• Rationale Statement: Understanding stages of development is vital for guiding children to make informed decisions.  Due to a need for highly qualified educators, careers in this area are in high demand.  Human development knowledge is essential for individuals seeking a career in education, health, medical and human service professions, and many other careers involving working with children and youth.

2008 Human Development Class

Suggested Grade level: 9, 10, 11, or 12th Grades

Topics Covered:

  • Human Development Theories
  • Influences on Human Growth and Development
  • Prenatal Development, pregnancy, and child-birth
  • Physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development of infants, toddlers, and preschool through school-age children.
  • Preschool and school-age theories in practice.
  • Creation of childcare settings
  • Practices, regulations, and opportunities in the child care industry.
  • Special topics related to childhood concerns, including childhood diseases, special needs, temperament and abuse and neglect, etc.
  • First aid/emergency training



Class Introduction


J Mac - A Hoop Dream

  • Assignment #1: JENGA JOURNAL: How is Jenga like Human Development? Why is it important to study human development?
  • Assignment #2:  Pretend it is your 100th birthday.  Write a letter to yourself at the age you are now including everything that you have and hope to accomplish in your life.  Be creative.
  • Assignment #3:  Students will create a questionnaire for parents or guardians about milestones in their lives and will them create a visual timeline of their lives.  They will then write a journal detailing how their timeline is similar to or different from their peers’. (One option would be to create a timeline of your life at )  You must turn in your completed questionnaire, timeline visual, and journal.


Indicator #1:  Analyze growth and development of preschool through school-age children.

Career Paths

HDPS 1.7 Distinguish career paths within early childhood education child services, preschool, and school-aged education.

  • Assignment #1:  Career Project - Use Career Cruising and MyLife to investigate career opportunities working with children.
  • Invite staff from a child care facility to discuss their roles and functions within their facility.

Child Abuse & Neglect are issues that affect all career paths of Human Development.  Complete the assignments below to learn more about the abuse & neglect of children.

Best Practices

HDPS 1.1 Defend best practices in planning for early childhood education and child services.

HDPT 1.1 / HDPT 1.2

Students will understand that knowledge of best practices guides caregivers in meeting the needs of children.

1. How do best practices promote growth and development in children?

2. How could best practices change a child's future?

Nature Vs. Nurture

Today, we are going to look at furthering your understanding of individual differences in normal development and how family, heredity, and environment play a role.   Learning about why and how we develop in studying human development will serve to help us distinguish between individual variation and potential problems.  How do best practices promote growth & development in children? Twins.pdf

Growth & Development of Children

  • Assignment #4:  Create a needs (food, clothing, discipline, supervision, play, etc.) checklist for the growth and development of children.

Human Development Theorists

Theories of development are sometimes seen as too technical to be useful.  However, human development theories can give us a lot of insight into why people are the way they are.  This lesson will give you background on some well-known theories and theorists in human development and answer this question.  How can theories of development help us understand children's behavior and our own behavior.

Puzzle Activity:  Divide the class into small groups and give each group a children's puzzle.  Before handing out the puzzles, remove one or two important pieces from each puzzle.  Ask the students to put the puzzles together.  When they finish, discuss how important it is to have all of the pieces in order to see the complete picture of the puzzle.  This relates to what we are studying.  The information about Child Development Theorists is vital to understanding how children grow and develop as individuals.  Without the knowledge of the theorists our understanding of children's growth and development would be as incomplete as the puzzles they put together.  We need all of the information to make the connections.

  How did you do? How did you solve the puzzles? Did you use past experiences?  trial and error?  guesses? Throughout history, people have tried to find out how we learn and solve problems and why we behave the way we do. This  lesson focuses on cognitive and social/emotional development theorists and theories.


  • Assignment #5:  Complete the WebQuest worksheets for developmental theorists.
  • Human Development Theories Assignment
  • Compare and contrast human development theories (class discussion)
  • Write a reflection that applies a theory to your personal development.
  • Theorists review game

Types of Development

  • Assignment #6: Complete Types of Development Worksheets
  • Assignment #7:  Doctor's Office Poster Assignment


Assessment Methods to Observe Children's Growth & Development

  • Investigate assessment methods to observe children's growth and development


Growth and Development of Infants and Toddlers

HDPT 2.1 Examine prenatal development, Pregnancy, and child birth to determine healthy growth and delivery of a baby.

HDPT 2.2 Analyze appropriate growth in the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of infants.

HDPT 2.3 Distinguish appropriate growth in the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of toddlers.

HDPT 2.1
  • Create a presentation illustrating prenatal habits that may lead to problems for the baby and mother.
  • Design a website depicting growth and development of infants and toddlers.
  • Participate in a tour of a birthing facility to understand options for birth.
  • Develop a presentation or teaching tool related to prenatal development.

HDPT 2.2

  • Care for infant simulator and analyze data results.
  • Analyze case studies or video clips to determine growth and development of infants.
  • Create a comparison chart and summary of the growth and development of two different infants.
  • Point out infant reflexes by viewing various examples.

HDPT 2.3

  • Distinguish toddlers at play and write an assessment of their growth and development
  • Create a questionanaire for parents of toddlers.
  • Identify and point out gross and fine motor skills by observing video clips
  • Illustrate a safe and healthy environment for optimal toddler development.

Growth & Development of Preschoolers

HDPS 1.2 Illustrate appropriate growth in the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of preschoolers.


  • Write a summary of developmental stages of preschoolers in a preschool setting.
  • Design a publication or website for parents of preschoolers.
  • Design a developmentally appropriate product for preschoolers.
  • Prepare and implement an activity with a preschool-aged child or group of children


Growth & Development of School Age Children

HDPS 1.3 Illustrate appropriate growth in the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of school age youth.

  • Evaluate case studies of growth and development of school age children.
  • Create developmentally appropriate activities to enhance each area of growth and development.
  • Prepare and implement an activity with a school-aged child or group of children.

Safe & Healthy Learning Environments

HDPS 1.4 Organize a safe and healthy learning environment for youth.


HDPS 1.5 Complete a safety training.

  • Pass a certified CPR training course with an 85% or higher score.
  • Solve scenarios that deal with child care accidents and health emergencies.
  • Identify blood borne pathogens.
  • Interview director or staff member from a state approved facility that complies with state regulations.

External Support Systems

HDPS 1.6 Judge external support systems that provide services for parents and children.

  • Have students create a community resource brochure about resources and services available to families.
  • Summarize current laws and policies related to childcare services.
  • Compare and contrast the childcare facilities within the community.

Chronological & Psychological Birth Order Webquest

Develop a personal health family tree.  (Go to the American Family Tree Website at the link below and begin a family tree of your own.)  You will need to conduct interviews with family members to determine health problems that run in your family; cancer, heart disease, arthritis, althzeimers, diabetes, etc.)

American Family Tree:  

The 2007-2008 Child Development Class with their "Baby Eggs" (Family Portrait).  After studying the positives and negatives of different aspects related to having children, the class had to take care of their "baby" and write a letter to it describing how they would take care of its needs.


The 2007-2008 Child Development Class with their babies.

(Left to Right: Cody Reed, Amanda Genzler, Christina Crain, Ryan Harris, Cody Ramsey, Brigette Nemec, Sina Tueffers, Zeb Husted)

Highmore High School Family & Consumer Sciences and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.