Curriculum – 6th Grade

Objectives
The purpose of the program is to teach the social, psychological, and physical health gains to be realized through risk avoidance.

Students who participate in Project REACH will:
– Receive current and medically accurate information pertaining to the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of puberty.
– Receive current and medically accurate information pertaining to the physical, mental, and emotional consequences of teen sexual activity.
– Obtain increased awareness of fact vs. fiction pertaining to messages and sexual myths generated through peers and/or multiple media sources.
– Obtain increased awareness pertaining to the importance of maintaining mature decision-making skills.
– Obtain increased awareness of the value of self-control, delayed gratification, and the value of avoiding risky behaviors.
– Obtain increased awareness of the laws pertaining to sexual behavior, internet, cell phone, and photography safety.

Day 1:
Review: Why do we go through puberty?
Define:
— Making a baby vs. being a parent
— When is the best time to be a parent?
— What do you need to be a parent?
– Do you know a 6th grader who has everything they need to be a good parent? (7th, 8th, etc.?)
– Puberty takes many years for a reason: mental, physical, emotional, social values make a whole person.  It takes many years for those all to develop so one is prepared to be a parent.
— Example: 6 ft., 7th grade boy… mature like an adult physically… is he mentally socially, and emotionally mature?
– Two physical signs one might soon experience so they know they might one day (many years from now) become a parent?
— Boys: nocturnal emission (explain)
— Girls: menstruation (explain)

Day 2:
Review: menstruation and nocturnal emission… note these are gifts, showing we can reproduce!
– When is the best time to be a parent?
– Explanation of sexual intercourse
– Display of fetal development photos and charts
– How is sexual intercourse portrayed through the media? (music, tv., movies, etc.)
– What are the real facts?

Day 3:
Flash paper demo: Paul & Kate-a 7th & 8th grade student chose to have sex (influenced by media to have sex)
Consequences:
— Separate fact from fiction (pregnancy can occur 1st time, etc.)
— Sexually transmitted disease (how many?)
— Family, neighbors, friends: reactions, feelings
— Reputation to self and family
— Emotions of self, family, and friends
– What is the only way you can have lots of  dates with lots of different people and not face the situations Paul and Kate faced?

Recognize puppy love vs married love.

Grady’s Rules

– The importance of self-worth in making decisions:
— Society’s emphasis on the physical side only
— How believing you only have a physical side could influence your decisions
– Peer pressure can influence decisions:
Day 4:
Review: No matter what decision you make there is always a price to pay.
To Pay the Price Game: making tough decisions in risky situations:
— Discuss “prizes” in full.
— Which prizes would make your family proud? (your friends?)
— What is the only way you are guaranteed to win the prizes that would insure your future, parents’ trust and respect, and solid friendships?
– Immediate gratification:  define
— Examples: fast food, pizza, eye glasses
— What happens when we don’t get it?
– Immediate gratification vs. delayed  gratification: Immature behavior vs. mature behavior
–If someone says I want to wait  for sex is that mature or immature?

Day 5:
Explain:  Sex vs. sexuality (whole person)
Discuss:  AIDS fact vs. fiction
— How alcohol can affect decision making
— The only 100% way to prevent AIDS
— Condom failure rate explained briefly (with typical use condoms fail 15% in preventing pregnancy and rates vary from 5-50% for STI’s)

– Define difference between rape, sexual assault, molestation, and sex – these kids still have their gift to give… it is theirs to give only when they choose to – no one has the power to take that gift from them!  Their virginity is their gift to give…