Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Archaeology
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Psychology Lesson Plans and Resources

Psych Site Teacher's Toolbox
Teaching tips, demos, and classroom activities. See their index page for their other resources.

High School Psychology Syllabus Resource and Lesson Plans
Thirty chapters complete with lesson plans for each chapter. It appears to be en entire course.

Teaching High School Psychology" Psychology Lessons and Ideas
A long list from My Town Tutors.

Welle's Wacky World of Psychology
Twelve lesson plans.

Psychology Lesson Plans
Ten lesson plans.

Prentice-Hall AP Psychology  
Brief lesson plans corresponding to the PH Psychology text.  

Psychology Portal
Resources for teaching psychology from Saskatchewan Education. See their Curriculum Guides including Psychology 20 and Psychology 30 which can be accesses from the right-side index.

Society for the Teaching of Psychology -  Teaching Resources
Many resources and instructional materials for a broad range of topics.

TOPSS - Unit Lesson Plans
Units for high school on the topics of Obesity and Memory. Other units are available only to Teaching of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) members.

Teaching about Intellectual Disabilities/Mental Retardation: Ideas for Classroom Activities
Two activities, complete with handouts, that I use in my Exceptional Learners class to teach college students (mostly first and second-year) about intellectual disabilities/mental retardation. I believe the activities would also be appropriate for a high school psychology class.

Human Intelligence: Theories and Development
Twelve units developed by fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, some of which may be appropriate for use in a high school psychology course.

Getting to Know Yourself: Developing and Accessing Intrapersonal Intelligence Among Early Adolescents
One unit from the above site.

Psychological Testing "What's Your IQ?"
A lesson plan for AP psychology in which students examine different views of IQ testing.   

Developmental Psychology Teaching Resources
Resources for teaching developmental psychology including lesson plans on language development and moral reasoning.   

Prenatal Development
Two lesson plans for a family studies course. See also Building a Baby for a lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Human Development
A high school lesson plan from the Discovery Education in which students learn about the eight stages of human emotional and psychological development described by psychologist Erik Erikson

Erik Erikson's Psychosocial Stages 
An activity I use in my Human Development class. It is appropriate for high school or college students.

Preschool Jigsaw Activity
jigsaw cooperative learning activity I used in my class for teaching about preschool children.

Learning and Memory
A 12th-grade unit including lessons on both classical and operant conditioning. Use this YouTube video clip in your lesson.

Pavlov's Dog
A classical conditioning simulation. Click on Read More for information on Ivan Pavlov and his salivating dogs.

Behaviorism Tutorial
An on-line tutorial in the basics of behaviorism. See also Behaviorism WebQuest.

Learning: Principals and Applications - "Talk to Animals"
A lesson plan from Glencoe Online.

Piaget's Cognitive Development: A WebQuest for Human Grwoth and Development
A two-week, Web-based project appropriate for college-level  or perhaps AP psychology. See also Discovering and Uncovering Piaget.

Kohlberg's Stages of Moral Development: Discussion Activity
An activity I used in my Human Development class.

Understanding Experimentation in Psychology
A WebQuest for an introductory psychology course.

The Human Animal
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about body language, facial expressions, and gestures.

Rorschach Inkblot Test
A high school lesson plan in which students express their creativity in making their own Rorschach Inkblot Test. See also Inkblot Spots for a similar lesson plan.

Insanity Defense Pleas
A unit for 12th grade dealing with the insanity defense plea. It includes a mock-trial activity.

Three Major Psychological Disorders
A 3-week unit for grade 12 on bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and multiple personalities. See the menu on the right for week-by-week lesson plans. 

Schizophrenia and Its Treatment: Movies in the Classroom  
A lesson plan using the film, "A Beautiful Mind."

Mental Health
A WebQuest and a worksheet.

Mental Health 1: Human Behavior
A high school lesson plan designed to introduce students to the study of human behavior and to develop their ideas about the importance of understanding mental health. See also the two related lessons: Mental Health 2 and Mental Health 3.

Personality WebQuest

An activity that helps students answer the questions, "Who am I?" and "What Is Personality?

Freudian Jigsaw Cooperative Learning Activity
An activity I used in my Human Development class.

The Interpretation of Dreams
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 in which students learn about Freudian theory. See also To Sleep, Perchance to Dream, Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat, and  The Talking Cure for other lesson plans about psychoanalytic theory, and see Sigmund Freud - Life and Work,
Sigmund Freud Museum, and The Freud Page for more information on Freud.

