.4

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

Clarifying Objectives

PE.8.PR.4.1 Analyze a variety of settings and situations to determine appropriate safety, ethics, and the form of social interaction.

PE.8.PR.4.2 Exemplify well-developed cooperation skills to accomplish group goals in both cooperative and competitive situations.

PE.8.PR.4.3 Compare factors in different cultures that influence the choice of physical activity and nutrition.


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