Puberty Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Take the fear out of teaching your students about puberty with our informative lesson plan. In it, find a text lesson that walks students through the signs and stages of puberty and a flashcard activity to help make learning fun.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'puberty'
  • outline the physical process of puberty in terms of human development
  • list key facts about the stages of puberty

Length

1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.3

Identify key steps in a text's description of a process related to history/social studies (e.g., how a bill becomes law, how interest rates are raised or lowered).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Materials

  • A worksheet created using the quiz associated with this lesson.
  • Index cards
  • Two noisemakers such as buzzers from board games or small service bells

Key Vocabulary

  • Puberty
  • Stage one of puberty
  • Prepubertal
  • Stage two of puberty
  • Stage three of puberty
  • Stage four of puberty
  • Stage five of puberty

Instructions

  • Begin by writing the word 'puberty' on the board.
  • Ask the students to write a definition for 'puberty.'
  • When all students have an original definition, ask them to share them with the class. Write key ideas form the student definitions on the board.
  • Now have the class read the introduction and 'Defining Puberty' sections of the text lesson What is Puberty? - Stages, Changes & Growth.
  • Review the definitions of puberty with the class before proceeding.
  • Now have them read the 'Stages and Changes' section of the text lesson.
  • As they are reading, write the key vocabulary terms on the board.
  • Review each term with the class when all students have finished reading.
  • Pass out seven index cards to each student.
  • Instruct them to use what they learned about puberty in the text lesson to write one fact/clue on each card about each of the key vocabulary terms listed on the board.
  • When each of the students has written one fact/clue about each of the terms on their index cards, have them flip each card over and write the term that corresponds to the fact.
  • Have the students set their cards aside for a moment.
  • Ask the class to read the rest of the text lesson now.
  • Pass out the worksheet and have the class complete it before moving on. Ask students to set the worksheet aside for the end of class.

Discussion Questions

  • Why might puberty occur earlier in females?
  • Does everyone finish growing and developing by age 16? Why or why not?

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