Growth and Development

Puberty, hygiene and body image are normal parts of being human and topics we need to discuss to make students comfortable with changes happening to their bodies. There are many resources available to help ease the conversation. If you are looking for tips on how to address certain issues or topics, reach out to the school health team using our request form.

Puberty

  • Always Changing is a puberty education and healthy active living program for students in grades 5 though 8. Curriculum includes learning plans and printable worksheets from Physical and Health Education Canada (PHE Canada) and Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association).
  • Beyond the Basics is a resource for educators on sexuality and sexual health. It offers tools to teach young people from a sex positive, human rights perspective. Topics range from anatomy, to consent, and health relationships. Content is written to easily move in and out of chapters, modules, and activities suited to particular ages, maturity and trust in each classroom. (NOTE: requires a one time fee for purchase.)
  • Differing Abilities: Puberty & Hygiene [PDF] is one of the many lesson plans and answers key available from the Teaching Sexual Health portal.
  • Puberty is a student-friendly resource from Sex and U that provides a summary of puberty changes to the male and female bodies.

Hygiene

Body Image

  • Dove Confident Me is a 5-session program that is available for free from Ophea (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association). It covers self-confidence and body image, and how media can influence both.
  • MediaSmarts provides resources for teachers | body image that include activities on teaching about body image and advertising messages using videogames and media.