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Always Changing 5 th Grade Puberty Education Program. Approved by the CCSD B.O.E. 9/23/10. As you grow up, your body changes Changes in how you look and feel Timing is different for everyone – from 9-14 years old Each girl grows at her own pace Girls are usually 2 years ahead of boys.

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Always changing 5 th grade puberty education program
Always Changing5th Grade Puberty Education Program

Approved by the CCSD B.O.E. 9/23/10

Class overview

As you grow up, your body changes

Changes in how you look and feel

Timing is different for everyone – from 9-14 years old

Each girl grows at her own pace

Girls are usually 2 years ahead of boys

Class Overview

Class guidelines

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Be respectful of your peers

No personal stories

Use appropriate medical terms

Class Guidelines

Class agenda



Physical Changes

Emotional Changes


Feminine Protection

Personal Hygiene

Healthy Bodies


Class Agenda

Watch video stream
Watch Video Stream

Personal hygiene


Body produces more sweat; body odor

Bathe/shower daily with soap

Shampoo hair regularly, from root to tip

Control underarm odor and wetness with deodorant or antiperspirant

Change sweaty clothes

Personal Hygiene

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Skin Care

Oil glands in your skin become more active

Oil and dead skin cells lead to acne

Cleanse skin twice a day

Don’t worry; acne is a normal part of puberty, and steps can be taken to reduce it

Personal Hygiene

Healthy bodies

Stay active – exercise!

Eat nutritious foods

Regular bathing and dental care

Personal safety

Healthy Bodies

Puberty physical changes
Puberty:Physical Changes

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Stage One(up to ages 8-12):

Childhood stage; no visible signs of puberty

Stage Two(may begin at ages 8-14):

Height and weight increase rapidly

Breast buds

Pubic hair

Puberty:Physical Changes

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Stage Three(may begin at ages 9-15):

Height continues to increase

Breasts – rounder and fuller

Pubic hair – darker and thicker

Hips widen

Vaginal discharge

Menstruation for some girls

Puberty: Physical Changes

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Stage Four(may begin at ages 10-16):

Underarm hair

Nipple and areola more prominent

Pubic hair starts to form triangular patch

Menstruation for many girls

Stage Five(may begin at ages 12-19):

Breast development complete

Pubic hair forms thick triangular patch

Adult height probably reached

Menstruation occurs regularly

Puberty: Physical Changes

Puberty emotional changes

Feelings may change from day to day

Caused by hormones

Don’t worry; it’s all part of growing up!

Puberty: Emotional Changes

Puberty menstruation

Menstruation is part of the female reproductive process

Average 28-day cycle, but different for everyone

Your period is when you lose fluid at the end of the cycle

Puberty: Menstruation

Puberty female reproductive system
Puberty: Female Reproductive System

Puberty menstrual cycle
Puberty: Menstrual Cycle

Puberty periods

Usually last 3-7 days

Might not be regular at first

Only lose about 7 teaspoons of blood

It doesn’t hurt!

Puberty: Periods

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When Does My Period Start?

Usually between 10-16 years old

About 2 years after your breasts develop

Soon after you grow pubic hair

After you start to notice vaginal discharge

Puberty: Periods

Puberty calendar

Track your period on a calendar:

Puberty: Calendar

  • Visit for an online Period Predictor

Puberty cramps

What Are They?

Aches in the lower abdomen or along the inner thighs

What Can I Do?

Take a warm bath

Hold a heating pad on your lower stomach


Check with an adult before taking medication

Puberty: Cramps

Puberty feminine protection


Worn outside your body, in your underwear

Many different kinds, depending on heaviness of period and body size

Wings provide extra protection

Change frequently to keep fresh and dry

Puberty: Feminine Protection

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How to Use a Pad

Puberty: Feminine Protection

1. Pull off paper strip or wrapper.

2. Attach sticky part securely to center of underwear.

3. For wings, peel off paper strips and wrap around sides of underwear.

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How to Get Rid of Pads

Fold it up

Wrap it in tissue or toilet paper

Put it in the trash (special cans in ladies’ room)

Don’t flush pads down the toilet – they clog it!

Wash your hands

Puberty: Feminine Protection

Who to talk to

Family member: Your mom, aunt, grandma, older sister, or trusted adult etc.

Teacher or school nurse


Who to Talk To


Write question on a note card; fold it and place it in the Question Box

Everyone must write something on the notecard

All questions are good