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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. 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.
23. Personality & Personality Types: Examples & Descriptions
In this lesson, we learn how psychologists define personality, different theoretical perspectives on personality, and different personality types. The types are drawn from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. 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.
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. 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.
34. 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.
35. 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.
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