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Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Standards Learning Progressions

2.4 Human Relationships and Sexuality All students will acquire knowledge about the physical, emotional, and social aspects of human relationships and sexuality and apply these concepts to support a healthy, active lifestyle.
B. Sexuality:
By the end of Grade 2 By the end of Grade 4 By the end of Grade 6 By the end of Grade 8 By the end of Grade 12
Content: Gender-specific similarities and differences exist between males and females.

2.4.2.B.1 Compare and contrast the physical differences and similarities of the genders.
Content: Puberty is the period of sexual development, determined primarily by heredity, in which the body becomes physically able to produce children.

2.4.4.B.1 Differentiate the physical, social, and emotional changes occurring at puberty and explain why puberty begins and ends at different ages.
Content: Most significant physical, emotional, and mental growth changes occur during adolescence, but not necessarily at the same rates.

2.4.6.B.1 Compare growth patterns of males and females during adolescence.
Content: Personal lifestyle habits and genetics influence sexual development as well as overall growth patterns.

2.4.8.B.1 Analyze the influence of hormones, nutrition, the environment, and heredity on the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty.
Content: The decision to become sexually active affects one’s physical, social, and emotional health.

2.4.12.B.1 Predict the possible long-term effects of adolescent sex on future education, on career plans, and on the various dimensions of wellness.
Content: Responsible actions regarding sexual behavior impact the health of oneself and others.

2.4.6.B.2 Summarize strategies to remain abstinent and resist pressures to become sexually active.
Content: Responsible actions regarding sexual behavior impact the health of oneself and others.

2.4.8.B.2 Determine the benefits of sexual abstinence and develop strategies to resist pressures to become sexually active.
Content: Responsible actions regarding sexual behavior impact the health of oneself and others.

2.4.12.B.2 Evaluate information that supports abstinence from sexual activity using reliable research data.
Content: Responsible actions regarding sexual behavior impact the health of oneself and others.

2.4.6.B.3 Determine behaviors that place one at risk for HIV/AIDS, STIs, HPV, or unintended pregnancy.
Content: Responsible actions regarding sexual behavior impact the health of oneself and others.

2.4.8.B.3 Compare and contrast methods of contraception used by adolescents and factors that may influence their use.
Content: Responsible actions regarding sexual behavior impact the health of oneself and others.

2.4.12.B.3 Analyze factors that influence the choice, use, and effectiveness of contraception, including risk-reduction and risk-elimination strategies.
Content: Responsible actions regarding sexual behavior impact the health of oneself and others.

2.4.6.B.4 Predict the possible physical, social, and emotional impacts of adolescent decisions regarding sexual behavior.
Content: Responsible actions regarding sexual behavior impact the health of oneself and others.

2.4.8.B.4 Relate certain behaviors to placing one at greater risk for HIV/AIDS, STIs, and unintended pregnancy.
Content: Discussion of topics regarding sexuality requires a safe, supportive environment where sensitivity and respect is shown toward all.

2.4.12.B.4 Compare and contrast attitudes and beliefs about gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender equity across cultures.
Content: Discussion of topics regarding sexuality requires a safe, supportive environment where sensitivity and respect is shown toward all.

2.4.8.B.5 Discuss topics regarding gender identity, sexual orientation, and cultural stereotyping.
Content: Early detection strategies and regular physical exams assist in the prevention and treatment of illness or disease.

2.4.12.B.5 Relate preventative healthcare strategies of male/female reproductive systems to the prevention and treatment of disease (e.g., breast/testicular exams, Pap smear, HPV vaccine).
Content: Early detection strategies assist in the prevention and treatment of illness or disease.

2.4.8.B.6 Explain the importance of practicing routine healthcare procedures such as breast self-examination, testicular examinations, and HPV vaccine.