This is the 4th unit for Grade 6 Health Education based on the Saskatchewan curriculum. It is not intended to be the ultimate in lesson planning for Health classes. Although it can be used as is, the intention is to help teachers to have a jumping off point from which they can extend the lesson plans presented to meet the needs of their students.
The outcomes and indicators covered in this unit are:
Assess and demonstrate strategies used to identify and make healthy decisions in stressful situations.
Identify sources of, and evaluate information related to, anxiety and stress.
Inventory the kinds of situations that may create anxiety for grade 6 students (e.g., family break-up, moving, getting/unable to afford braces/glasses, public speaking, body image, academic pressure, foster care, death, economic status).
Analyze physical, mental, and emotional responses (both positive and negative) to stress (e.g., heightened alertness, motivation, ‘fight or flight’, illness, withdrawal, difficulty concentrating, difficulty eating and/or sleeping).
Examine stressors for which one can plan and/or over which one has control.
Interview people of various ages and cultures in the community to determine and evaluate common ways of managing stress (e.g., physical activity, dancing, deep breathing, self-talk, smudging, meditation, listening to music).
Propose healthy (e.g., exercise, sleep, self-talk, deep breathing, communicating) and unhealthy ways (e.g., substance abuse, aggression, withdrawal) of managing stress and compare related short-term and long-term consequences (i.e., physical, mental, emotional, spiritual).
Practice healthy ways of adjusting/responding to stress.
Determine when anxiety is “normal” and when professional help may be required.
Comprehend that stress can be healthy or unhealthy; it is how one responds to/manages stress that affects health.
Examine how stress may influence (both positively and negatively) personal standards and decisions.