Puberty

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Puberty is the course of physical changes in a child's body, as it matures into an adult. The following links provide support and information for students to gain a further insight into this topic. SCIS 1698543 

See also: Teen issues


 

BBC – Human Body and Mind Puberty

On this BBC interactive site, users can explore how bodies change during puberty. Information focuses on the physiological changes that take place from child to adulthood.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary
www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/interactives/lifecycle/teenagers/


Childline

This UK based site offers a range of in-depth information on puberty. Childline provides both a ‘girl’ and ‘boy’ sections. Other related adolescent issues are also explored such as bullying, emotional health, sex and relationships.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.childline.org.uk/Explore/MyBody/Pages/PubertyBoys.aspx


Kids Health

Part of the Kids Health website. This page directly links to a vast range of topics related to the changing body and mind. Level appropriate content is organized under ‘Kids’ and ‘Teens’ tabs.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://kidshealth.org/kid/grow/


ManyAnswers

To discover information on the schoolwork site ManyAnswers use the search term puberty.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
http://manyanswers.co.nz/


Tween to Teens

This New Zealand site provides information on adolescence and the accompanying physiological developments. Material explains both physical and emotional changes as well as information and advice on the consequences of body change such as hygiene.

Suggested level: intermediate
www.kidspot.co.nz/subsection+488+Tweens-to-teens-Puberty-&-Change.htm


EPIC

The EPIC databases Encyclopedia Britannica Online School Edition, Health and Wellness and Science in Context all provide a range of information on puberty. A school log-on and password is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary
www.tki.org.nz/epic2


Books

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Sophie Hartley and the facts of life, by Stephanie Green, 2013 (junior fiction)
That’s why!, by Babette Cole, 2006 Babette Cole (picture book)
The Andy Flegg Survival Guide to losing your dog, your dad and your dignity in 138 days, by Mark Pardoe, 2013 (YA fiction)

Video

Inside Puberty: What are the stages of puberty. Watchwellcast. Youtube, 5:17.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rsj6dW6qKRc

The Story of Menstruation. Walt Disney. Youtube. 10:16
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLhld_PI2zg