Growth and Development Education
5th & 6th Grade
Standard 1: Essential Concepts
Describe the human cycle of reproduction, birth, growth, aging, and death.
Explain the structure, function, and major parts of the human reproductive system.
Identify the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty.
Recognize that there are individual differences in growth and development, physical
appearance, and gender roles.
Recognize that everyone has the right to establish personal boundaries.
Recognize that friendship, attraction, and affection can be expressed in different ways.
Explain that puberty and physical development can vary considerably and still be normal.
Identify personal hygiene practices and health and safety issues related to puberty
(e.g., showering, use of sanitary products, deodorant, and athletic supporters).
Standard 2: Analyzing Influences
Discuss how changes during puberty affect thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Standard 3: Accessing Valid Information
Recognize parents, guardians, and other trusted adults as resources for information about
Standard 4: Interpersonal Communication
Use effective communication skills to discuss with parents, guardians, and other trusted
adults the changes that occur during puberty.
Demonstrate refusal skills to protect personal boundaries.