Cognitive Skills in Children Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are cognitive skills and how are they measured in children? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explore key concepts related to cognition. An activity challenges students to create a plan to assess cognitive development in children.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'cognition'
  • list examples of cognitive skills
  • discuss the role attention plays in cognition
  • explain how memory impacts cognition
  • summarize the relationship between thinking and cognition
  • analyze strategies for improving cognition in children

Length

45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.3

Evaluate various explanations for actions or events and determine which explanation best accords with textual evidence, acknowledging where the text leaves matters uncertain.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including analyzing how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.11-12.8

Evaluate an author's premises, claims, and evidence by corroborating or challenging them with other information.

Materials

  • Photographs of a baby, a toddler, a school-aged child, and an adolescent
  • Paper copies of the worksheet from the associated video lesson

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