The goal of this unit is to provide instruction that allows students to develop and sustain health-promoting behaviors throughout their life. The understanding and application of these standards will allow students the ability to gather, interpret, and understand health information; achieve health literacy; and adapt to the ever-evolving science of health. 

    As students move through this unit, they'll have the opportunity to analyze adolescent development, the process of fertilization, and healthy fetal development.

    There are two topics that will be covered in this unit: 

    • Puberty

    • Human Reproduction and Development

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    The Texas Essential knowledge and Skills (TEKS) states that the following information should be covered in the 6th Grade Science and/or Health classes and are addressed in a lesson titled, Human Growth and Development.

    Student Learning Targets:

    I can…

    • identify the anatomy of the male and female reproductive systems and describe the changes that occur during puberty. 

    • describe the process, characteristics, and variations of the menstrual cycle

    • analyze the role of hormones related to growth and development and puberty 

    • compare and contrast the physical, hormonal, and emotional changes in males and females that occur during puberty and adolescence 

    • describe how the rates and patterns of development during puberty can vary between individuals

    • describe the cellular process of fertilization in human reproduction

    • explain significant milestones of fetal development.

    • explain the harmful effects of certain substances such as alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, and environmental hazards such as lead on the fetus.

    • define the emotional changes that may occur during and after pregnancy, including postpartum depression, and discuss resources for support and treatment.