Puberty is an exciting and potentially confusing time for young people. Willing to Wait offers the Healthy Me, Healthy Relationships program for schools to serve 4th and either 5th or 6th grades.
Lessons in Healthy Me, Healthy Relationships are aligned to the State of Michigan’s Grade Level Competency Expectations (Strands 6 and 7).
Puberty & Personal Hygiene
- Explain that puberty and development can vary considerably and still be normal (7.1)
- Identify personal hygiene practices and health/safety issues during puberty (e.g., showering, deodorant, use of sanitary products, and athletic supporters). (7.2)
- Describe social changes during puberty (e.g., changes in friendships, crushes/attractions, and changing expectations of parents/adults). (7.3)
- Describe physical changes that occur during puberty (e.g., body hair, body odor, voice, body shape, strength, hormones, and menstruation). (7.5)
- Develop plans to maintain personal hygiene during puberty. (7.7)
Fifth or Sixth Grade
Session One | Self-Esteem
- Define self-esteem.
- Explain how self-esteem affects the choices people make.
- Identify reasons why it is important to have positive self-esteem.
- Identify and creatively display six positive qualities about themselves.
Session Two | HIV & AIDS
- Define HIV & AIDS (6.1)
- Explain that it is safe to be a friend of someone who is living with HIV or AIDS (6.2)
- Describe how HIV is and is not transmitted. (6.3)
- Describe ways people can protect themselves from infection with serious blood-borne communicable diseases, including not touching blood, not touching used needles, and not having sex. (6.4)
Session Three | Puberty (Male/Female Split)
(Male anatomy is discussed with male students, and female anatomy is discussed with female students. Schools may have all students taught together if they prefer.)
- Explain that males and females develop at different rates, and there are wide variations within each sex. (7.1)
- Explain social changes during puberty (e.g., changes in friendships, crushes/attractions, and changing expectations of parents/adults). (7.2)
- Explain emotional changes during puberty (e.g., mood shifts). (7.3)
- Explain physical changes that occur during puberty (e.g., body hair, body odor, voice, body shape, strength, hormones, and menstruation). (7.4)
- Define and identify basic male and female reproductive anatomy using scientific names. (7.5)
- Define the functions of sperm and egg cells in human reproduction. (7.8)
- Describe how sperm cells are produced. (7.7)
- Describe the menstrual cycle and its potential for human reproduction. (7.8)
- Describe the functions of basic male and female reproductive anatomy. (7.9)
Session Four | Internet Safety & Influences
- Describe safety hazards, including those related to using the Internet. (4th grade 3.1)
- Apply strategies to stay safe when using the Internet. (4th grade 3.11)
- Explain how culture, media, and others influence what one thinks about oneself and relationships.(7.11)