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Healthy Habits Scope and Sequence - 6th Grade

Healthy Habits is a semester course designed to empower 6th grade students to maintain and improve their health and wellness by developing skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary to improve quality of life. Students will learn the process of goal setting and decision making, as well as interpersonal communication, self-management, and self-advocacy. If you have any questions please contact Caitlin Bollier via email at, caitlin.bollier@nisd.net.

Dates are subject to change or may vary among campuses. 

Laying the Foundation - Explanation of Healthy Habits, Getting to Know You Activities, Setting Class Norms

Aug 28 - Sept 1

Life Skills - Making Healthy Decisions, Components of Health, Goal Setting

Sept 5 - Sept 11

Personal Hygiene - Taking Care of Your Body, Body Systems, Diseases and Conditions

Sept 12 - Sept 20

Injury Prevention and Safety - Finding a Balance in Life and Online, First Aid

Sept 26 - Oct 3

Social Health - Relationships, Communication, Conflict Resolution, 

Peer Pressure, Refusal Skills

Oct 5 - Oct 13

Nutrition and Physical Activity - Healthy Eating and Exercise, Creating Personal Fitness Plans

Oct 16 - Oct 23

Conflict, Violence, and Abuse - Prevention of Child Abuse, Family Violence, Dating Violence, and Sex Trafficking (Parent Permission Required)

Oct 30 - Nov 2

*Parent Permission Slip - Oct 10th*

Mental Health Awareness - Define Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Learn How to Manage it in a Healthy Way

Nov 6 - Nov 27

Substance Abuse Prevention & Awareness - Alcohol, Tobacco Legal and Illegal Drugs

Nov 28 - Dec 11

Human Development- Puberty, Intellectual Development, Adolescence, Dating Relationships, Teenage Pregnancy, STIs (Parent Permission Required)

Dec 12 - Dec 15

*Parent Permission Slip - Nov 15tht*

NISD Middle School Human Development and Conflict, Violence, and Abuse

Instructional Timeline and Resources

In accordance, and in compliance, with the Texas Education Code and Board Policy EHAA(LOCAL), Northside Independent School District provides human development instruction and conflict, violence, and abuse instruction as part of its curriculum in 6th grade Healthy Habits course. The district is confident the information presented to students on this topic is age and grade-level appropriate; however parents have the right to view the curriculum and/or remove their child from this instruction. The opt-in consent form will be sent out by each campus. Information about the curriculum materials to support human development and conflict, violence, and abuse instruction is included below along with the instructional timeline. 

*Date range may vary slightly based on campus, and are subject to change.*


Goodheart-Wilcox Texas Middle School Health Skills curriculum materials will be utilized to support human reproduction/development and child anti-victimizations instruction in the middle school health course (Healthy Habits). Educating students to develop healthy behaviors today can improve their overall health and contribute to patterns of wellness that will extend into adulthood. To help guide students along the path to healthy living, G-W assembled an award-winning author team to create the most current and comprehensive high school health program. Together, they developed a contemporary, student-focused, research-based approach to health education. Their expertise, combined with the input of Texas-based teachers and professionals, provides your students with relevant, age-appropriate resources—created especially for Texas! The full curriculum can be reviewed on your student’s campus.  For more information about Goodheart-Wilcox Texas Middle School Health Skills, or to view the parent purchase agreement, please contact G-W via email at custserv@g-w.com or by phone at 1-800-323-0440.

To view Goodheart-Wilcox Texas Middle School Health Skills textbook you can visit their website at https://www.g-w.com/essential-health-skills-ms-2023.


From Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher:

Parent requests to buy materials:

Per TEC. CH 28 Section 483.101, we are happy to help parents purchase a copy of the student materials for Texas Health.  We’ll request the student’s name and the district and campus where their student is taking the course.  We’ll connect with our ISD Health contacts for verification that the student is truly enrolled in the course at the ISD. 

Parents may place their purchase request via email or by calling G-W. 

G-W Customer Service

  • Phone: 800.323.0440
  • E-Mail: custserv@g-w.com


Additional Ways to View Curriculum:

Each campus will house a copy of the 6th grade Healthy Habits Human Sexuality and Anti-Victimization curriculum units for parents to view. Parents may also view both curriculum units by visiting our NISD Health Education website: https://www.nisd.net/district/whole-child/health-education.

If a parent/guardian chooses to opt-out of the Human Sexuality or Anti-Victimization unit (or both) the child will not receive the specific units instruction. Instead, the child will participate in an alternative instructional activity provided in a separate location on campus, and will not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty or other sanction. 


If you have any questions please visit our district webpage:  www.nisd.net/district/whole-child/health-education or contact Caitlin Bollier, NISD Health Education Specialist at (210) 397-3567 or caitlin.bollier@nisd.net.   

A Journey with a mission!

The mission of Healthy Habits is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy behaviors as well as to educate students how to recognize the influence of responsible decision-making on the quality of life.

Healthy Habits

  • Required semester course for all 6th grade students
  • Emphasis on Social & Emotional Learning
  • Project-Based
  • E-Journals

Healthy Habits: Topics

  1. Laying the Foundation - introduction to the course, expectations
  2. Life Skills - setting goals
  3. Social Health - relationships, refusal skills
  4. Personal Hygiene - taking care of your body
  5. Social Media - finding a balance in life
  6. Mental Health Awareness - what is mental health, how to deal with stress, anxiety and depression in a healthy way
  7. Substance Abuse - alcohol, legal/illegal drugs, refusal skills
  8. E-cigarettes - CATCH My Breath Youth Vaping Prevention Program

Healthy Habits: A SEL Foundation

Mindfulness Information Sheet

Defined by CASEL (casel.org)

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

5 Key Competencies: Self-Awareness, Social Awareness, Self-Management, Relationship Skills, Responsible Decision-Making

And we're off on a journey to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy behaviors!

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