Part of Unit: Family Development and Parenting
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This lesson takes students through a role play situation where they play a specific part in "The Game of Life" type of activity. Each student is assigned a situation where they are becoming parents at a certain age and with certain assigned circumstances. They explore the cost of having a child and all of that child's needs. This lesson allows students to understand that there are circumstances in life as well as costs in a very real way. At the end of the Role Play, students reflect on the activity and how ready they feel that they really are to become parents in the real world. They will also use an Online Cost of Raising a Child Calculator to compare their project findings with.
Lesson Time 4 Class Periods
- Class Periods
- 55 Minutes
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- ECDFS.A.A5.6 Relate the benefits of parental involvement to the development of a child’s phys...
- ECDFS.D.D10.6 Understand important consumer information, such as comparison shopping, interpre...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
Consumer and Family Studies (CFS) Standards Detail
ECDFS – F10.1 Standard 1: Responsibilities of Parents
Students understand the decisions and responsibilities involved in parenting in various
1.1 Analyze factors to consider when determining readiness for parenting and
identify parenting responsibilities. (ECDFS – F10.1.1)
1.3 Analyze the major decisions, changes, and adjustments required of
parents. (ECDFS – F10.1.3)
1.4 Describe and evaluate the responsibilities, styles, and strategies of parenting.
(ECDFS – F10.1.4)
ECDFS – F10.2 Standard 2: Prenatal Development
Students understand the stages of pregnancy, from conception through birth, and the
implications of environment and heredity on the health and well-being of a child.
2.1 Summarize the stages of prenatal development and childbirth. (ECDFS – F10.2.1)
2.2 Analyze the effects of prospective parents’ nutrition, health, medical care, heredity,
environment, and lifestyle on prenatal development. (ECDFS – F10.2.2)
2.3 Discuss physical and emotional changes that occur during normal and at-risk
pregnancies. (ECDFS – F10.2.3)
2.5 Examine the methods, costs, ethics, and risks of reproductive procedures. (ECDFS – F10.2.5)
2.6 Identify and evaluate community resources that provide information
Objectives and Goals
- Evaluate the nature of parenting responsibilities. (physical, nurturing, and guidance)
- Evaluate factors to consider in determining personal preparedness for parenthood (i.e., biological, social, emotional, financial, educational)
- Evaluate the demands and rewards of parenting
Activities in this Lesson
- Anticipatory Set - Hooks / Set
Students will watch a video clip "Having a Baby: Simply Stated"
Then in small groups discuss what they just viewed, and then report to the class how they felt about what the video clip stated.
- Having a Baby:Simply Stated [ Go to Site ] You Tube video clip.
- Want to Be a Parent Activity - Demo / Modeling
Explain to the whole class that tomorrow we will be starting a "role play" activity. This activity includes :
Scenario-One in which each student will be assigned a scenario that will describe the circumstances of your pregnancy.
A Lucky Day/Bad Day Situations- will also be given to each student which will give additional income and expenses. These all are to be recorded on student project sheets.
Jobs: Each student will be assigned a job group, this group will research the costs related to the cost associated with having a baby in this particular area. Students for each job group will need to meet and decide who will research ,record, report and chart their findings from their job group. These findings will be reported to the whole group on Day 3 of the project.
Each student is to record each of the Scenario, Lucky/Bad Day situations, and Job on their own project sheet.
- Instructions for Want to be a parent [ Download ] Teacher Instruction Sheet for Want to be a parent
- Want To Be A Parent-Parent Cost Sheet and Essay Questions [ Download ] Student Project Sheet
- Want To Be A Parent-Lucky Day Situations [ Download ]
- Want To Be A Parent-Bad Day Situations [ Download ]
- Want To Be A Parent-Job Sign Up [ Download ]
- Job_Assignment.doc [ Download ]
- Assessment Types:
- Projects, Writing Samples, Observations, essay questions
Students will demonstrate their understanding by completing both the project sheets as assigned as well as completing the essay questions. Then they will be scored up to 100 points for the work that they have completed and turned in on the 4th day.
Students will use the Online Cost of Raising a Child Calculator and print out their estimated cost of raising a child according to their assigned Scenario. They will compare this to their findings with the Want to Be a Parent Role Play Activity.
- cost-of-raising-child-calculator [ Go to Site ]