Access Health Grade 2   (#7708020)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

Version Description

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 home environment can promote personal health and prevent injuries.

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

  • Core Concepts (health promotion, emotions, following rules, body parts and environmental health)
  • Accessing Information (doctors, nurses, hospitals, clinics, basic first aid, home safety, emergency drills, and reliable resources)
  • Internal and External Influences (trusted adults and warning labels)
  • Interpersonal Communication (sharing, conflict resolution, verbal and non-verbal, following rules, and refusal skills)
  • Decision Making (positive or negative health enhancing influences, healthy options)
  • Goal Setting (personal health and safety)
  • Self-Management (safety and precautions)
  • Advocacy (encouraging sharing and following rules)

Instructional Practices

Teaching from 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 students 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).

Access Courses: Access courses are intended only for students with a significant cognitive disability. Access courses are designed to provide students with access to the general curriculum. Access points reflect increasing levels of complexity and depth of knowledge aligned with grade-level expectations. The access points included in access courses are intentionally designed to foster high expectations for students with significant cognitive disabilities. 

Access points in the subject areas of science, social studies, art, dance, physical education, theatre, and health provide tiered access to the general curriculum through three levels of access points (Participatory, Supported, and Independent). Access points in English language arts and mathematics do not contain these tiers, but contain Essential Understandings (or EUs). EUs consist of skills at varying levels of complexity and are a resource when planning for instruction.

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 information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Language Arts. 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: .

For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at

General Information

Course Number: 7708020
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: ACCESS HEALTH GR 2
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 2

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.

The following standards 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.