Pregnancy Stages Teacher Resources
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Reproduction, Day 2: Pregnancy
Nearly all high schoolers have seen pregnant women and may have questions about human development. Intended for secondary students with mild to moderate mental disabilities, this lesson plan defines the process of pregnancy in a developmentally appropriate way. They define the term pregnancy, sort a collection of images depicting pregnant and not pregnant women, brainstorm differences they see, then discuss fetal development. The Miracle of Life by NOVA is suggested viewing.
Pregnancy, day 1
A health instructional activity presents all aspects of conception and pregnancy. Fourth through sixth-graders define terms associated with pregnancy, label a chart of a woman, and discuss how pregnancy occurs. Some excellent activities and a wonderful worksheet are included in this impressive plan. Answers for the worksheet are available as well.
Pregnancy and Birth
Participants describe the process of pregnancy and childbirth. Working in pairs, they sequentially order a set of ten cards listing the steps of pregnancy and childbirth. After the cards are arranged correctly, each phase is discussed in detail. This activity contains sensitive material. Please review to determine its suitablility for your class.
Pregnancy and Parenting
Students investigate the possible consequences of practicing a lifestyle of being sexually active. They work in groups to have discussion using the IDEA Problem Solver handout. The statistics surrounding teen pregnancy are shared in order to help promote responsible sexual behavior.
Pregnancy, Day 1: The Developing Baby
Twenty-six pages of good information about pregnancy. Pictures and descriptions describe the moment the sperm and egg unite, and there are worksheets that students can complete. This is a pretty comprehensive lesson for one day. It might take more than one day if you cover all of the material.
Alcohol and Pregnancy Don't Mix!
Seventh graders learn about John Kellerman, a youngster who was born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. They learn how alcohol and pregnancy doesn't mix.
Human Embryo Development and Birth Defects
Open this lesson with a discussion on birth defects. Break the class into groups to visit a website and learn about what happens at each stage of human embryo and fetal development. Assign each group a particular birth defect to research and create a slide show to present to the rest of the class. Note that in Step three of the lesson plan, the PowerPoint that you are supposed to show is not included. There are, however, a student worksheet and group presentation grading rubric.
Seventh graders take a survey to determine their attitudes toward sexuality. In groups, they identify female and male reproductive organs and develop a list of secondary sex traits during puberty. They also discuss the stages of the menstrual cycle and how the fetus develops. To end the lesson, they discuss how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
HIV/AIDS: Basic Facts
Students investigate human sexuality by researching STD's. In this HIV lesson, students discuss the potential risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease such as HIV which can cause illness and death. Students assess their own pregnancy risk behavior and answer study questions regarding teen decision-making.
Responsibilities of Pregnancy and Parenting: Lesson 1
Ninth graders participate in an activity designed to increase their understanding and awareness of the difficulties and complexities of raising a child. They view and discuss an overhead "Babysitter Wanted." Students discuss their experiences with babysitting. They devise a schedule for looking after a six-month baby for a day. Students discuss their current knowledge of child care.
Human Sexuality (High School) - Lesson 7 / Conception
Young scholars examine conception, fetal development, birth defects, including the risk factors of pregnancy and the birth process. They study the changes a woman's body endures during the different stages of pregnancy.
Reproductive Health: Friendship, Marriage, Sex
Young scholars contrast friendships, dating, love, marriage and parenting, describe the reproductive systems and related disease prevention and define conception, contraception, abortion and pregnancy.
Life's Greatest Miracle
Students study/identify the effects of maternal consumption of alcohol at various stages of pregnancy. They study how a developing embryo needs a certain environment to evolve into a healthy fetus and healthy baby. They use the "Developmental Chart" and "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Facts" handouts to answer the questions on the "Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Facts"
Maternal and Infant Nutrition
Students study the importance of prenatal care, weight gain, a healthy diet and the dangers of using drugs while pregnant. In this infant nutrition instructional activity students examine all the aspects of pregnancy.
Moms and Babies
Students identify the developmental stages of babies. In this adult health lesson, students arrange given foods in order of which they would start giving their children first. They discuss ways to take care of their health and well being after pregnancy.
Teaching Human Sexuality in the Social Studies Classroom
Ninth graders examine the social problem of teenage mothers. In groups, they examine the consequences of a teenage pregnancy and how it can be considered a breakdown in family structure. They discuss the physical changes during adolescence and define new vocabulary. To end the lesson, they read an article and make up their own questions to fiction stories and answer them from another point of view.
Health: Symptoms and Stages of Pregnancy
Young scholars examine the growth and changes that occur during the three trimesters of pregnancy. Issues such as toxemia and spontaneous abortion are also considered. In groups, students rotate to various stations exploring aspects related to pregnancy, health, and child care.
Students view a PowerPoint presentation about pregnancy. They work in groups to complete activities at each of six stations. Students create a baby from clay dough. They use construction paper to design a quilt square. Students complete a journal writing exercise to summarize new information.
Stages of Fetal Development
Tenth graders gain a better understanding of the biological processes of a fetus. They study step by step what occurs during a pregnancy.
Words In The News
Students discuss human pregnancy, average weight, length and premature birth rates. They review new vocabulary and read a text about the premature birth of a baby and then answer a given set of questions to check for reading comprehension.