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1.5: Letter to the Student

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

Dear Student:

Do you ever wonder about the changes that you see taking place in yourself and your friends? Do you want to know if what you are going through is normal? This unit, called Your Changing Body, will help you understand what the changes you will be experiencing over the next few years are, why they happen, and what the normal schedule is for them to occur.

The text will provide you with straightforward information about the physical changes of puberty. Some of the information deals with height and weight gain, the differences in rate of growth between males and females, the development of secondary sexual characteristics such as breasts and facial hair, and topics such as menstruation and nocturnal emissions.

Some of these issues are not always easy to talk about. However, the activities in the unit are created to make the discussions easier for you, and to give you a chance to share how you are feeling about the changes. You will have the opportunity to talk about the ground rules for discussing difficult topics. The activities and discussions you will conduct in this unit will help you learn that everyone experiences changes during puberty.

Remember, it is natural to be concerned and curious about the changes that are taking place in and around you. This is your chance to ask serious questions and to learn as much as you can about what is happening so that it will be easier for you to understand and deal with the changes you are experiencing. The changes you are experiencing are a natural part of the wonderful and amazing way that the human body develops and works.

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