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Overview

​​​​​​​​Personal and Community Health is taught in the fifth grade. Fifth-grade students are usually very interested in personal and community health as much of the content applies directly to activities they are currently participating in or experiencing. Students also have a deeper understanding of their greater community, the ways in which environmental health affects human health, and the changes to Earth’s natural systems caused by human activities (CA Environmental Principles and Concepts, Principle I). Teachers a​nd administrators play a major role and responsibility in the promotion of personal, community, and environmental health. 

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Information and Resources

Stop Bullying - HHS

Stopbullying.gov provides information and resources to support parents, school staff, and other adults in the community to help prevent bullying.​

Curriculum and Lessons

Kids Environment Kids Health

Lessons, games, and activites for kids, parents, and teachers related to health, science, and the environment we live in today.

Classroom Activities

  • ​Participate in National Safety Month in June. 
  • Have students reflect and write about community and environmental health factors. 
  • ​Have students research a current topic on environmental health and summarize one way they will incorporate an environmental or positive community health practice into their daily lives. ​

Partnerships

​Partnering with the Family​​

  • ​Contact American Red Cross, American Heart Association, Poison Control Center, Epilepsy California, or emergency medical services to request emergency materials (multi-languages if available) for students to take home and share with their families.​

​​Partnering with your School​​​

  • Encourage y​our school to have a “Responding-to-Emergencies Day” with drills, role-playing life-threatening situations, and demonstrating calling 9-1-1, how to perform CPR, and knowing where the closest automated external defibrillator (AED) is located.
  • When inviting guest speakers, invite all age-appropriate classes to the presentation.

​​Partnering with your Community​​

  • Students collectively create a local ‘resources directory’ identifying which agency to call for the appropriate emergency service or information. Examples, local fire department and emergency medical services, American Red Cross, Poison Control Center, Epilepsy California.​
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