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Sexual Health Education

6th Grade: Growth and Development

Health Education Standards

Standard 1: Essential Concepts

1.3.G  Identify the physical, social, and emotional changes that occur during puberty.

1.6.G  Recognize that there are individual differences in growth and development, physical appearance, and gender roles.

1.9.G  Explain that puberty and physical development can vary considerably and still be normal.

1.10.G 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

2.3.G  Discuss how changes during puberty affect thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

Standard 3: Accessing Valid Information

3.1.G  Recognize parents, guardians, and other trusted adults as resources for information about puberty.


Science Standards

MS-LS1-3. In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems. These subsystems are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs that are specialized for particular body functions. 


Focus question: How do body systems interact during puberty?


Stanley Middle School’s 6th grade Growth and Development Unit covers the topics below.  Please click on hyperlinks to review the unit’s content and activities.


  • Create comfortable environment - discuss agreements

    • Privacy, Listen, Respect, Scientific Language, Speak

  • The Interconnection of Body System during Puberty 

Lesson 2:

Lesson 3:

Additional Resources:

Strategies to Deal with the Physical Changes

Dealing with Changing Emotions

Dealing with Changing Relationships


Youth appropriate websites:

7th Grade: Growth and Development


California Health Content Standards

California Healthy Youth Act FAQ ACLU


Students will be able to:

  • Identify at parts of the biological male and female reproductive system.

  • Describe the functions of the parts of the biological male and female reproductive system.

  • Describe the process of human reproduction by identifying the correct order of steps involved in conception.

  • Define the terms sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Lesson Resources

Day 1:

  • Create a comfortable respectful environment; use of scientific terminology for anatomy and physiology of reproductive systems

  • Pre-instruction assessment; Discuss answers

  • Gender Roles Lesson Plan: Alberta Health Services Social Influences

Day 2:

  • Puberty and Endocrine System - Warm up to launch into the movie

  • Watch Body Story: Teen Dreams (45.31)

  • Record on T-chart role estrogen and testosterone play in reproductive system

  • Discuss

Day 3:

8th Grade: Comprehensive Sexual Health Education


California Health Education Standards: Growth, Development and Sexual Health

California Healthy Youth Act FAQ ACLU


Lesson Resources - Lessons will be selected from the following:

Unit 1(Science): Sexual Health

Part 1: Contraception, Pregnancy, Parenting

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the effectiveness and safety of all FDA‐approved contraceptive methods

  • Explain the importance of prenatal care

  • List all legally available pregnancy outcomes, including parenting, adoption, and abortion

  • Describe California’s Newborn Safe Surrender Law and minor health care rights

Part 1 Activities:


Part 2: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, HIV/AIDS

Students will be able to:

  • Describe the nature and transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

  • Explain HIV and STI prevention and treatment

  • Understand social views of HIV and AIDS, including stereotypes and myths HIV and AIDS Social Issues

  • List local resources

Part 2 Activities:

Unit 2 (History): Healthy Relationships

Students will be able to:

  • Practice identifying healthy and unhealthy characteristics in a relationship.

  • Understand the difference between flirting and hurting/sexual harassment

  • Define sexual assault, human trafficking, adolescent relationship abuse and intimate partner violence.

  • Understand the difference between biological gender, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Unit 2 Activities: