Body's Building Blocks Textbook Workbook - Grades 5-6
This volume is divided into two books, Book One and Book Two. Both books are written on a fifth-grade vocabulary level so that either one can be used for fifth or sixth grade. The reason for this is so that multi-grade can combine fifth and sixth grades into one health class. In doing so, you save class time thus giving you more time for the class.
Combining grades means that one year both grades with have Book One; the next year a new fifth grade and last year's fifth students, which are now sixth grade, will have Book Two. Therefore it is important that both books are on the same level (one book is not more important than the other). It is also important that each book is self-contained (they do not depend on each other for information). That way it makes no difference whether a student has Book Two first or Book One. Of course, that makes it necessary to have some facts repeated in both books, but they are given in such different ways that it seems new again. Most knowledge taught in school is repeated and reviewed anyway because that is how the human mind best stores and retains knowledge.
Schoolaid makes teaching health very accessible and affordable, using a simple format that covers the material in a no-frills manner.
The third grade level, Healthy Happy Habits, focuses on everyday habits, physical safety, and getting along with others. Lessons are quick and working two days per week to complete each lesson, you will finish in 30 weeks. The thirty lessons are divided equally into five chapters, and each chapter is rounded out with a chapter review and test (tests are found at the back of the book). There is no separate teacher edition (no answer key), but at the front of the student workbook there is an explanation of the course and lesson suggestions. The publisher suggests purchasing an extra student workbook to fill in with answers - an answer key for future students. Some of the exercises include word searches, drawing, cutting and pasting, short answer, and more. The workbook is only 60 pages long, so perfect for younger children.
Good Growth Guide is the fourth grade level. This 116-page workbook "follows" the twins, Jason and Joel, as they learn about good nutrition; safety and first aid; good sportsmanship; basic anatomy and personal care; courtesy and manners; and Christian hospitality. There are five chapters, each divided into six parts, for a total of 30 parts to be done, one per week. The sixth part of every chapter is a review and test. Children will learn how to pack a healthy lunch, do word puzzles, answer short questions, play active games, and more. There is a bit more reading at this level, but still age appropriate. There is no teacher edition (no answer key), but simple teacher instruction is offered on the inside of the student workbook's front and back covers.
The Body's Building Blocks is the 5th and 6th grade portion of this series by Schoolaid. There are three components to the curriculum - student text, teacher edition, and tests. This level is intended to be used for both 5th and 6th grade, so the student text is divided into two "books." Each "book" is about 150 pages in length and divided into five units. You get two years of health for one low price! Each unit is divided into parts and a review rounds out each unit. It should take approximately 30 weeks to complete a "book," doing one part of each unit per week. The text is a hardcover book, so students are to complete exercises and chapter reviews on their own paper. Book 1 covers facts about the cell, food and nutrition, blood, safety and first aid, and mental/emotional/spiritual growth. A special feature of Book1 is Exercising for Fun and Health includes instructions for a variety of games. Book 2 builds upon the content of Book 1 and continues with nutrition, safety and first aid, structure of the human body, the body's interior resources, healthy personalities, and meeting handicapped people. At the back of the text is a thorough glossary of the terms found throughout the text. The separate Test Booklet includes a chapter test for all chapters in both Book 1 and Book 2. This Teacher Edition includes all student pages, answer keys (including the tests), lessons suggestions, and discussion questions.
Mankind Marvelously Made is intended for 7th and 8th grades. The book is divided into four units: human body, food study, safety and first aid, and mental health. The units can be done in any order. This level has a student text, teacher edition, and test booklet. The text is hardcover and students are expected to complete all of their writing on their own paper. You could complete this level by spreading it out over two years and doing a portion of the units each year, or complete it in one academic year by doing health every day of your school week. The student text is 334 pages and includes the textual information, study guide questions at the end of each chapter and review exercises at the end of each unit. The Teacher Edition includes student pages, answers to all questions and tests, notes to help the teacher and notes for first aid practice sessions. The Test Booklet includes a unit one test, food unit test, farm safety test, Chapter 2 test of Unit 3 (Hazards Around the Rural Home), Chapter 3 test of Unit 3 (Weather Related Precautions), Chapter 4 test of Unit 3 (Sports and Recreation), and Basic First Aid Test.
This series is printed in black and white, and the content is reliable and straightforward. Don't let this program sneak past if you're looking for a budget-friendly health from a Christian perspective. ~ Donna