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Ch 15: Biological Development in Psychology Lesson Plans

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The Biological Development in Psychology chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the concepts of biological growth and development in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Biological Development in Psychology chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Prenatal development; principles of growth and development Germinal, embryonic and fetal periods; cephalo-caudal, proximodistal and orthogenetic principles
Tuesday Prenatal brain development and the prenatal environment Brain development during the three trimesters of pregnancy; potential hazards to prenatal development
Wednesday Prenatal links and the perinatal environment Impact of a mother's physical state and emotional state on prenatal development; stages of labor; potential hazards during birth
Thursday Neonatal environment; newborn growth and development The neonatal period; Apgar tests; newborn reflexes; developmental milestones
Friday Sexual development in adolescents; physical, psychological and emotional changes in adults Puberty; primary and secondary sex characteristics; three stages of adult development

10 Lessons in Chapter 15: Biological Development in Psychology Lesson Plans
Prenatal Stages and Development: Germinal, Embryonic & Fetal Period

1. Prenatal Stages and Development: Germinal, Embryonic & Fetal Period

In the 9 months before a baby is born, there is an enormous amount of prenatal development. In this lesson, you will explore the following stages of prenatal development: the germinal period, the embryonic period, and the fetal period.

Principles of Growth and Development

2. Principles of Growth and Development

Is there a pattern to how human growth and development takes place? This lesson will examine some universal principles of growth and development in order to help you find the answer to this question.

Prenatal Stages of Brain Development

3. Prenatal Stages of Brain Development

The prenatal brain develops at an amazing speed. This lesson provides an overview of this brain development throughout the three trimesters of pregnancy and highlights key stages.

The Prenatal Environment and Hazards to Healthy Prenatal Development

4. The Prenatal Environment and Hazards to Healthy Prenatal Development

In this lesson, learn about the prenatal environment and what can be harmful to prenatal development. Learn about the hazards of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, disease and environmental pollutants during pregnancy.

The Impact of Mother's Emotional and Physical State on the Prenatal Environment

5. The Impact of Mother's Emotional and Physical State on the Prenatal Environment

An unborn child and its mother are connected both physically and emotionally. Learn how prenatal development is affected by both the emotional and physical state of the mother in this lesson.

The Perinatal Environment and Potential Hazards During the Birth Process

6. The Perinatal Environment and Potential Hazards During the Birth Process

What does perinatal mean? What happens during the birth process? What are some things that can go wrong? You will find the answers to these questions and more in this lesson!

The Neonatal Environment: Definition & Apgar Test

7. The Neonatal Environment: Definition & Apgar Test

The neonatal period lasts from birth until four weeks old. Care during this period is essential to healthy development. In this lesson, explore the neonatal environment and learn how the Apgar test is used to assess newborn functioning.

The Newborn: Capabilities, Growth, and Developmental Milestones

8. The Newborn: Capabilities, Growth, and Developmental Milestones

Newborn growth and development is an amazing process! In this lesson, you will discover how babies learn, when they acquire certain abilities, and what reflexes they are born with.

Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

9. Sexual Development and Maturation of the Adolescent

In this lesson, explore the changes that take place during puberty. You will meet Dick and Jane as they experience these changes, and you will be able to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.

Physical, Psychological and Emotional Changes in Adults

10. Physical, Psychological and Emotional Changes in Adults

As an adult you establish a unique identity, reach the proverbial midlife crisis, and eventually succumb to old age. In this lesson, learn about the physical, psychological, and emotional changes that take place along this journey.

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