Grade 4 Synopsis

“I Wonder How Things Work” begins by reminding students how much they have grown and changed since they were born, and how much more growing and changing lies ahead. Guidelines for a safe and productive classroom climate are introduced, and prior knowledge about puberty is assessed. Students identify positive qualities about their families and the roles family members fill. They compare and contrast animal and human families. Students identify the normal social, emotional, and physical changes that occur during puberty and how individuals develop at different rates. The reproductive system is introduced. The unique hygiene needs that come with puberty are described. Students practice communication skills with their family members and peers. The emphasis is on communication with parents and other trusted adults about puberty.

Teaching-Learning Goals

  • Students will communicate with parents and other trusted adults about growing up.
  • Students will identify the role of families in nurturing children.
  • Students will explain how animal and human life begins.
  • Students will describe the natural changes that occur during puberty.
  • Students will propose ways to care for their skin, hair, and nails as they mature.

Student Learning Objectives – Grade 4

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LESSON 1: A Climate for Growth

Students will:

National Health
Education Standards

  • Test what they already know about puberty.
Core Concepts
  • Propose guidelines for discussions during the puberty lessons.
Interpersonal Communication
  • Plan ways to initiate communication with their parents regarding
    growing up.
Accessing Information

Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 2: Families and Roles

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Relate positive qualities they admire in their families.
Core Concepts
  • Improve communication skills with their families.
Interpersonal Communication
  • Examine sex roles, sex role expectations, stereotypes, and ways they
    can affect people.
Analyzing Influences

LESSON 3: New Life

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Examine a variety of ways animals reproduce themselves.
Core Concepts
  • Explain that fertilization must occur for a new life to begin.
Core Concepts
  • Compare and contrast animal families and human families.
Core Concepts
  • Explain the reasons to wait until adulthood before having a baby
    and making a life-long commitment to being a parent.
Self Management

LESSON 4: Growing Up Male

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Identify additional changes that occur in males during puberty.
Core Concepts
  • Define the structures and functions of the male reproductive system.
Core Concepts
  • Practice their communication skills by talking with their parents or
    other trusted adult about puberty.

Accessing Information

Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 5: Growing Up Female

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Identify additional changes that occur in females during puberty.
Core Concepts
  • 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.

Accessing Information

Interpersonal Communication

LESSON 6: Changes in the Skin

Students will: National Health
Education Standards
  • Summarize challenges in caring for their skin, hair, and nails during
    puberty.
Core Concepts
  • Propose ways to care for their skin, hair, and nails as they mature.
Self Management

 

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What educators are saying

“My students had lots of questions! They thanked me for being willing to teach them about what is happening to them.”

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Mike B., Lansing School District

“Puberty: The Wonder Years doesn’t just stick to puberty. The curriculum also includes lessons on topics that I think are necessary, such as bullying and social-emotional components. There’s also a lot of scripting for really good conversation and prompts for the teachers.”

Tim Kordic, Project Advisor for Sexual Health & HIV Prevention, Los Angeles Unified School District

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Wendy receives her award from the American School Health Association