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​​​​​​​​​​​​Kindergarten to Grade 3 students are very curious about how living things grow and mature. Most are ready to describe their own physical characteristics including their own body parts and functions as well as the five senses. Becoming more aware of their surroundings, students describe ways people are different or the same and identify trusted adults who promote healthy growth and development.​

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Curriculum and Lessons

PBS Learning Media: Birth Growth, and Development Lesson

In this lesson, students come to understand that all living things have a life cycle that includes being born, developing into an adult, reproducing, and eventually dying. Lesson for grades K-2.​

Book List


1st Grade

3rd Grade

Classroom Activities

  • Sing the “Skeleton Dance” or the “Hokey Pokey” song while pointing to corresponding body parts.
  • Create an “I Am Me” life-size cutout for each student to decorate and personalize.
  • Have students create anatomy flipbooks that display various internal and external organs.​


​Partnering with the Family​​

  • Families are encouraged to help reinforce that every child has similarities but is also unique and special​.
  • Families are encouraged to share their own experiences with growth and development​. 
  •  Families are encouraged to set a foundation for dialogue at this early age to establish a comfortable rapport between students and their parents, caretakers, or guardians as ​they encounter more complex subjects related to growth and development.​​​

​​Partnering with your School​​​​​​​​

  • Host a classroom open house for other grades to come visit the class pets or plants and hear students talk about the life cycle.
    *Be sure to check for pet allergies before having a class pet or inviting other students to a room with a pet. Also, follow school and district allergy and animal policy.
  • In classrooms that can not have pets, student drawings and photo collages of pets can be displayed.
  • Host a Healthy Apple Campaign where students create and decorate apple cut-outs identifying healthy behaviors and place them around the school.

​​Partnering with your Community​​

  • ​In​vite guest speakers who defy traditional gender roles that include individuals of all genders, including people who are transgender​.
  • Students can write and illustrate a collective letter inviting health care works to speak in the classroom. 
  • Partner with local dentists who provide free, preventive services. 
  • School nurses can provide mandated vision and hearing assessments for all kindergarteners. 
  • In person or virtual field trip to local farm, zoo, or aquarium to see how living things grow and mature​.
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