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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.
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.
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.
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.
Students become familiar with body changes during puberty. In this stages of human development instructional activity, 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.
Students investigate the eight stages of human development. In this stages of life lesson students discuss as a class the stages and complete an activity.
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.
High schoolers, 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.
Students 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.
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.
Students 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.
Students explore biology by completing a human growth worksheet. In this child development instructional activity, 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.
High schoolers examine the impact that human development has on streams. In this stream sampling lesson students compare macroinvertebrate data and graph it.
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.
Students examine gender biases. In this educational issues lesson plan, students participate in activities that require them to analyze gender issues in the classroom and challenge to break out of the mode.
Three-dimensional animation zooms in on human development as it begins in the female ovaries. The animated egg changes and forms as you watch it travel down the fallopian tube into the uterus.
Students in an alternative school setting for pregnant teens examine various facets of pregnancy including prenatal and postpartum testing, genetic influences, and additional risk factors. Through videos, hands-on activities, and small group discussions, they gain insights into the genetics of human development, birth defects, and other related topics. Activities include: constructing cell models and creating pregnancy timelines.
Pupils identify their feelings and learn constructive ways of handling conflict. In this conflict lesson students discuss their feelings and when they are feeling a certain way what they can do to remedy the situation.
Eleventh graders are introduced to the hardships women are facing to the projects of a variety of organizations. They assess Canada's participation in world affairs with reference to human rights and modern conflicts. Pupils compare Canada's standard of living with those of developing countries, with reference to poverty and key indicators of human development.
Ninth graders use maps to identify landscape regions and drainage patterns producing the Black River. They create PowerPoint presentations pertaining to the Black River watershed, its geologic history and highlighting safe rafting procedures.