"All About Puberty," Kids Health (The Nemours Foundation, 2012), http://kidshealth.org/kid/grow/body_stuff/puberty.html (accessed April 23, 2012). A puberty site for kids. This site is great for students who are below reading level.
"Brain's Puberty Switch: Neuroendocrinologists Unlock Chemical Trigger to Puberty," Daily Science, last modified May 1, 2006, http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2005/0512-brains_puberty_switch.htm. Researchers believe that a chemical trigger in the brain could be the trigger for puberty.
"Daily Food Plan," United States Department of Agriculture, last modified March 1, 2012, http://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate/index.aspx. A kid-friendly, interactive website that allows students the opportunity to receive a custom food plan based on their age, height, weight, and physical activity using the government dietary guidelines.
Inside Words: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary, Grades 4-12
. Portland: Stenhouse Publishers, 2007. See pages 43-47 for background on the Frayer Model, as an instructional strategy for teaching academic vocabulary.
On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow! A "What's Happening to My Body?"
Book for Younger Boys.
New York: New Market Press, 2008. A book written for boys ages 8 to 11 that does a fantastic job answering the questions and clarifying misconceptions that younger boys might have about puberty.
Madaras, L. Ready, Set, Grow! A "What's Happening to My Body?" Book for Younger Girls. New York: New Market Press, 2003. A book written for girls ages 8 to 11 that addresses concerns and questions that young girls have about their changing bodies.
Madaras, L. The "What's Happening to My Body" Book for Boys
. New York: New Market Press, 2007. A growing-up guide written for boys ages 10 and up that covers everything from growth spurts and voice changes, to reproductive organs and female puberty.
Madaras, L. The
"What's Happening to My Body" Book for Girls.
New York: New Market Press, 2007. A growing-up guide written for girls ages 10 and up that covers everything from growth spurts and breast development, to periods and male puberty.
"Maturation of the Prefrontal Cortex." The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, last modified June 8, 2012. http://www.hhs.gov/opa/familylife/tech_assistance/etraining/adolescent_brain/Development/prefrontal_cortex/index.html#fn2. This article describes how the adolescent brain matures into the adult brain explaining "risky-behavior" in teens.
Mayo Clinic Staff.
Exercise for weight loss: Calories burned in 1 hour.
(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2012).
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/SM00109 (last modified December 1, 2011). An article describing calorie expenditure for various exercises.
Neinstein L.S. and Kaufman F.R., chapter 1: Normal Physical Growth and Development from Neinstein L.S. Adolescent Health Care: A Practical Guide, 4th edition,
"Puberty: Brain Changes, Strange Changes." PBS Kids Go! It's My Life (CastleWorks, Inc., 2005), http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/body/puberty/article6.html (accessed May 4, 2012). This article addresses the moods and emotions of young teenagers and the relation to hormones in the brain. Other articles under the puberty section might be helpful to read.
"Sexual Health," Sexual Health (The Nemours Foundation, 2012), http://kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/ (accessed April 23, 2012). A puberty site for teens. This site is great for students who are at or above reading level.
"Your Muscles," Kids Health (The Nemours Foundation, 2012),
http://kidshealth.org/kid/htbw/muscles.html# (accessed April 23, 2012). A muscle site for kids.
"What's Happening to My Body?," The America Academy of Pediatrics, last modified May 1, 2012, http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/puberty/pages/Whats-Happening-to-my-Body.aspx âé¨Information on puberty handout from American Academy of Pediatric.