Health - Grade 3 (#5008050) 

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Course Standards

The following standards and benchmarks focus on yearly instruction to ensure that students gain adequate exposure to health information and practices. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade specific benchmarks and retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades.
Name Description
HE.3.B.3.1: Locate resources from home, school, and community that provide valid health information.
Internet, media, television, radio, brochures, books, professional interviews, hospital, and Department of Health.
HE.3.B.3.2: Describe criteria for selecting health information, resources, products, and services.
Directions on packaging and, consumer safety, television, radio, telephone, and reputable websites.
HE.3.B.3.3: Describe how the media influences the selection of health information, products, and services.
Infomercials, cereal boxes, billboards, medicine/over-the-counter medicine ads, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
HE.3.B.4.1: Identify effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills to enhance health.
Listing the effects of facial expressions, body language, verbal cues, sign language, braille, and asking questions seeking further clarification/understanding.
HE.3.B.4.2: Demonstrate refusal skills that avoid or reduce health risks.
Making clear statements, expressing feelings, asking for help, and learning how to say "no."
HE.3.B.4.3: Demonstrate nonviolent strategies to manage or resolve conflict.
Role playing, age-appropriate skills for conflict resolution, mediation, and assertive-communication skills.
HE.3.B.4.4: Explain ways to ask for assistance to enhance personal health.
Group discussions, ask orally, and ask in writing.
HE.3.B.5.1: Recognize circumstances that can help or hinder healthy decision making.
Media health messages, practices of family and peers, and knowledge of topic.
HE.3.B.5.2: List healthy options to health-related issues or problems.
Healthy alternatives to unhealthy messages in the media, fear of personal safety, and nutrition options.
HE.3.B.5.3: Discuss the potential short-term personal impact of each option when making a health-related decision.
Eating healthy foods, daily physical activity, benefits of personal hygiene, disease prevention, and not polluting our environment.
HE.3.B.5.4: Find a healthy option when making a decision for yourself.
Choosing healthy food, increasing physical activity, wearing a bike helmet, using personal flotation devices, using sunscreen, and decreasing screen time.
HE.3.B.5.5: Explain when assistance is needed when making a health-related decision.
Media claims and their validity, when to call 911, dealing with grief and loss, and fears of personal safety.
HE.3.B.6.1: Select a personal health goal and track progress toward achievement.
Working collaboratively with class/small group, tracking daily physical activity, using seat belts and bike helmets, limiting media time, consuming healthy foods daily, understanding the dangers of drugs, practicing refusal and conflict-resolution skills.
HE.3.B.6.2: Examine resources that could assist in achieving a small group personal health goal.
Family, school personnel, community resources: police, fire rescue, and EMS.
HE.3.C.1.1: Describe healthy behaviors that affect personal health.
Covering mouth cough/sneeze, washing hands before eating and after using the bathroom, performing daily physical activity, never using other’s hair/toothbrushes, preventing the spread of germs, exercising regularly, avoiding junk food, and avoiding tobacco products.
HE.3.C.1.3: Describe ways a safe, healthy classroom can promote personal health.
Frequent hand washing, access to water fountains, area clear of clutter and organized, proper use and disposal of tissues, proper use of hand sanitizers, no sharing of food, and respect for others.
HE.3.C.1.4: Recognize common childhood health conditions.
Asthma, diabetes, food allergies, dental cavities, and colds.
HE.3.C.1.5: Recognize that body parts and organs work together to form human body systems.
Circulatory system, digestive system, nervous system, reproductive system, and other body systems.
HE.3.C.1.6: Describe why it is important to seek health care.
Fluoride treatment to prevent tooth decay, hearing exam to check hearing, and eye exam to assess vision.
HE.3.C.2.1: Explore how family and friend's traditions and customs may influence health behaviors.
Family nutritional choices, gatherings, fears, traditions, religious practices, belief in holistic approach, and accepted celebration behaviors demonstrated by others.
HE.3.C.2.3: Explore how the traditions and customs of the school and community influence health behavior of children.
Different school/community venues such as health fairs, fundraisers, special celebrations, ethnic restaurants/festivals, and community/school gardens.
HE.3.C.2.4: Identify classroom and school rules that promote health and disease prevention.
Following rules for walking in hallways, keeping areas clean, listening to crossing guard, and bike safety.
HE.3.C.2.5: Discuss the positive and negative impacts media may have on health.
Positives: choosing healthy foods, exercising, being physically active and not using drugs, acceptance of cultural diversity. Negatives: unhealthy fast foods, "couch potato" inactivity, media messages about body shape and size, violence in the media, violent video/computer games, and too much screen time.
HE.3.C.2.6: Discuss the positive and negative impacts technology may have on health.
Positives: calling 911, using a pedometer, playing electronic, interactive video games that promote physical activity, medical advances, and collaboration. Negatives: video games that do not promote physical activity, violent video/computer, games, and misuse/overuse cell phone/texting.
HE.3.P.7.1: Practice responsible personal health behaviors.
Pedestrian safety, firearm safety, avoiding unsafe places, and not littering.
HE.3.P.7.2: Investigate a variety of behaviors that avoid or reduce health risks.
Daily oral hygiene, medical check-ups, immunizations, and daily physical activity.
HE.3.P.8.1: Promote positive behaviors to others.
Selecting healthy foods, following playground rules, and sharing items respectfully.
MA.K12.MTR.1.1: Actively participate in effortful learning both individually and collectively.  

