Grade 8 Health and Physical Education

In Grade 8 Health and Physical Education, our students will learn to create and modify fitness plans while they learn the difference between health training and skill training. Students will hone advanced skills and strategies in dance and various games, including golf and track and field. They will develop a thorough understanding of the warning signs and risks of substance abuse. An understanding of human development will be consolidated as they learn about gender identity and expression, abstinence and contraception, and healthy relationships. Students will also learn techniques to build positive mental health, and how to combat mental health stigma. This course is designed to be 50-75 instructional hours.

Curriculum Information: Health and Physical Education (2019)

Developed by: D2L

Development Date: 2021

Please note that elementary courses do not have prerequisites, and Ontario schools do not issue transcript credits at the elementary level. All courses are available in the facilitated and independent pathways.



Personal and Physical Safety

In the Personal and Physical Safety unit, students will learn about how to keep themselves safe in a variety of situations. They will explore procedures designed to keep themselves safe, signs and symptoms of common injuries and illnesses, and protocols to follow in the event of an emergency. They will also develop skills to assess personal, social, and community situations and determine their safety for themselves and others. Further, students will discuss different types of violence that people experience and supports that have been put in place to help these individuals.

Physical Health and Fitness

In the Physical Health and Fitness unit, students will explore their own personal fitness, including their level of flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and cardiorespiratory endurance. These tests will help them to identify areas where they can improve their fitness, and they will learn how to develop and adapt a fitness plan to do so. Additionally, students will build an understanding of health-related fitness and skill-related fitness and participate in activities designed to improve both of these elements.

Activities and Games

In the Activities and Games unit, students will participate in a variety of individual and group activities. They will learn about and apply different skills and strategies to each type of game—from track and field, golf, and dance to wall ball, baseball, and soccer. Further, students will explore how these skills and strategies can be transferable from one type of activity to another. This will help them to apply their strengths in an activity they enjoy to another that they may find more difficult.

Healthy Eating, Substance Use, and Related Behaviours

In the Healthy Eating, Substance Use, and Related Behaviours unit, students will learn about the risks of using substances such as cannabis and alcohol, as well as the danger of addiction to these substances and other behaviours like technology use. They will explore how they can make healthy decisions about substance use and eating, and participate in a self-evaluation of their current eating habits. This will help them to identify areas where they may be able to improve. Finally, students will explore how they can promote healthy eating habits at home and in their community to support their own well-being as well as that of others.

Human Development and Mental Health

In the Human Development and Mental Health unit, students will discuss the concepts of gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and identify ways that they can develop a positive self-concept. They will learn about intimacy and relationships, as well as important decisions that they will have to make in relationships including topics such as abstinence, contraception, and consent. They will explore factors that may contribute to their choice to participate or refrain from sexual activity, as well as risks involved. Additionally, they will describe healthy habits that support their mental health and practice ways to combat stigma surrounding mental health.

This course is entirely online and does not require nor rely on any textbook. Students will require the following resources:

  • A scanner, smartphone camera, or similar device to digitize handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A device to record audio
  • A printer
  • A physical binder, folder, or notebook for offline activities
  • Various household items to complete offline activities
  • Pen/pencil, proper clothing and footwear for physical activity, a mat, rug, or carpeted area, skipping rope, music, laundry basket, rolled up socks, sticky note, light projectiles (paper balls, ping pong balls, etc.), markers that can be stepped on (blankets, towels, cardboard, etc.), cleaning supplies (e.g., broom, mop, vacuum, etc.), short ledge that can support their weight (e.g., couch), timer, deck of cards, chairs, step or set of stairs, medium-sized ball, large ball, tennis balls, ruler or tape measure, a wall, bandanas/tissues, plastic disc (frisbee), tennis racquet and ball, chalk, tape, string, hockey stick/golf club

Through a balance of problem-solving and direct instruction, students develop a strong foundation of health and physical education processes, knowledge, and skills to apply in real-world contexts. The course utilizes a combination of technology and offline activities, providing opportunities to develop an understanding of skills and concepts in interactive and concrete ways and engage multiple learning styles. The lessons feature a variety of intriguing storylines, characters, videos, storybooks, and interactive games to reinforce students’ learning. These activities also build a foundation of health and physical education-related terms that students will use throughout the elementary grades.

The course relies on the assistance of a teacher to support young students through the content. The teacher will be involved in facilitating the course content, and participating in discussion-based activities to assist students in developing communication skills.

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