Ch 6: Cognition and Cognitive Development Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Cognition and Cognitive Development chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about the development of cognitive processes over time 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 Cognition and Cognitive Development 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Attention and information processing Describe the concept of attention, identify the ways that attention levels change with age, go over the different stages of information processing, and analyze the relationship between the stages of information processing and human development
Tuesday Play as a necessity Identify play types and go over the differences between types
Wednesday Cognitive development: Infants, children, and adolescents Sensorimotor period stages, object permanence, transformation thought, reversibility, centration, static thought, decentration, and conservation
Thursday Lev Vygotsky's Theory Define Vygotsky's theory and contributions to the field, and then review the following terms: private speech, zone of proximal development, and guided participation
Friday How the mind works over time Information processing, memory, fluid intelligence, knowledge, crystallized intelligence, convergent knowledge, and divergent knowledge

6 Lessons in Chapter 6: Cognition and Cognitive Development Lesson Plans
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Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

1. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

We pay attention in various ways, every day. In this lesson, we will look into the four types of attention we consistently use and look at how attention spans change throughout a lifetime.

What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

2. What is Information Processing? - Definition & Stages

How do we interact with and process information in our daily lives? Psychologists use the theory of information processing to explain it. They also use the theory to talk about our stages of memory.

The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

3. The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

When we think of childhood, we often think of playing. But did you know that playing is vital to a child's healthy development? In this lesson, we will learn about the various types of play that aid a child's cognitive growth.

Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

4. Lev Vygotsky's Theory of Cognitive Development

The role of culture and social interactions are imperative to cognitive development, according to psychologist, Lev Vygotsky. This lesson will discuss how social interactions play a role in cognitive development of children, provide an overview of Vygotsky's cultural-historical theory and describe the stages of speech and language development.

Memory and Information Processing Over Time

5. Memory and Information Processing Over Time

Memory is something we rely on throughout our lives. But, how does it first develop? In this lesson, we will explore the first signs of memory in infants and how memory changes over our lives.

Knowledge and Change in Intelligence Over Time

6. Knowledge and Change in Intelligence Over Time

In this lesson, we will look at Raymond Cattell's two types of intelligence: fluid and crystallized. We will also look at convergent and divergent ways of thinking and changes in intelligence over time.

Chapter Practice Exam
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