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Teacher Preparation | Student Preparation | Project Activities
Evaluating the Project | Publishing a Memory Book

OVERVIEW:

Students in elementary school should have a variety of experiences that provide initial understandings for various science-related personal and societal challenges. Central ideas related to health, populations, resources, and environments provide the foundations for students' eventual understandings and actions as citizens. (1)

This unit on aging for elementary school children provides information about the aging process and offers experiences with older people. The activities and procedures developed for this unit are designed to accompany an intergenerational project in which students interact with community members age 65+.

Appropriate for Grade Level: K-3 (May be adapted for older students.)

OBJECTIVES:

Students will:
  • Differentiate learned from inherited characteristics.
  • Understand the relativity of the terms "young" and "old."
  • Recognize the unique individuality and diversity of people of all ages.
  • Become aware of their attitudes toward aging and older people.
  • Learn more about the aging process and the physical changes that occur as people grow older.
  • Understand how living with physical and sensory changes affects older people.
  • Learn what is true and what is not true about aging and older people.
  • Appreciate the roles of older people.
  • Perceive long life as an opportunity for continuous growth and development, not as a late life process of decline.
  • Develop linkages across generations within communities.

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PROJECT ACTIVITIES




PUBLISHING A MEMORY BOOK




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(1) National Science Education Standards - Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Content Standard F - Developing Student Understanding