Name of Designer: Carol Birgen
School/District: Lyman

A. Subject Area/Topic:Family and Consumer Sciences: Skills for Parenting
Grade Level: 9 - 12

B. Targeted Standard:SP1.4 Analyze physical and emotional factors related to the beginning of the parenting process.

C. Unpack the Standard: What do students need to know? Students need to know: the definition of terms related to parenting; the physical factors that affect the parenting process; the emotional factors or issues involved in parenting; and how stress and emotional crisis affect parenting.
What do students need to be able to do? Students need to be able to evaluate physical and emotional factors in becoming a parent to determine their personal readiness.

D. Academic Vocabulary: Social, Emotional, Physical, Genetics, Environmental, Pregnancy, Maturity, Lifestyle, Nature vs. Nuture

E. Assessments
Formative: The 'Wordle'', blog and reflection will be used to assess students comprehension of the subject matter and concepts.
Summative: The 'Am I Ready to Parent' project will evaluate students grasp of concepts.

F-1 Student Learning Activity
1. What will students be asked to do? Students will first be asked to complete a pre-survey on Survey Monkey to gauge their attitudes towards parenting. Am I Ready to Parent Survey
Students will then be asked to read 2 - 3 web articles which discuss concerns related to parenting readiness. Students will then paste the articles into a 'Wordle'. As a class, students will analye the completed 'Wordle' for common factors affecting parent readiness.
2. How might this be framed as an inquiry based situation? The unit will begin with the essential question: 'How do you know you are ready to be a parent?" This activity will help them question what it takes to be a parent beyond the biological process. Students will discover for themselves the other physical and emotional concerns for a parent.
3. In what ways could this be connected to an authentic learning experience?
Most people will become parents, many without thought to readiness. This activity will encourage students to evaluate personal readiness for becoming a parent.

Which type of resource is this? (Teacher or Student) (Online or Offline)
These will be online resources for the student.
  • Where will I use this activity in the instructional cycle?
  • This will be primarily and openiing motivational activity but will include research components.

  1. Opening Motivational Activity
  2. Central Focus of Lesson Plan
  3. Research Tool for Students
  4. Closure Activity
  5. Assessment Tool
  6. Remediation Tool
  7. Enrichment Tool

Which 21st century skills wil be addressed?
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
21st century skills addressed: number 1 and 3.
1. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation: Students will identify factors related to positive parenting. Students will also review how lack of readiness may impact children and the family.
2. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
3. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions: Students will review information to identify concerns and use that info to assist in evaluating personal readiness as well as identify options to improve or educate regarding parent readines.
4. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

Research and Information Fluency: number 4
  1. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
  2. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  3. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  4. Process data and report results. Students will process and analyze the information through construction of a 'Wordle".
  5. Notes:


F - 2. Student Learning Activity
1. What will students be asked to do? Students will complete an online lifestyle assessment and then blog to specific questions posts and other students' responses. wellness assessment
2. How might this be framed as an inquiry based situation? Students will investigate the components of lifestyle and how they relate to parenting.
3. In what ways could this be connected to an authentic learning experience? This activity will help students personalize lifestyle choices and the impact they may have on parenting.

Which type of resource is this? (Teacher or Student) (Online or Offline)
  • Where will I use this activity in the instructional cycle?
  • This activity is a research tool for students to acquaint them with components of lifestyle. It also serves as an assessment tool to help them evaluate personal lifestyle choices.
  1. Opening Motivational Activity
  2. Central Focus of Lesson Plan
  3. Research Tool for Students
  4. Closure Activity
  5. Assessment Tool
6. Remediation Tool
7. Enrichment Tool

Which 21st century skills wil be addressed?
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
21st century skills addressed: number 1 and 3.
1. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation: Students will identify components of a lifestyle and explore potential consequences of lifestyle choices and situations.
2. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
3. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions: Students will review information to identify lifestyle considersations and determine how they may impact successful parenting.
4. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

Research and Information Fluency: number 4
  1. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
  2. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  3. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  4. Process data and report results. Students will process the information through participation in a discussion blog.
  5. Notes:



F - 3 Student Learning Activity
1. What will students be asked to do? Students will explore how genetics may impact parenting choices and the health of a child. Students will tour Genetics - Tour the Basicsand complete a corresponding study guide. Students will also look at personal characteristics through an online activity What's in My Genes?
2. How might this be framed as an inquiry based situation? Students will investigate how our gene pool affects physical characteristics and health. Students will reflect on how these may impact choices they may make in becoming a parent.
3. In what ways could this be connected to an authentic learning experience? Through this activity, students will examine components beyond personal control and refect on how they may mitigate the issues. Students will also compare and contract nature vs. nuture in the choices they make.
Which type of resource is this? (Teacher or Student) (Online or Offline)
Genes Tour: Student online resource; note guide and reflection - printed student resource
  • Where will I use this activity in the instructional cycle?
  • It is part of the central focus of the lesson plan and a research tool for students. It also helps them assess personal attributes.
  1. Opening Motivational Activity
  2. Central Focus of Lesson Plan
  3. Research Tool for Students
  4. Closure Activity
  5. Assessment Tool
6. Remediation Tool
7. Enrichment Tool

