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Lesson 25: Thinking About Growing and Changing


This lesson helps students explore feelings and issues around growing up and beginning to go through puberty. Students respond to a survey with questions about growing and changing, then discuss their responses, including things that are difficult and things that are good. They complete an activity sheet that allows them to express some of the things they are thinking and feeling, and suggest advice they would give to younger students to help them cope with these new thoughts and feelings.

Note: The HealthSmart Grade 4 lessons cover general changes of puberty. For more detailed lessons on physical development, see HealthSmart Grade 5.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty.

SEL Connection

  • self-awareness

Time: 40 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • SH-0: (ETR) Progress through puberty in a healthy way.
  • SH-1: Recognize developmental changes experienced by self and others during childhood and adolescence.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 8: Advocacy
  • Performance Indicator 8.5.1: Express opinions and give accurate information about health issues.
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