Striking Out Stress: A "Gallery Walk" Activity
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from education World in which students learn about stress and how to cope with its effects.

Your Emerging Theory/Philosophy of Teaching
Complete this rating scale to find out if your beliefs about learning are consistent with those of behaviorism, cognitivism, or humanism.

Motivation Application Activity
An activity I use in my Educational Psychology class. See the Accompanying document, Motivation: The Four Factors.

What Motivates You?
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 from Scholastic. See the other lesson plans from Imagine Big.

Self-Control and Motivation
A brief lesson plan from Learning to Give.

Faculty Psychology and Mental Discipline
A concise overview of this historically important view of human learning.

Encyclopedia of Psychology
Not really an encyclopedia, but rather a large, well-indexed set of links. See also MegaPsych for even more links and Psych Site for a psychology dictionary as well as student activities and resources for instructor

Center for the History of Psychology
An excellent site for information about the history of psychology. See also Classics in the History of Psychology  (online documents) and Human Intelligence (people and ideas related to intelligence, I.Q., and intelligence testing).

Kids Psych
A slick, interactive site for children.

American Psychological Society - Teaching Resources
A large and well organized set of links to resources for teaching psychology.
The society for teaching of psychology. See also National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology.

B. F. Skinner Foundation
A Skinner bibliography as well as information about Skinner's contributions to psychology.

Jean Piaget Society

The Whole Brain Atlas
From Harvard Medical School. See also 12 design principles based on brain-based learning research.


Sociology Lesson Plans and Resources

If it's related to sociology, this page has a link to it.
See also SocioWeb and  SocioLog.

Introsocsite: Introduction to Sociology
Many lesson plans. See their other Resources for Sociology Teachers including Exercises and Resources by Unit.

Lesson Plans: Sociology
Many lesson plans from Documentaries with a Point of View by PBS.

GCSE Sociology
"Sample lesson plans for Unit 1."

Crime and Punishment
Seven units developed by fellows of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute covering topics in the theory and practice of crime and punishment in contemporary America from the standpoint of politics and political theory. Four of these units deal with juvenile justice/offenders and may be appropriate for a high school sociology course.

An Invitation to Sociology - Social Relationships
A web activity lesson plan from Glencoe.

An elementary-grade lesson plan in which students.

A Sociological Tour through Cyberspace
Theory, data, methodology, statistics, and a guide to writing a sociology research paper.

Anthropology Lesson Plans and Resources
Anthropology - Teaching Activities
More than 20 lesson plans from Smithsonian Education.

Anthropology Online Lesson Plans
Twenty-four lesson plans from the Illinois State Museum.

Elementary School Lesson Plan: Anthropology

From the Oregon History Project.

Introduction to Culture
A high school lesson plan in pdf format that helps students understand the concept of culture and understand some of the differences between cultures.

Common Visions, Common Voices
A high school lesson plan from EDSITEment.

Methods of Collecting Information
A 3rd-grade lesson plan designed to help students become aware of anthropology and the methods used in collecting information.

Time Capsule
An upper elementary lesson plan designed to help students understand how to build a picture of life so that when asked to put together a time capsule they will be able to do so and give reasons to support the chosen items.

Discover Anthropology Glossary

Archaeology Lesson Plans and Resources
Archaeology for the Public - Lesson Plans and Activities Contributed by the Public
Sixteen lesson plans for a variety of grade levels.

AIA Lesson Plans
Fifteen lesson plans from the Archaeological Institute of America. See also Lesson Plans: Simulated Digs.

Decoding the Past: The Work of Archaeologists
An excellent 3-lesson unit from the Smithsonian Institute.  

Archaeology in the Classroom
Classroom activities for grade 6, also from the Smithsonian. See also Introduction to Archaeology and Art Artifacts, Random Strategies in Archaeology, and Relative Dating in Archaeology.

Dig It!: Discovering Archaeology
A "resource packet" for teachers from Brown University.   

A lesson plan for grades 6-8 from Discovery Education.

Archaeology for the Future
A 7th-grade lesson plan. See other similar lessons from Texas Beyond History.

Archaeology Dig
An elementary lesson plan.

Methods of Collecting Information
A 3rd-grade lesson plan using the book I Can be an Archaeologist by Robert Pickering.

Learn to Think Like an Archaeologist    
A lesson plan for grades 6-8.

Archaeology WebQuest
See also Ancient History Web Search.

Archeological Research Project
A performance-based assessment designed for a global studies class.

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