Teaching students about puberty can be a tricky topic, especially when it comes to finding original and fun activities. Look no further than the Grade 5 Human Development and Sexual Health unit!
The Grade 5 Human Development and Sexual Health
activity packet is aligned with the Ontario 2015 Health and Physical Education curriculum. With this packet, students are introduced to what human development is and what sexual health is. Sexual health is discussed in this packet in a way that meets the expectations, but identifies that the content might be sensitive for some students.
What specific expectations are addressed?
- Identify the parts of the reproductive system, and describe how the body changes during puberty.
- Describe the processes of menstruation and spermatogenesis, and explain how these processes relate to reproduction and overall development.
- Describe emotional and interpersonal stresses related to puberty and identify strategies that they can apply to manage stress, build resilience, and enhance their mental health and emotional well-being.
What lessons are included in this packet?
There are 10 in-depth lessons included in this packet. The 10 lessons are as follows:
Lesson 4.1: Introducing the Unit
Lesson 4.2: Reproductive System
Lesson 4.3: Puberty and the Reproductive System
Lesson 4.4: Exploring Puberty
Lesson 4.5: Emotions and Puberty
Lesson 4.6: Stressors
Lesson 4.7: Relationships
Lesson 4.8: Resilience
Lesson 4.9: Managing Stress
Lesson 4.10: Bringing it Together
Please note that terms used in the curriculum document are used in this packet. These words are spermatogenesis, testes, menstruation, pregnancy, puberty, penis and vagina. These terms are used with the intention of making students feel comfortable talking about relationships and the various parts of the body.
What activities are included in this packet?
There are 31 activities included in this packet. The activities that are included in this packet allow for students to use information they have gained via research and readings to help them critically think about puberty and the impact of puberty on the human body. This packet touches on, for a lesson, what relationships are and what a healthy relationship looks like, but this is not an in-depth packet that focuses on this.
Please note that there are no answer keys provided in this packet. Student responses are based on the information they have researched, and any information needed for the responses can be found in readings and on supplemental websites. There is no quiz or test presented in this packet. Students demonstrate their understanding in other ways.
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Updated April 2018