Teaching Tool - Puberty and the Reproductive System (Grade 5)

These resources teach students about changes that happen with the reproductive systems during puberty.

Learning goals

  • I will identify the parts for the two reproductive systems and their functions
  • I will describe the changes that happen to my body during puberty
  • I will understand the process of menstruation and spermatogenesis and explain how they relate to reproduction
  • I will describe the stresses that a person might experience during puberty
  • I will develop strategies for coping with the challenges faced during puberty

Core knowledge content

Core knowledge content provides the teacher with the background information needed to prepare and teach this health class.

Ontario curriculum expectations

Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education (2019)

  • D1.3 identify the parts of the reproductive system and describe how the body changes during puberty. This specific expectation is also connected to the social emotional learning expectation A1.5 Self.
  • D1.4 describe the processes of menstruation and spermatogenesis and explain how these processes relate to reproduction and overall development.
  • D2.5 describe emotional and interpersonal stresses related to puberty, recognize signs that could indicate mental health concerns and identify strategies that they can apply to manage stress, build resilience, keep open communication with family members and caring adults and enhance their mental health and emotional well-being. This specific expectation is also connected to the social emotional learning expectations A1.1 Emotions, 1.2 Coping, 1.4 Relationships and 1.5 Self.

Learning activities

Puberty presentation

This presentation is a review about puberty and the changes that kids might experience with their bodies during puberty.

Reproductive systems presentations

These presentations teach students about the different reproductive systems, the anatomy that people are born with and the changes that will happen to certain body parts during puberty.

Pregnancy presentation

This presentation teaches students how some changes during puberty help prepare a person's body for adulthood, such as pregnancy. The presentation focuses on menstruation, spermatogenesis, conception and fertilization.

What would you do?

During this activity, students will work through a scenario related to changes that happen during puberty. They will try to solve it by coming up with recommendations on what they would do.

Let's see what you remember

This activity wraps up the discussion on puberty. It will test students on their understanding of the changes that their bodies might be going through because of puberty.

Anatomy matching game

In this activity, students will match definitions and images of the reproductive systems for a person with a penis and for a person with a vagina.

Self-care collage

For this activity, students will find images of items used for self-care while going through puberty. They will then create a collage on either a poster, piece of paper, webpage or other type of media.

Question box / envelope

This activity gives students the opportunity to ask questions anonymously. The questions might be about things that they feel are awkward, embarrassing or uncomfortable to ask in front of their classmates.

Niagara Region Public Health videos

Supplementary resources

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