Mathematicians who participate in effortful learning both individually and with others: 

  • Analyze the problem in a way that makes sense given the task. 
  • Ask questions that will help with solving the task. 
  • Build perseverance by modifying methods as needed while solving a challenging task. 
  • Stay engaged and maintain a positive mindset when working to solve tasks. 
  • Help and support each other when attempting a new method or approach.


Teachers who encourage students to participate actively in effortful learning both individually and with others:
  • Cultivate a community of growth mindset learners. 
  • Foster perseverance in students by choosing tasks that are challenging. 
  • Develop students’ ability to analyze and problem solve. 
  • Recognize students’ effort when solving challenging problems.
MA.K12.MTR.2.1: Demonstrate understanding by representing problems in multiple ways.  

Mathematicians who demonstrate understanding by representing problems in multiple ways:  

  • Build understanding through modeling and using manipulatives.
  • Represent solutions to problems in multiple ways using objects, drawings, tables, graphs and equations.
  • Progress from modeling problems with objects and drawings to using algorithms and equations.
  • Express connections between concepts and representations.
  • Choose a representation based on the given context or purpose.
Teachers who encourage students to demonstrate understanding by representing problems in multiple ways: 
  • Help students make connections between concepts and representations.
  • Provide opportunities for students to use manipulatives when investigating concepts.
  • Guide students from concrete to pictorial to abstract representations as understanding progresses.
  • Show students that various representations can have different purposes and can be useful in different situations. 
MA.K12.MTR.3.1: Complete tasks with mathematical fluency. 

Mathematicians who complete tasks with mathematical fluency:

  • Select efficient and appropriate methods for solving problems within the given context.
  • Maintain flexibility and accuracy while performing procedures and mental calculations.
  • Complete tasks accurately and with confidence.
  • Adapt procedures to apply them to a new context.
  • Use feedback to improve efficiency when performing calculations. 
Teachers who encourage students to complete tasks with mathematical fluency:
  • Provide students with the flexibility to solve problems by selecting a procedure that allows them to solve efficiently and accurately.
  • Offer multiple opportunities for students to practice efficient and generalizable methods.
  • Provide opportunities for students to reflect on the method they used and determine if a more efficient method could have been used. 
MA.K12.MTR.4.1: Engage in discussions that reflect on the mathematical thinking of self and others. 

Mathematicians who engage in discussions that reflect on the mathematical thinking of self and others:

  • Communicate mathematical ideas, vocabulary and methods effectively.
  • Analyze the mathematical thinking of others.
  • Compare the efficiency of a method to those expressed by others.
  • Recognize errors and suggest how to correctly solve the task.
  • Justify results by explaining methods and processes.
  • Construct possible arguments based on evidence. 
Teachers who encourage students to engage in discussions that reflect on the mathematical thinking of self and others:
  • Establish a culture in which students ask questions of the teacher and their peers, and error is an opportunity for learning.
  • Create opportunities for students to discuss their thinking with peers.
  • Select, sequence and present student work to advance and deepen understanding of correct and increasingly efficient methods.
  • Develop students’ ability to justify methods and compare their responses to the responses of their peers. 
MA.K12.MTR.5.1: Use patterns and structure to help understand and connect mathematical concepts. 

Mathematicians who use patterns and structure to help understand and connect mathematical concepts:

  • Focus on relevant details within a problem.
  • Create plans and procedures to logically order events, steps or ideas to solve problems.
  • Decompose a complex problem into manageable parts.
  • Relate previously learned concepts to new concepts.
  • Look for similarities among problems.
  • Connect solutions of problems to more complicated large-scale situations. 
Teachers who encourage students to use patterns and structure to help understand and connect mathematical concepts:
  • Help students recognize the patterns in the world around them and connect these patterns to mathematical concepts.
  • Support students to develop generalizations based on the similarities found among problems.
  • Provide opportunities for students to create plans and procedures to solve problems.
  • Develop students’ ability to construct relationships between their current understanding and more sophisticated ways of thinking.
MA.K12.MTR.6.1: Assess the reasonableness of solutions. 

Mathematicians who assess the reasonableness of solutions: 

  • Estimate to discover possible solutions.
  • Use benchmark quantities to determine if a solution makes sense.
  • Check calculations when solving problems.
  • Verify possible solutions by explaining the methods used.
  • Evaluate results based on the given context. 
Teachers who encourage students to assess the reasonableness of solutions:
  • Have students estimate or predict solutions prior to solving.
  • Prompt students to continually ask, “Does this solution make sense? How do you know?”
  • Reinforce that students check their work as they progress within and after a task.
  • Strengthen students’ ability to verify solutions through justifications. 
MA.K12.MTR.7.1: Apply mathematics to real-world contexts. 

