Growth and Development Teacher Resources
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Students brainstorm about the physical, emotional, and social developmental milestones of human beings. They complete a timeline as a class that begins with birth and ends with death. Students identify whether each milestone is physical, emotional, social, or a combination. They are explained that psychologists have studied the relationships between these milestones of human aging and emotional and social development.
Growth Stages 1: Infancy and Early Childhood
Students explore biology by completing a human growth worksheet. In this child development lesson, students read assigned text about the human birth process and the ideal growth patterns for a child. Students answer study questions about children and complete a "Birth to 5 Years Old" worksheet.
World Consumption: Unequal Slices of the Pie
Students interpret the United Nations Human Development Reports and explain the relevance and use of the human development index in offering insight into a nation and its challenges. They draft a letter to the United Nations.
Monkey See, Monkey Do
Students consider the influence of bullies and map the social ecosystem of their schools. They create lifelines that compare baboon and human development and write an essay that considers the relationship between psychosocial development and progress.
Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence
Students become familiar with body changes during puberty. In this stages of human development lesson, students review the stages of development from 1-5. Students read an article called I'm Growing but Am I Normal? and discuss the information in the article. Students view a sheet about changes during puberty and answer questions.
Planet Earth: Almost 6 Billion Served
Students investigate the global population explosion, by comparing India's and China's population control efforts and results. They interpret the UN's Human Development Report, and conduct research on another highly-populated country.
Human Development: The First Trimester & Developmental Malformations
Students, analyze and discuss cleft lip, cleft palate, anencephaly, spina bifida and septal defects in the heart--well-known malformations that can occur in the first trimester of prenatal devalopment. They play the review game, Fetal Pursuit.
Stages of Life
Young scholars investigate the eight stages of human development. For this stages of life lesson students discuss as a class the stages and complete an activity.
Ages in Stages: An Exploration of the Life Cycle based on Erik Erikson's Eight Stages of Human Development
Examine Erikson's chart on the various stages one goes through growing up. Individually, they write a paper on whether or not they fit into those categories and how they are different today. In groups, for each stage they role play the role of someone in that stage in front of the class.
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With this animated, storybook-style application, journey through the phenomenal processes of fertilization, gestation, and human development.
Reaching New Heights
Students consider the impact of genetics on a person's intelligence and appearance. After reading an article, they examine the controversy over using human growth hormones. They debate the approval of using the hormone to increase the heights of short children. They also write an essay arguing for or against the use of the drug.
The Way We Were: Embryological Development and Disease
High schoolers use microscopes to study live fish embryos and animated diagrams of cell division on the Internet. They see that scientists rely on technology to enhance the gathering and manipulation of data. They create web pages on cloning.
Young scholars discover some of the ways the developing world is vulnerable to the impact and effects of natural disasters. They investigate some "natural disaster hotspots" around the globe and assess how vulnerable these areas are.
Bipedalism: Did Hominids Ride Bikes?
Students examine the life and career of paleoanthropologist Zeray Alemseged and the concept of how bipedalism influenced the development of hominids. They view an online profile, participate in and discuss a mini class obstacle course, complete an online interactive activity, and create a poster illustrating the similarities and differences between apes and humans.
Intergenerational Friendship Photo Album
Eighth graders use the camera to express their feelings and communicate their ideas about the topic of gerontology. They also keep journals about their experiences with their photographic partners at the home.
Parenting - Discipline and Guidance
Students learn the meaning/purpose of discipline and the various parenting types leading to obedience or self-discipline.
Energy in Society
Students explain the importance of energy in our lives. In this physics lesson, students discuss the law of conservation of energy. They assess the pros and cons of using fossil fuels.
The Human Reproductive System
Students identify the parts of a male and female reproductive system and what the jobs of those parts are. In this reproduction lesson plan students describe some reproductive technologies.
Simulation of Gene Splicing
Students use the exercise as a prelude to a "wet" lab or as a substitute for such a lab. It correlates well with colony transformation labs. This lab is recommended for students what have difficulty with the abstractions that genetic engineering involves.
Growing in Communities, Kids on the Grow
Students participate in an after school program that promotes concern for others, recognizing differences, accepting differences, leadership roles, mentoring, self-responsibility and personal safety. They explore the diversity of their community and prepare to put on a neighborhood Olympics.