Part of Unit: Family Development and Parenting
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
In this lesson, students will gain the understanding and competency of the 7 stages of the family life cycle. The students will focus on the changes and families, couples, and individuals go through as they progress through the seven stages of the family life cycle. Students will be able to identify and explain the stage that they and their family is in as well as identify each of the stages by their indicators.
- 1 block schedule class period
- 90 Minutes
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- ECDFS.A.A10.2 Understand how language, culture, and educational backgrounds may affect family ...
- ECDFS.A.A10.3 Know how positive parent-staff relationships, family members, and the community ...
- ECDFS.A.A10.4 Understand how to use opportunities in the daily routine to build trusting relat...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.5 Extend ideas presented in primary or secondary sources through original analysis...3
Consumer and Family Studies (CFS) Standards Detail
ECDFS-F10.9.11.1 Explain the function of the family in providing a nurturing environment for its members and its influence on self-esteem, values, and relationships.
Objectives and Goals
In this lesson we will explore and understand the seven stages of the family life cycle and how each stage is a continuum of the previous and following stage. The students will recognize the challenges faced by families in each of the stages and identify which stage that their family is in.
Activities in this Lesson
- Introduction of lesson - Hooks / Set
Families go through many stages. We begin as singles, get married, have children, the children leave home and get married, and then we become grandparents. Today we are going to analyze the stages of the family life cycle. So, I want you to think about your family. Who are the members and how old is the youngest child in your family? As we learn about the different stages of the family life cycles, you are going to find out which stage your family is in.
- Family Life Cycle Power Point Lecture - Lecture
The lecture is in power point form. If you don't have access to a powerpoint projector, you may print it on a transparency and show the lecture on an overhead projector.
- Child_Development_Life_Cycle_Stages_Power_Point.ppt [ Download ]
- Family life cycle cartoon - Guided Practice
"Remember that I asked you to think about your family at the beginning of the lesson? I asked you who is in your family and how old is the youngest child. We have learned to identify all of the stages of the family life cycle, so now you are ready to identify your family's stage in the lifecycle."
Have the students work with their partners to correctly identify their family's stage in the family lifecycle.
Once the students have identified their lifecycle stage, introduce the activity.
Please see attached handout.
- Family Life Cycle Cartoon [ Download ] null
- Checking for Understanding - Check Understanding
The attached PowerPoint presentations contains the lecture. It is suggested that you use the following questions throughout the PowerPoint for checking for understanding.
CFU (Checking for Understanding)
*What is stage one in the family life cycle? (Single)
*Please summarize the stage one single.
*What is the stage called where two people join together in marriage?
*What are two predictions of marital success?
*What do you think is the most important reason for having an engagement?
*Name one of the secrets to a healthy marriage.
*Describe stage three Childbearing.
*What are some challenges that parents face in stage four parenting?
*In what stage would we see parents suffering from empty nest syndrome?
- Assessment Types:
- Teacher-Made Test,
- Assessment [ Download ] null