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Always Changing Puberty Education for 4 th Graders. Your body may be changing Timing is different for everyone – from 9-14 years old Girls are usually 2 years ahead of boys Each girl grows at her own pace. Class Overview. Don’t be afraid to ask questions Be respectful of your peers

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class overview
Your body may be changing

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

Girls are usually 2 years ahead of boys

Each girl grows at her own pace

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


Feminine Protection/Cramps

Emotional Changes

Personal Hygiene


Personal Safety


Class Agenda
puberty what happens first
Breast buds appear

Pubic hair in private places

Height and weight increase rapidly

Puberty:What Happens First?
puberty then what
Hips widen

Vaginal discharge

Menstruation may occur

Puberty: Then What?
what is 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

What Is Menstruation?


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
puberty periods1
Feminine Protection Options

- Pads

- Pantiliners

- Tampons


Talk to your mom, older sister, school nurse or another trusted adult to help you choose the right form of protection when the time comes.

puberty cramps
What are they?

- Pains in the lower abdomen or inner thighs

What can I do to relieve cramps?

- Take a warm bath

- Hold a heating pad on your lower stomach

- Exercise

- Check with an adult before taking


Puberty: Cramps
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
personal hygiene

Your body produces more sweat, resulting in body odor

Controlling Body Odor

Bathe/shower daily with soap

Use deodorant or antiperspirant

Put on clean clothes and socks, especially after gym class or sports practice

Personal Hygiene
personal hygiene1
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

Personal Hygiene
Eat healthy foods that help your body grow

Calcium and iron are important minerals

during puberty

Daily recommended caloric intake for active

girls your age is 1,800 calories

The USDA recommends the following

servings from each food group per day:

- 6 oz of grains

- 2.5 cups of vegetables

- 1.5 cups of fruit

- 3 cups of milk or other dairy products

- 5 oz of meat and beans

Minimize fats, oils and sweets

Stay active and exercise!

personal safety
Dealing with uncomfortable situations

Protective gear for injury prevention

Staying safe

Personal Safety
Write question on a notecard, fold it, and place it in the Question Box

Everyone must write something on the notecard

All questions are good

frequently asked questions
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?

What are the chunks of blood mixed in with my

regular period?

Is it normal to have such a heavy flow?

Frequently Asked Questions