Educator Resources for Menstrual Cycle

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What exactly is a period and why do girls get it? Like many of the changes that happen during puberty, menstruation can feel stressful at first. But don't worry. Cassie and Rita are here to break down the stages of the menstrual cycle and to put your mind at ease! During puberty, chemicals called hormones trigger changes in the body. In females, those changes include the release of eggs from organs called ovaries. An egg travels to the uterus, where, if fertilized by a sperm cell, it can grow into a fetus. But first, the lining of the uterus thickens to give the egg something to attach to. If the egg isn't fertilized, the body gets rid of that extra tissue. That's a period! During this time, women might experience symptoms like cramps, pimples, or mood changes. It's all a normal part of growing up! So, whether you’re worried or nervous or even excited to get your period, or you’re just curious about how it works, press "Play" to learn all about it.

Lesson Plans

Make-a-Map Lesson Plan: Life Cycle

Grade Levels: 3-5, K-3

Menstrual Cycle Lesson Plan: Make a Movie

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
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