Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Archaeology
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Free lesson plans and resources for teaching psychology,  sociology, anthropology, and archaeology!
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Psychology Lesson Plans and Resources

Psych Site
Teaching tips, demos, and classroom activities. See their Teacher's Toolbox.

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.

Psychology Portal
Resources for teaching psychology from Saskatchewan Education. See their Curriculum Guides.

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 Developmental Origins
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.

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.

A five-day unit for high school psychology.

Classical Conditioning Lesson Plan
See also Pavlov's Dog for a classical conditioning simulation. Click on Read More for information on Ivan Pavlov and his salivating dogs.

Operant Conditioning
a 2-day lesson plan. See also Chapter 7: Behavioral Learning Theory: Operant Conditioning.

Improving Thinking about Classical and Operant Conditioning
An elaborate lesson plan. See also Classical vs. Operant Conditioning.

History of Behaviorism Tutorial
From See also Behaviorism WebQuest.

Discovering and Uncovering Piaget
A WebQuest.

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.

Psychological Disorders
A unit for grades 11 and 12.

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. 

Walk in Our Shoes
An eight-lesson unit on mental illness complete with quizzes.

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 and Id, Ego, and Superego in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat 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
Units and lesson plans. See also Resources for Sociology Teachers which include Exercises and Resources by Unit.

Lesson Plans: Sociology
Many lesson plans from Documentaries with a Point of View by PBS. You may have to type sociology in the subject box and click "search" to find the lessons.

Teaching High School Sociology
A blog with teaching ideas "written from a teacher's perspective."

GCSE Sociology
"Sample lesson plans for Unit 1."

What Is Culture?
A lesson plan from Mr. Donn.

Connecting Cultures
Twelve lesson plans.

Everyone Has a Culture - Everyone is Different
A lesson plan from the Peace Corps.

Culture is Everywhere
A lesson plan emphasizing the role culture plays in our lives and promoting acceptance.

Culture Race and Ethnicity
A lesson plan from the Government of Australia for their Harmony Day.

What is Culture? And How Do We Study It?
Definitions and information from Culture Quest. See also Explorations for Students.

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
Lesson plans by chapter.

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.

Discover Anthropology
Teaching resources from the UK including lesson plans.

Cultural Anthropology
A "Course Guide" from Middlesex Community College in MA.

Anthropology/Archaeology Classroom Activities
Many activities from PBS NOVA Teachers.

Elementary School Lesson Plan: Anthropology

From the Oregon History Project.

Culture Race and Ethnicity
A lesson plan from the Government of Australia for their Harmony Day. More lesson plans on culture are listed above under Sociology.

What is Culture? And How Do We Study It?
Definitions and information from Culture Quest. See also Explorations for Students.

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.

Anthropology/Archaeology Classroom Activities
Many activities from PBS NOVA Teachers.

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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