This is the fifth 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:
Analyze the influences (e.g., cultural, social) on perceptions of and personal standards related to body image, and the resulting impact on the identities and the well-being of self, family, and community. a. Identify sources of, and evaluate information about, influences on body image.
b. Discuss stereotypes based on appearances and the importance of not judging self nor others based on appearances.
c. Conclude that there is a wide and acceptable healthy range in body type.
d. Investigate the connections among how we look, how we feel, and how we behave.
e. Illustrate how personal standards influence the kinds of decisions made in relation to personal appearance.
f. Investigate how one’s identify is influenced by own and other’s perceptions related to appearance.
g. Express insights about the influences on perceptions of body image.
h. Propose reasons (including that the cosmetic and diet product industries are assured of growth and profits) why the mass media might portray an “ideal” look that is difficult to achieve and maintain and the impact this has on health and well-being.
i. Critique strategies used by advertisers and others within mass media to influence perceptions about appearance and articulate the related impact on the health (i.e., physical, social, emotional, spiritual) of self, family, and community.
j. Compare the strategies used by the cosmetic and diet industries to those of the tobacco industry.
k. Examine how the health of a community can be affected (both positively and negatively) by people’s perceptions of body image.
l. Examine personal standards related to body image that enhance the health of self, family, and community.