'Sex' waits until fifth grade in Missoula schools' health curriculum

2010-07-14T21:00:00Z 2010-07-14T21:56:30Z 'Sex' waits until fifth grade in Missoula schools' health curriculumBy the Missoulian missoulian.com
July 14, 2010 9:00 pm  • 

The word "sex" in Missoula schools' health-enhancement curriculum isn't even mentioned until the fifth grade, when it's included in the topic of sexual harassment.

Here are some of the highlights of MCPS' physical growth and development educational targets in the health curriculum, which was adopted in June as a guide for teachers in the district.

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Kindergarten

"I can point to parts of the body."

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Grade 4

"I can identify ways to prevent/reduce the spread of disease (HIV, contagious, noncontagious and chronic)."

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Grade 5

"I know what sexual and gender harassment means."

"I can describe the functions of the reproductive system and menstrual cycle."

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Grade 6

"I can list and give the definition for each of the male and female reproductive organs."

"I can explain reasons to choose abstinence."

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Grade 7

"I can discuss and respect changes that occur during puberty (menstruation, nocturnal emissions)."

"I can identify reproductive system anatomy."

"I can list and give the definition for each of the male and female reproductive organs."

"I can explain the impact that early sexual activity has on physical and emotional health."

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Grade 8

"I can justify why abstinence is the best choice for teens."

"I can describe the functions of the reproductive system and menstrual cycle."

"I can recognize and respect the different views that exist within families regarding sexual orientation, masturbation, contraception, abstinence and abortion."

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Grade 9

"I can compare and contrast the male and female reproductive systems."

"I can identify and evaluate personal beliefs regarding sexuality."

"I can recognize diverse community views towards sexuality."

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