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Life Skills Part 1
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes
Life Skills Part 1 is designed to provide students with information they will need as they begin the next phase of their life, adulthood. Students will learn to become more responsible for their own decisions as they move toward adulthood. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to begin making some plans for what they want to accomplish in their lives. This course will guide students in figuring out who they are, including their personality, abilities, and interests.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify basic first-aid procedures.
  • Describe various diseases and determine their differences.
  • Explore ways in which individuals can maintain dental health by practicing good oral hygiene.  
  • Describe the physical effects of tobacco and alcohol, and explain why people use these drugs.
  • Explain what stimulants, depressants, narcotics, and hallucinogens are and their effects on the body.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe how to conduct an apartment search.
  • Identify the purpose of a lease.
  • Analyze how to read a clothing care label.
  • Explore how to reduce the risks of falls, fires, poisoning, electrical shock, and home crimes.
  • Identify how injuries at work and play can be reduced.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore how individuals and communities can prepare for disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, floods, thunderstorms, and earthquakes.
  • Analyze the MyPlate food guide system.
  • Analyze how food labels can be used to make healthy food choices.
  • Explore the benefits of exercise and the types of exercise that promote good health.
  • Identify events that commonly cause stress.
  • Relate self-esteem and emotional health.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Distinguish between using cash and using credit cards.
  • Identify the parts of a budget.
  • Explore a paycheck and a paycheck stub.
  • Explain how direct deposit works.
  • Explore how to use credit.
  • Analyze the advantages of being a wise consumer.

Course Materials

  • AGS Everyday Life Skills (textbook and workbook)

*Available as an iText course