Student Learning Objectives – 5th Grade

Synopsis

"I Wonder What Is Happening to Me" begins by reviewing prior knowledge about puberty and developing guidelines for a safe and productive classroom climate. Students learn about the male and female reproductive systems and the changes that occur during puberty. To care for their changing bodies, the students learn new personal hygiene and health habits. Students practice communicating with their family members, analyzing media influences for sexual messages, and clarifying misinformation and promoting healthy behavior among their peers. The emphasis is on promoting respect for peers as they experience puberty, impressing young people with the awe and responsibility of becoming physically capable of reproduction, and the importance of postponing sexual intercourse.

Teaching-Learning Goals

  • Students will communicate with parents and other trusted adults about puberty and postponing parenthood.
  • Students will review the natural changes that occur during puberty.
  • Students will explain the anatomy and functions of the male and female reproductive systems.
  • Students will discuss the importance of safeguarding the health of their reproductive system.
  • Students will describe respectful treatment of peers.
  • Students will apply their media literacy skills for analyzing messages about sexuality.

Student Learning Objectives

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LESSON 1: Ready, Set, Grow!

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • List changes that will occur as they grow and mature.
Core Concepts
  • Formulate guidelines for discussions during the puberty lessons.
Interpersonal Communication
  • Assess what they already know about puberty.
Core Concepts
  • Develop a plan for improving communication with their parents regarding changes in puberty.

Accessing Information

Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 2: Puberty and the Male Reproductive System

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Summarize what they know about growing up.
Core Concepts
  • Identify physical and emotional changes occurring during puberty.
Core Concepts
  • Define the structures and functions of the male reproductive system.
Core Concepts

LESSON 3: Puberty and the Female Reproductive System

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Define the structures and functions of the female reproductive system.
Core Concepts
  • Practice their communication skills by talking with their parents or other trusted adult about puberty.
Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 4: Reproduction

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Review the structures and functions of the male and female reproductive systems.
Core Concepts
  • Describe the changes that indicate an individual is physically capable of reproduction.
Core Concepts

LESSON 5: Personal Hygiene and Healthy Habits

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Distinguish between accurate and inaccurate sources of information about puberty.
Accessing Information
  • Demonstrate the intent to implement personal hygiene and healthy habits.
Self Management
  • Select their personal reasons for postponing sexual intercourse.
Analyzing Influences

LESSON 6: Social and Emotional Changes

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Identify social and emotional changes occurring during puberty.
Core Concepts
  • Describe normal variations in individual rates of change during puberty.
Core Concepts
  • Examine case studies and plan ways to respect a peer who is going through an awkward stage of puberty.

Analyzing Influences

Self Management

LESSON 7: Media Messages

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Critique advertisements and popular music for the presence of messages about sexuality.
Analyzing Influences
  • Compose advice for their peers to encourage accurate information and healthy behavior.

Accessing Information

Interpersonal Communication