ESP Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan contains activities for teachers to assign to students that teach them about extrasensory perception. Students will read about various types of ESP and identify examples of each.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define various types of ESP
  • Provide examples that describe types of ESP


This lesson will take approximately 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.


Compare the point of view of two or more authors for how they treat the same or similar topics, including which details they include and emphasize in their respective accounts.


  • clairvoyance
  • extrasensory perception
  • mediumship
  • precognition
  • psychometry
  • retrocognition
  • telepathy

Lesson Instructions

Materials needed:

Activate prior knowledge by having students write a 5 minute quick write about everything they know about ESP.

Watch the lesson Extrasensory Perception: Definition, Types & Examples as a class. Pause at 1:36. Ask students the following question:

  • What is extrasensory perception?

Develop a class definition of ESP and display it.

Have students turn and talk with a partner about the following:

  • Do you believe in ESP? Why?
  • Describe a personal experience with ESP if applicable.

Watch the remainder of the video.

Have students create a chart that defines and gives examples of telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, retrocognition, mediumship, and psychometry.

Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.

ESP Commercials

Materials needed: video equipment, computer with editing software

  • Divide students into small groups.
  • Assign each group to one of the following types of extrasensory perception: telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, retrocognition, mediumship, and psychometry.
  • Have each group write a script for a commercial in which they will sell their assigned type of extrasensory perception for profit. The script should include the following:
    • definition
    • example of usage
    • benefit to customers
  • Have each group video tape their commercial and then share with the class.

Compare Point of View

Materials needed: video clip of psychic, video clip of exposure of a psychic scam

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