Which 21st century skills wil be addressed?
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
21st century skills addressed: number 1 and 3.
1. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation: Students will compare and contrast nature vs. nuture and its impact on parenting.
2. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
3. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions: Students will identify how genetics impacts pregnancy and parenting.
4. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

Research and Information Fluency: number 4
  1. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
  2. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  3. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  4. Process data and report results. Students will process and analyze the information through construction of a personal reflection.
  5. Notes:





F - 4. Student Learning Activity
1. What will students be asked to do? Students will develop webpage, online presentation or video that would assist prospective parents in determining whether or not they are ready to become a parent. A rubric will used to evaluate the final product. Students will receive three evaluations: one Critical Friend - classmate, one by a professional who works with children and parents, and the third by the classroom teacher.
2. How might this be framed as an inquiry based situation? Students will need to investigate factors which affect parenting readiness and determine how to assess readiness for themselves and others.
3. In what ways could this be connected to an authentic learning experience? The students final product could be used for parent education. The final products will also be posted to the class wiki. Evaluation by a professional who works with children and families will offer them a 'real life' perspective.

Which type of resource is this? (Teacher or Student) (Online or Offline)
Student - combination of online and offline.
  • Where will I use this activity in the instructional cycle?
  • This activity is part of the central focus of the lesson, it also a research tool for students and and assessment tool.
  1. Opening Motivational Activity
  2. Central Focus of Lesson Plan
  3. Research Tool for Students
  4. Closure Activity
  5. Assessment Tool
6. Remediation Tool
7. Enrichment Tool

Which 21st century skills wil be addressed?
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
21st century skills addressed: number 1 and 3.
1. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation: Students will design a product to educate prospective parents about concerns related to parent readiness.
2. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project. Students develop a consumer ready educational project.
3. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions: Students will review information to identify concerns and use that info to assist in evaluating personal readiness as well as identify options to improve or educate regarding parent readines.
4. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

Research and Information Fluency: number 2 and 3: Students will use previously reviewed information and additional sources to determine what factors should be included in there 'Am I Ready to Parent' product. They will need to select the appropriate medium and tools.
  1. Plan strategies to guide inquiry.
  2. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.
  3. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.
  4. Process data and report results.




G. How will I configure my classroom: My class room as adequate computers and internet access available for each student. Their will be individual work with laptops. Their will also be large group activities using the interactive white board and projector. Some activities will be printed and available on the student server or the class wiki. This will allow students options for completion.
    • Computers not needed - printable resource
    • Whole group instruction, using a projector and / or interactive white board
    • Whole group activity, with small groups using mobile laptops simultaneously
    • Small group, using classroom computers or mobile laptops as rotating stations
    • One to one, using classroom computers or mobile laptops as rotating stations
    • One to one, with individual student laptops
    • Other:


    • General computer rules/procedures: The school district has a use policy in place which his followed.

    • Specific directions for activity: Specific directions will be conveyed verbally with the interactive white board and also posted in written form on the class wiki.
    • Helping Hands: Students are encouraged to offer assistance to each other yet still be responsbile for their own work. The district tech coordinator is also housed in this building and is available for assistance.
    • Other


    • Software: General software which available on school computers such as Microsoft Office and Internet access.
    • Hardware: Seven mini laptops are property of the FACS department. Other laptops as needed are available from the mobile lap.
    • Supplemental Materials
    • Other:


Reflect on the integration plan: I believe this intergration plan offers a variety of activities which offer opportunities both for learning new technology and refine those that are more familiar. A major consideration when integrating technology is the time for the learning curve. Is sufficient time available to address both the content while also allowed students time to learn the technology? I believe these activities offer real world experinces and also help them internalize the information to impact their personal choices. Hopefully, it will affect how they live their life and will impact their children's lives for the better.
How does this plan fit individual student learning needs: Flexibility exists for those students with less technical skills or resources. Students will also make an individual decision on their final product based on interest, skills and resources. Althought class room attendance is highly desired, the use of technology also makes it easier for students who miss school to participate fully in class activities and work at their own iniative.
What is my alternative plan if for some reason technology is unavailable? Printed master copes of materials will be ready in advance in case of this instance. Alternative projects such as posters, word walls, cupboard discussion boards and presentations may subsitute for those activites using technology.