Susan Vana, Genoa High School, Hugo, CO HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT--AGING Appropriate for grades 10-12. OVERVIEW: While the process of aging is inevitable, many high school students do not comprehend its scope. By witnessing, observing and investigating this process students can better understand society and their relationship to it. PURPOSE: The purpose of this unit on aging is to provide experiences and activities to increase students understanding and empathy towards people of many different ages. OBJECTIVES: Student will be able to: 1. Identify the various age "stages" and their characteristics. 2. Identify the infancy stages through observation. 3. Describe the changes that occur between childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. 4. Draw conclusions about similarities and differences between generations. 5. Give a biographical sketch of a senior resident of the community from birth to present. 6. Describe how life will change for all age groups 50 years from now based on information gathered in the unit. ACTIVITIES: 1. Observe infant (3-18 months) paying close attention to social behavior and independent growth. 2. Observe relationship between parents and children for bonding signs. 3. Start a growth timeline to be continued through old age. 4. Panel discussion. Groups go to middle school classroom for questions and answers about important topics in adolescence. 5. Interview senior resident at nursing home on life in their time. From beginning to present. 6. Question a panel of adults on how society has changed for them. RESOURCES/MATERIALS NEEDED: Available in local community. TO TIE IT ALL TOGETHER: To tie it all together, have student write a paper titled "Being My Own Grandchild."
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