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Health and Maturation
What is in Utah's elementary curriculum regarding health education?
Utah's elementary curriculum for health education spans from grade 3 to grade 6. Over the course of these three years students learn about:
- managing stress and setting goals
- dangers of drugs and alcohol, and how to refuse when offered
- development of healthy relationships
- proper nutrition and fitness
- consumer and community health
What is a Maturation Education?
Maturation is not included in Utah code; however it is defines in state rules:
"Maturation education means instruction and material used to provide fifth-or sixth grade students with age appropriate, accurate information regarding the physical and emotional changes associated with puberty, to assist in protecting students from abuse and promote hygiene, and good health practices."
In plain language, Canyons School District maturation classes are designed to teach fifth-grade students to understand and care for their changing bodies as they trasistion into adulthood. Parents are encouraged to attend so that they can field questions and support further conversations.
What is taught in CSD Maturation Classes?
Curricula are designed to be developmentally appropriate. Students are taught about physiological changes that occur in teen years as children transform into adults. Girls and boys will be taught separately.
Physical Education (PE) standards for Utah span grades 3 through 6. Our elementary schools work in collaboration with Playworks to provide physical education. Please contact your school for more information.
The goal of physical education provided in our elementary school is to both provide structured physical activity and also to promote healthy social interaction and good sportsmanship.
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