Ch 17: Cognitive Development Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Cognitive Development chapter of this High School Psychology Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans course is designed to help you plan and teach about cognitive development through the lifespan 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 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 Definition of attention and how attention levels change; meaning and stages of information processing and how it affects growth and development
Tuesday Lev Vygotsky, language development stages and children's understanding of change Theory of cognitive development, private speech, guided participation and zone of proximal development; pre-linguistic and symbolic language; transformation thought, static thought and reversibility
Wednesday Infants, children and adolescents Discussion of cognitive development in infants, children and adolescents; study of object permanence, sensorimotor periods, conservation, static though, decentration and centration
Thursday Play in cognitive development; cognitive development in adulthood and late adulthood Explanation of the different types of play and how play factors into cognitive development; growth and limitations of adult cognition; intellectual changes in late adulthood, such as memory, information processing and problem solving
Friday Memory and knowledge How information processing and memory change over time; description of knowledge, divergent, and convergent knowledge, fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence

12 Lessons in Chapter 17: Cognitive Development Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

3. Cognitive Development in Infants: Object Permanence & Sensorimotor Periods

There is no time like infancy - it is the first exposure people have to the world. According to Jean Piaget, there are six stages infants go through as they develop cognitively and learn to act in their environment.

Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

4. Cognitive Development in Children and Adolescents

If you were to observe children growing into their teenage years, you would notice their thinking and understanding develops over time. In this lesson, you will learn about the specific stages of mental growth in children and adolescents as outlined by Jean Piaget.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

5. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

How does language expression emerge in children? Learn about the development of syntax in children through the pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language development in this lesson.

Cognitive Development in Children: Conservation, Decentration & Centration

6. Cognitive Development in Children: Conservation, Decentration & Centration

As children grow, so do their thinking skills, knowledge, and learning. Watch this lesson to learn about how young children develop cognitively, including the key cognitive concepts of centration, decentration, and conservation.

How Children Understand Change: Reversibility, Transformation Thought & Static Thought

7. How Children Understand Change: Reversibility, Transformation Thought & Static Thought

Children think in very different ways than adults do. As they develop in early childhood, their reasoning about change also develops as they come to understand the world better. Watch this lesson for a closer look at how children think about change.

The Role of Play in Cognitive Development

8. 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.

Cognitive Development in Adults

9. Cognitive Development in Adults

As people age, they discover that their thought processes change. Though some cognitive abilities decrease in middle age, some increase. In this lesson, we'll look at how executive functioning and wisdom increase in middle age.

Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

10. Cognitive Development in Late Adulthood

Many people are aware of some of the memory problems older adults have, but did you know that they become better at some types of thinking? In this lesson, we'll examine the positive and negative cognitive changes in late life.

Memory and Information Processing Over Time

11. 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

12. 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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