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Always Changing 5 th Grade Puberty Education Program. 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 usually 2 years ahead of boys. Class Guidelines.

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class overview
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 usually 2 years ahead of boys
class guidelines
Class Guidelines
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Be respectful of your peers
  • No personal stories
  • Use appropriate medical terms
class agenda
Class Agenda
  • Video
  • Puberty
    • Physical Changes
    • Emotional Changes
    • Menstruation / Cramps
    • Feminine Protection
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Healthy Bodies
  • Questions
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Puberty:Physical Changes

Stage One(up to ages 8-12):

  • Childhood stage; no visible signs of puberty

Stage Two(may begin ages 8-14):

  • Height and weight increase rapidly
  • Breast buds
  • Pubic Hair
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Puberty: Physical Changes

Stage Three(may begin ages 9-15):

  • Height continues to increase
  • Breasts - rounder and fuller
  • Pubic hair - darker and thicker
  • Hips widen
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Menstruation for some girls
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Puberty: Physical Changes

Stage Four(may begin 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 ages 12-19):

  • Breast development complete
  • Pubic hair forms thick triangular patch
  • Adult height probably reached
  • Menstruation occurs regularly
puberty emotional 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 menstruation
Puberty: Menstruation
  • Menstruation is part of the female reproductive process
  • Average 28-day cycle, but different for everyone
  • Period is when you loose fluid at end of the cycle
puberty periods
Puberty: Periods
  • Usually lasts 3-7 days
  • Might not be regular at first
  • Only loose about 7 teaspoons of blood
  • It doesn’t hurt!
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Puberty: Periods

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 calendar
Puberty: Calendar
  • Track your period on a calendar
  • Visit for an online Period Predictor
puberty cramps
Puberty: Cramps

What are they?

  • Ache or cramp in the lower abdomen or along the inner thighs

What can I do?

  • Take a warm bath
  • Hold a heating pad on lower stomach
  • Exercise
  • Check with an adult before taking medication
puberty feminine protection
Puberty: Feminine Protection
  • Pantiliners
  • Pads
  • Tampons
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Puberty: Feminine Protection


  • Worn outside your body, in your underwear
  • Use:
    • When period is light
    • As tampon back-up
    • In between periods to absorb discharge and help keep you fresh every day
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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
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Puberty: Feminine Protection

How to use a pad

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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Puberty: Feminine Protection

How to get rid of pads

  • Fold it up
  • Wrap in tissue or toilet paper
  • Put in trash (special cans in ladies room)
  • Don’t flush down toilet – they clog it!
  • Wash your hands
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Puberty: Feminine Protection


  • Worn inside your body in your vagina to absorb menstrual flow
  • Range of absorbencies
  • Good for swimming and gymnastics
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Safety information inside box
personal hygiene
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 anti-perspirant
  • Change sweaty clothes
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Personal Hygiene


  • 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
healthy bodies
Healthy Bodies
  • Stay active – exercise!
  • Eat nutritious foods
  • Regular bathing and dental care
  • Personal safety
who to talk to
Who To Talk To
  • Family Member: Mom, Dad, Aunt, Grandma, etc

- Mother/Daughter booklet

  • Teacher or School Nurse
  • Doctor
  • Trusted Adult
  • Write question on notecard, fold it and place in Question Box
  • Everyone must write something on the notecard
  • All questions are good
most common questions from beinggirl com
Most Common Questions from
  • What is the white stuff in my underwear?
  • What can I do about cramps?
  • How can I prevent leaks when my flow is irregular?
  • Why is my cycle irregular?
  • Why do I have cramps this bad?
  • What are the chunks of blood mixed in with my regular period?
  • Is it normal to have such a heavy flow?
  • Is it uncomfortable to insert a tampon?
  • Is it safe to use a scented tampon?