Human Growth and Development

Welcome to 8th grade Human Growth and Development!

Your child will have Human Growth and Development for one quarter as part of the Unified Arts rotation.  During this course, they will be given the factual information to be able to make healthy decisions as they transition into adulthood.  


Homework assignments will count for 10% of the final grade
Multiple Formative classroom assessments
Summative classroom assessments


I. Human Life Cycle

Time Line of Human Growth and Development

Puberty & Adolescence

Maturation process

Human Reproductive Systems


II. Childbirth


Prenatal Growth and Development



III. Self Control and Abstinence


Strategies for Handling Peer/Sexual Pressure 

Reasons for Delaying Sexual Intimacy - including religious, social and legal

IV. Prevention of Pregnancy/Sexually Transmitted Infections

Self Control and Responsible Behavior

Sexual Abstinence

Birth Control Methods



V. Parenting


Parenting Alternatives - marriage, single parenting, adoption, (induced) abortion, and safe haven law

Consequences of Teenage Pregnancy - emotional, physical, legal, economic, social, etc.


VI. Self Concepts and Interpersonal Relationships

Dating relationships (healthy vs. unhealthy)

Dating Pressures


Technology usage/abuse

Relationship Abuse (early warning signs)

LGBTQ Terminology


VII. Sexually Transmitted Infections (S.T.I.s)

Sexual Orientation - definition of terms: celibacy, heterosexual, monogamous, fidelity, homosexual, bisexual

Common S.T.I.'s - chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes simplex II (H.S.V.), human papilloma virus (H.P.V.), syphilis, etc.

Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (H.I.V./A.I.D.S.)