Mathematicians who apply mathematics to real-world contexts:

  • Connect mathematical concepts to everyday experiences.
  • Use models and methods to understand, represent and solve problems.
  • Perform investigations to gather data or determine if a method is appropriate. • Redesign models and methods to improve accuracy or efficiency. 
Teachers who encourage students to apply mathematics to real-world contexts:
  • Provide opportunities for students to create models, both concrete and abstract, and perform investigations.
  • Challenge students to question the accuracy of their models and methods.
  • Support students as they validate conclusions by comparing them to the given situation.
  • Indicate how various concepts can be applied to other disciplines.
ELA.K12.EE.1.1: Cite evidence to explain and justify reasoning.
K-1 Students include textual evidence in their oral communication with guidance and support from adults. The evidence can consist of details from the text without naming the text. During 1st grade, students learn how to incorporate the evidence in their writing.

2-3 Students include relevant textual evidence in their written and oral communication. Students should name the text when they refer to it. In 3rd grade, students should use a combination of direct and indirect citations.

4-5 Students continue with previous skills and reference comments made by speakers and peers. Students cite texts that they’ve directly quoted, paraphrased, or used for information. When writing, students will use the form of citation dictated by the instructor or the style guide referenced by the instructor. 

6-8 Students continue with previous skills and use a style guide to create a proper citation.

9-12 Students continue with previous skills and should be aware of existing style guides and the ways in which they differ.

ELA.K12.EE.2.1: Read and comprehend grade-level complex texts proficiently.
See Text Complexity for grade-level complexity bands and a text complexity rubric.
ELA.K12.EE.3.1: Make inferences to support comprehension.
Students will make inferences before the words infer or inference are introduced. Kindergarten students will answer questions like “Why is the girl smiling?” or make predictions about what will happen based on the title page. Students will use the terms and apply them in 2nd grade and beyond.
ELA.K12.EE.4.1: Use appropriate collaborative techniques and active listening skills when engaging in discussions in a variety of situations.
In kindergarten, students learn to listen to one another respectfully.

In grades 1-2, students build upon these skills by justifying what they are thinking. For example: “I think ________ because _______.” The collaborative conversations are becoming academic conversations.

In grades 3-12, students engage in academic conversations discussing claims and justifying their reasoning, refining and applying skills. Students build on ideas, propel the conversation, and support claims and counterclaims with evidence.

ELA.K12.EE.5.1: Use the accepted rules governing a specific format to create quality work.
Students will incorporate skills learned into work products to produce quality work. For students to incorporate these skills appropriately, they must receive instruction. A 3rd grade student creating a poster board display must have instruction in how to effectively present information to do quality work.
ELA.K12.EE.6.1: Use appropriate voice and tone when speaking or writing.
In kindergarten and 1st grade, students learn the difference between formal and informal language. For example, the way we talk to our friends differs from the way we speak to adults. In 2nd grade and beyond, students practice appropriate social and academic language to discuss texts.
ELD.K12.ELL.SI.1: English language learners communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.

General Course Information and Notes


The purpose of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices with the overall goal of improving quality of life, as well as describe personal health and ways that a safe, healthy classroom environment can promote personal health and prevent injuries.

The content should include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Core Concepts (health promotion, disease prevention, following rules, body parts)
  • Accessing Information (doctor, nurses, hospitals, clinics, basic first aid, germ prevention, emergency drills, community building, reliable resources)
  • Internal and External Influences (family, peers, teachers, other adults/professionals, media, internet, responsibility, personal space)
  • Interpersonal Communication (conflict resolution, verbal and non-verbal, active listening and refusal skills)
  • Decision Making (positive or negative health enhancing influences, healthy options)
  • Goal Setting (short and long term health targets, personal health and safety)
  • Self Management (self enhancing responsible choices, abstaining from drugs, daily hygiene)
  • Advocacy (positive promotion, impacting family, peers, school, community, following rules and policies)

Instructional Practices

Teaching from a well-written, grade-level textbook enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:

  1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.
  2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.
  3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.
  4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.
  5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards
This course includes Florida’s B.E.S.T. ELA Expectations (EE) and Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards (MTRs) for students. Florida educators should intentionally embed these standards within the content and their instruction as applicable. For guidance on the implementation of the EEs and MTRs, please visit and select the appropriate B.E.S.T. Standards package.

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:

General Information

Course Number: 5008050 Course Path: Section: Grades PreK to 12 Education Courses > Grade Group: Grades PreK to 5 Education Courses > Subject: Health Education > SubSubject: General >
Abbreviated Title: HEALTH - GRADE 3
Course Attributes:
  • Florida Standards Course
Course Status: State Board Approved
Grade Level(s): 3

Educator Certifications

Health (Elementary and Secondary Grades K-12)
Primary Education (K-3)
Prekindergarten/Primary Education (Age 3 through Grade 3)
Elementary Education (Elementary Grades 1-6)
Elementary Education (Grades K-6)
Physical Education (Grades K-8)
Physical Education (Elementary and Secondary Grades K-12)

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