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Standard 4.Knows how to maintain mental and emotional health
  Level Pre-K (Grade Pre-K)
   1. Not appropriate at this level
  Level I (Grade K-2)
   1. Identifies and shares feelings in appropriate ways
  Level II (Grade 3-5)
   1. Knows the relationships between physical health and mental health
   2. Knows common sources of stress for children and ways to manage stress
   3. Knows how mood changes and strong feelings affect thoughts and behavior, and how they can be managed successfully
   4. Knows behaviors that communicate care, consideration, and respect of self and others (including those with disabilities or handicapping conditions)
   5. Understands how one responds to the behavior of others and how one's behavior may evoke responses in others
   6. Knows strategies for resisting negative peer pressure
   7. Knows how attentive listening skills can be used to build and maintain healthy relationships
  Level III (Grade 6-8)
   1. Knows strategies to manage stress and feelings caused by disappointment, separation, or loss (e.g., talking over problems with others, understanding that feelings of isolation and depression will pass, examining the situation leading to the feelings)
   2. Knows characteristics and conditions associated with positive self-esteem
   3. Knows appropriate ways to build and maintain positive relationships with peers, parents, and other adults (e.g., interpersonal communication)
   4. Understands the difference between safe and risky or harmful behaviors in relationships
   5. Knows techniques for seeking help and support through appropriate resources
  Level IV (Grade 9-12)
   1. Knows skills used to communicate effectively with family, friends, and others, and the effects of open and honest communication
   2. Knows strategies for coping with and overcoming feelings of rejection, social isolation, and other forms of stress
   3. Understands the role of denial as a negative influence on mental and emotional health, and ways to overcome denial and seek assistance when needed