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Ch 7: Psychology Lesson Plans

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Find useful and convenient psychology lesson plan outlines to help you plan your class time. Each lesson plan offers corresponding lessons in related psychology topics you can share with students.

Psychology Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

The lesson plans and accompanying lessons in this chapter can help take the anxiety and stress out of creating a syllabus for your psychology class. Use the lesson plan outlines to help you develop an effective teaching strategy. These psychology lesson plans include topics to help you teach the following:

  • Social psychology
  • Many more psychology topics!

Each lesson plan offers one or more topical lessons in psychology you can use to guide your class discussions or use in the classroom as a fun and engaging teaching tool.

How It Helps

  • Common Core: Ensures your psychology lessons meet education standards
  • Student engagement: Incorporates psychology games, discussion questions or learning activities
  • Vocabulary words: Identifies important psychology terms to include in your lessons
  • Additional resources: Includes video lessons relevant to the psychology lesson plans to use as a teaching tool in class

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning psychology lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific psychology topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your psychology class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the corresponding psychology lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use the related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important psychology concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant psychology-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

46 Lessons in Chapter 7: Psychology Lesson Plans
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Social Psychology Lesson Plan

1. Social Psychology Lesson Plan

What is social psychology? A video lesson explains the field and a small group activity gives students a chance to demonstrate comprehension. For ongoing instruction in this area, utilize our suggestions for extensions and related lessons.

Psychology Science Fair Projects for High School

2. Psychology Science Fair Projects for High School

High school students can learn about psychology through independent research for science fair projects. This lesson offers ideas for high school psychology science fair projects with options for quantitative and qualitative research.

Nature vs. Nurture Lesson Plan

3. Nature vs. Nurture Lesson Plan

What is the 'nature versus nurture' debate all about? A text lesson gives students the information they need to analyze the source of personal characteristics. Related lessons and extensions encourage deeper exploration of this topic.

Classical Conditioning Lesson Plan

4. Classical Conditioning Lesson Plan

Classical conditioning is an essential element of any psychology curriculum. This lesson plan uses two short videos as well as hands-on activities to explain classical condition and compare it to operant conditioning.

Abstract Thinking Lesson Plan

5. Abstract Thinking Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides you with discussion topics and questions, a quiz, and an activity that will help your students better understand the concept of abstract thinking and how it delineates from concrete thinking.

Compassion Lesson Plan

6. Compassion Lesson Plan

What is compassion and how does it differ from empathy? This lesson plan outlines key facts about compassion for students. An activity urges students to demonstrate compassion in response to specific situations.

Psychology of Cults Lesson Plan

7. Psychology of Cults Lesson Plan

What is a cult and what makes an individual vulnerable to them? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to outline key facts about cults. An activity teaches students about well-known cults.

Hypnosis Lesson Plan

8. Hypnosis Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about hypnosis. Students will read a text lesson that explains what hypnosis is and how it works, then work in cooperative groups to apply understanding. Quiz students to determine understanding.

Consciousness Lesson Plan

9. Consciousness Lesson Plan

How is consciousness defined and what can impact conscious awareness? This lesson plan explores the different theories on consciousness using a text lesson. An activity creates visual representations of the content.

Inside the Teenage Brain Frontline Discussion Questions

10. Inside the Teenage Brain Frontline Discussion Questions

'Inside the Teenage Brain' is the 11th episode of season 20 of the news magazine television show 'Frontline.' This asset contains discussion questions about the scientific studies about teenagers that are revealed in this episode.

Guided Imagery Lesson Plan

11. Guided Imagery Lesson Plan

Research shows a connection between mind, body, and physical health. This lesson plan allows students to explore guided imagery through a text lesson and quiz, discussions, and a hands-on activity.

Guided Imagery: Definition & Examples

12. Guided Imagery: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about guided imagery and how it is implemented. We will discuss the history of this technique and how it is used to help people overcome a large variety of obstacles in their daily lives.

Positive Psychology Lesson Plan

13. Positive Psychology Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct students about positive psychology. Student will learn how optimism leads to sell-efficacy and greater happiness.

Group Dynamics Lesson Plan

14. Group Dynamics Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct students about group dynamics. Students will learn about factors that affect group dynamics and participate in a role-playing activity that demonstrates group behavior.

Personality in Psychology Lesson Plan

15. Personality in Psychology Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct students about personality psychology. Students will learn about a variety of theories related to the development of personality, including psychoanalytic theory, humanistic theories, and trait theories.

Needs & Wants Lesson Plan

16. Needs & Wants Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the differences between wants and needs. Through group work, the students will analyze wants and needs in literature and explore the potential effects of maladaptive behavior.

Wants vs. Needs in Psychology

17. Wants vs. Needs in Psychology

Many people have difficulty at times distinguishing between wants and needs. In this lesson wants vs. needs in psychology will be defined, and relevant examples will be provided to further clarify the topic.

Helping Others Lesson Plan

18. Helping Others Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, students will learn about three psychological models of helping others. Students will apply this information to a variety of scenarios, engage in small group work, and present their findings.

Psychology of Helping Others

19. Psychology of Helping Others

In this lesson, we will understand the three primary psychological theories as to why people help one another. We will also describe the essential components of the three theories and identify altruistic behavior.

Personality Traits Lesson Plan

20. Personality Traits Lesson Plan

Students love learning about themselves and others. This lesson plan will help you introduce the concept of personality traits to your students using the popular model the Big Five. Students will think about how specific behaviors fit within this model. During the lesson activity, they will get an opportunity to play celebrity therapist.

Cult of Personality Lesson Plan

21. Cult of Personality Lesson Plan

Help your students understand cult of personality. Students will connect the term to modern and historical leaders who used propaganda to maintain power.

What is a Cult of Personality? - Definition & Examples

22. What is a Cult of Personality? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you're going to learn the definition of a cult of personality. Then you'll learn about one very important historical cult of personality and another current example of one and what made them cults of personality.

Personality Types Lesson Plan

23. Personality Types Lesson Plan

By learning about personality tests, utilizing writing for personal reflection, and taking personality tests, your students will approach the topic of personality and identity from an introspective viewpoint.

Personality & Personality Types: Examples & Descriptions

24. Personality & Personality Types: Examples & Descriptions

In this lesson, we'll learn how psychologists define personality, the different theoretical perspectives on personality, and the different personality types defined by one commonly used scale, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Psychological Warfare Lesson Plan

25. Psychological Warfare Lesson Plan

What is psychological warfare and how is it carried out? This lesson plan responds to this question with the support of a text lesson. An activity places students in the role of strategists in a mock psychological war.

What is Psychological Warfare? - Definition, Techniques & Examples

26. What is Psychological Warfare? - Definition, Techniques & Examples

War was once fought on the battlefield, but it seems as time has passed, physical violence has shifted to something in the mind. In this lesson we will learn about psychological warfare and examine techniques and examples to further understanding.

Jane Elliot's Brown Eyes vs. Blue Eyes Experiment

27. Jane Elliot's Brown Eyes vs. Blue Eyes Experiment

Jane Elliot's classic blue eyes vs. brown eyes experiment highlights the issue of race. This lesson plan focuses on this experiment with the help of a video lesson. An activity asks students to reimagine the experiment.

Learned Helplessness Lesson Plan

28. Learned Helplessness Lesson Plan

Some individuals give up too early on their goals, hopes and dreams. This lesson explains one reason why, learned helplessness. Students will watch a video on the theory, answer questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Declarative vs. Procedural Knowledge Lesson Plan

29. Declarative vs. Procedural Knowledge Lesson Plan

This lesson plan presents the concepts of declarative and procedural knowledge to teachers. The plan encourages the participants to actively engage in the concepts as well as plan their own methods of presentation.

Cognitive Skills in Children Lesson Plan

30. Cognitive Skills in Children Lesson Plan

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.

Activities of Daily Living Lesson Plan

31. Activities of Daily Living Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will explore the activities that are required for an adult to live an independent life. Students will analyze what it means to assess these activities and synthesize their knowledge into two writing samples.

Cause and Effect Lesson Plan

32. Cause and Effect Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about cause/effect relationships, then discuss aspects like temporal precedence and correlation. Practice the concept with scenarios and familiar text.

Multiple Intelligences Lesson Plan

33. Multiple Intelligences Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson to teach your students about the theory of multiple intelligences. Compare and contrast the theory to traditional intelligence, then allow students to put the theory to practice using short biographies.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Lesson Plan

34. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Lesson Plan

All people have certain needs, but what are those needs and how important are they? In this lesson plan, students learn about Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and create a collage to illustrate a specific need.

ESP Lesson Plan

35. ESP Lesson Plan

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.

Family Life & Systems Lesson Plan

36. Family Life & Systems Lesson Plan

This lesson plan provides teachers with activities for teaching psychology students about family systems. Students will watch a video lesson and participate in a collaborative activity about types of families.

Breaking Social Norms Project Ideas

37. Breaking Social Norms Project Ideas

The intentional violation of minor social norms is a fun and popular project for sociology and psychology classes. This is a great way to help students think about the role that unspoken norms play in the structuring of a society.

Nature vs. Nurture Discussion Questions

38. Nature vs. Nurture Discussion Questions

There is so much research behind the nature vs. nurture debate. The discussion questions presented here will help your students learn and think about nature vs. nurture on a deeper, more critical level.

AP Psychology Final Project Ideas

39. AP Psychology Final Project Ideas

These Advanced Placement Psychology final projects can help you ensure that students have not only solidified their learning, but that they can apply their knowledge in new and creative ways.

Brain Project Ideas for Psychology

40. Brain Project Ideas for Psychology

Educate your high school students about the brain and psychology with these helpful hands-on project ideas. They will work cooperatively and use analytical abilities to better comprehend how psychologists study the brain.

Classical Conditioning Project Ideas

41. Classical Conditioning Project Ideas

Educate your high school students about classical conditioning with these helpful project ideas, which will emphasize cooperating together and using analytical skills.

Abnormal Psychology Discussion Questions

42. Abnormal Psychology Discussion Questions

Would you like to teach your high school students about abnormal psychology? The following discussion questions will guide them as they explore the concepts that separate normal and abnormal behaviors.

Discussion Questions about Phobias

43. Discussion Questions about Phobias

Would you like to challenge your sixth through twelfth grade students about various phobias and possible treatments? The following discussion questions will be of assistance to guide your teachings.

The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil Discussion Questions

44. The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil Discussion Questions

The following questions are designed to help guide your students through a structured discussion as their explore their reactions to 'The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil'.

Myers-Briggs Activities for Students

45. Myers-Briggs Activities for Students

After introducing your high school students to the Myers-Briggs Test, use the following activities to help students learn about their personality traits and how these can influence their daily life.

Personality Mask Project Ideas

46. Personality Mask Project Ideas

The following project ideas are intended to help you guide your students through conversations on personality, using masks as forms of artistic expression and reflection.

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