Health Education, Grade 4

The Health Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) state that in health education, students will acquire the health information and skills necessary to become healthy adults and learn about behaviors in which they should and should not participate. To achieve that goal, students will understand the following: students should first seek guidance in the area of health from their parents; personal behaviors can increase or reduce health risks throughout the lifespan; health is influenced by a variety of factors; students can recognize and utilize health information and products; and personal/interpersonal skills are needed to promote individual, family, and community health.

In addition to learning age-specific health information on a variety of health topics, students in Grade 4 learn how their behaviors affect their body systems. Students are taught the consequences of unsafe behaviors, and how to protect themselves from harm. Students also learn the value and use of social skills in dealing with peer pressure, communicating effectively, and assisting in forming healthy social relationships.

The student is expected to:
  • recognize ways to enhance and maintain health throughout the life span
  • recognize the basic structure and functions of the human body and how they relate to personal health
  • know how to access health information
  • understand and engage in behaviors that reduce health risks
  • comprehend and practice behaviors that prevent disease and speed recovery from illness
  • comprehend factors that influence individual, family, and community health
  • comprehend ways in which media and technology can influence individual and community health
  • understand how relationships can positively and negatively influence individual and community health
  • use social skills for building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • explain healthy ways to communicate consideration and respect for self, family, friends, and others
  • demonstrate critical thinking, decision making, goal setting, and problem solving skills for making health-promoting decisions
Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II
Chapter §115.6 (4th)
Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills for Health
Subchapter A. Elementary

4th Grade Health
Curriculum, click here

Physical Education, Grade 4

In Physical Education, students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, and access to a physically-active lifestyle. The student exhibits a physically-active lifestyle and understands the relationship between physical activity and health throughout the lifespan.

Fourth grade students learn to identify the components of health-related fitness. Students combine locomotor and manipulative skills in dynamic situations with body control. Students begin to identify sources of health fitness information and continue to learn about appropriate clothing and safety precautions in exercise settings.

The student is expected to:
  • demonstrate competency in fundamental movement patterns and proficiency in a few specialized movement forms
  • apply movement concepts and principles to the learning development of motor skills
  • exhibit health-enhancing, physically active lifestyle that provides opportunities for enjoyment and challenge
  • know the benefits from being involved in daily physical activity and factors that affect physical performance
  • understand and apply safety practices associated with physical activities
  • understand basic components such as strategies and rules of structured physical activities including games, sports, dance and gymnastics
  • develop positive self-management and social skills needed to work independently and with others in physical activity settings

Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II
Chapter §116.6 (4th)
Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills for Physical Education
Subchapter A. Elementary

4th Grade P.E. Curriculum:

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