Growth and Development Education
7th & 8th Grade
Standard 1: Essential Concepts
Describe the human cycle of reproduction, birth, growth, aging, and death.
Explain the structure, function, and major parts of the human reproductive system.
Explain physical, social, and emotional changes associated with adolescence.
Summarize the human reproduction cycle.
Identify the short- and long-term effects of HIV, AIDS, and other STDs.
Explain why individuals have the right to refuse sexual contact.
Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
Analyze how internal and external influences affect growth and development, relationships, and
Evaluate how culture, media, and other people influence our perceptions of body image, gender
roles, sexuality, attractiveness, relationships, and sexual orientation.
Analyze the influence of alcohol and other drugs on sexual behaviors.
Describe situations that could lead to pressure for sexual activity and to the risk of contracting HIV and other STDs.
Standard 3: Accessing Valid Information
Identify trusted adults in one’s family, school, community for advice and counseling regarding
reproductive and sexual health.
Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
Practice effective communication skills with parents, guardians, health care providers, or other
trusted adults by discussing issues related to reproductive and sexual health.
Use effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to prevent sexual involvement.
Use healthy and respectful ways to express friendship, attraction, and affection.
Analyze the benefits of respecting individual differences in growth and development, physical
appearance, gender roles, and sexual orientation.
Demonstrate how to ask for help from parents, other trusted adults, or friends when pressured to participate in sexual behavior.
Standard 5: Decision Making
Analyze why abstinence is the most effective method for the prevention of HIV, STDs and
Use a decision-making process to evaluate individual differences in growth and development,
physical appearance, gender roles, and sexual orientation.
Analyze the responsibilities and privileges of becoming a young adult.
Explain the immediate physical, social and emotional risks and consequences associated with
Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
Describe strategies for refusing unwanted sexual activity.
Describe personal actions that can protect reproductive and sexual health.
Standard 8: Health Promotion
Support and encourage safe, respectful safe, respectful, and responsible relationships.