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Lesson 33: Understanding Puberty & New Responsibilities


In this lesson, students learn more about the changes and new responsibilities that accompany puberty. A reading sheet presents facts about puberty. Then students review some questions young people might have and apply information and key points from the reading to answer them. They take home a family sheet to help them talk about puberty with their parents or guardians.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty.
  2. Explain how puberty and development can vary greatly and still be normal.
  3. Identify characteristics of a responsible family member.

SEL Connection

  • social awareness

Time: 45 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.
  • SH-5: Be sexually abstinent.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
  • Performance Indicator 2.5.1: Describe how family influences personal health practices and behaviors.
  • Standard 7: Practicing Health-Enhancing Behaviors
  • Performance Indicator 7.5.1: Identify responsible personal health behaviors.
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