Middle School Health

Enrollment Message:

DISCLAIMER: This course is designed to fulfill the middle school grade level content expectations for health education. Please review the syllabus and standards alignment documentation to ensure that it conforms with the goals, objectives, materials, and methods of instruction established by your local district’s Board of Education and Sex Education Advisory Board (SEAB) for the teaching of HIV and sex education. The CPR / AED module fulfills state requirements for instruction of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillators (AED). This content utilizes National CPR Foundation coursework, following guidelines of the AHA and ECC/ILCOR. Schools that provide 100% online instruction are exempt from the hands-on psychomotor skills component. Schools enrolling students should refer to their school policies on whether completion of the CPR / AED lessons should still participate in the hands-on experience events conducted locally for their other students.

This course will help the student understand the importance of making decisions that will affect his or her physical, emotional, mental and social health. This course will provide students with the knowledge and resources they will need to make responsible informed decisions about their health. Students will have an opportunity to evaluate their own values, opinions and attitudes about health. Prerequisites:  None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Explain the terms “health” and “wellness.” and identify skills that will help you stay healthy.
  • Identify good sources of health information in print, in person, in mass media, and on the Internet and how to use reliable health information.
  • Define “mental health.” and “self-concept” and identify ways to build a positive self-concept.
  • Identify what a healthy relationship looks like, how peer pressure can be positive or negative and ways to deal with negative peer pressure.
  • Define “nutrition” and explain why food choices are important and the functions of common nutrients in the body.
  • Identify appropriate serving sizes for each food group and explain healthy ways to maintain an appropriate weight.
  • Explain the benefits of physical activity and ways to increase a person’s level of physical and list the health risks of being sedentary.
  • Identify communicable diseases, how they are spread, and identify the body’s defenses against disease.
  • Identify causes of noncommunicable diseases and ways to avoid or control them.
  • Explain how alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs affect a person’s physical and mental health.
  • Identify the physical, social, mental, and emotional changes that typically occur during adolescence and describe common physical and intellectual developmental differences.
  • Describe how environmental pollution can affect health and ways people can help protect the air, water, and land from pollution.

Course Outline:

Module 1: What are Health and Wellness?

Module 2: Caring for Your Own Mental Health

Module 3: What is Nutrition?

Module 4: Physical Activity

Module 5: Preventing Disease

Module 6: Human Growth and Development

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs: None

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: None


School Level: Middle School
Standards: Michigan K-8 Grade Level Content Expectations
NCAA Approved: N/A - Grade Level
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location:
NCES Code: 08051
MDE Endorsement Code: MA - Health
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: _Internal Use Only

Content Provider: Accelerate Education
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus