What Is New in the 2015 Edition of Puberty: The Wonder Years?

Puberty: The Wonder Years 2015 still provides curriculum for three consecutive years for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students that focuses on two main goals:

  • Promoting appreciation and respect for the amazing changes experienced by self and others
  • Equipping young people to postpone sexual intercourse

Lessons continue to provide positive messages about sexuality and include assignments to initiate parent-child communication.

Changes:

  • Instead of one curriculum guide that includes lessons for all three grades, the lessons for each grade are in separate curriculum guides.
  • The curriculum is aligned and correlated to the National Health Education Standards, National Sexuality Education Standards, and Common Core Standards for English Language Arts; and it includes rubrics and other methods for assessing student learning.
  • Pre- and posttests are available for evaluating changes in student knowledge and skills.
  • Teachers are provided with access to a website where they receive full-color, animated slides to use with the lessons and masters for duplication.
  • Lessons include additional supports for teachers on sensitive topics.
  • Lessons are more inclusive.
  • Lessons address use of social media and technology.
  • Lessons incorporate more activities designed to engage male students.
  • Parent resources are now provided in English and Spanish.

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Grade 4 (six lessons):

  • Lessons have been updated and re-ordered.
  • A new lesson on hygiene has been added.
  • The lesson on social-emotional changes was moved to grade 5.

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Grade 5 (seven lessons):

  • Lessons have been updated and re-ordered.
  • A lesson on social-emotional changes was added (formerly in grade 4).

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Grade 6 (seven lessons, plus four optional lessons):

  • Lessons have been updated and re-ordered.
  • The lesson on genetics was made optional.
  • A new lesson on bullying prevention was added.
  • Peer advocacy has been added.
  • Optional lessons include genetics, refusal skills, and condom use. These may be ordered from the Companion Materials page.

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Companion Materials:

  • Optional Lessons for Grade 6 genetics, refusal skills, and condom use.
  • Student Assessment Surveys
  • Student Workbooks

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Puberty: The Wonder Years can be ordered online at www.PubertyCurriculum.com.

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