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Teacher's Guide

Using the Student Lessons

The heart of this module is a set of five classroom lessons that allow students to discover important concepts related to behavior and the study of behavior. To review these concepts in detail, refer to the Conceptual Flow of the Lessons chart.

Format of the Lessons

As you review the lessons, you will find that each includes several major features.

At a Glance offers a convenient summary of the lesson.

In Advance provides instructions for collecting and preparing materials required to complete the activities in the lesson.

Procedure details the steps in each activity in the classroom. It provides implementation hints and answers to discussion questions.

Within the procedure section, annotations provide additional commentary.

National Science Education Standards (NSES) icon identifies teaching strategies that address specific science content standards as defined by the National Science Education Standards.


World Wide Web (WWW) icon identifies when to use the Web site as part of the teaching strategy. Instructions in the Procedures section tell you how to access the Web site and the relevant activity. Specific information about using the Web site can be found in Using the Web Site. A print-based alternative to each Web activity is provided for classrooms in which Internet access is not available.


Print icon identifies a print-based alternative to a Web-based activity to be used when computers are not available. The print-based activity addresses the same concepts as its Web-based counterpart.


Checkmark icon identifies when an assessment is embedded in the module’s structure. An annotation suggests strategies for assessment.


Exclamation point iconidentifies suggestions from field-test teachers for teaching strategies, class management, and module implementation.


The Lesson Organizer provides a brief summary of the lesson. It outlines procedural steps for each activity and includes icons that denote where in each activity masters, transparencies, and the Web site are used. The lesson organizer is intended to be a memory aid for you to use only after you become familiar with the detailed procedures for the activities. It can be a handy resource during lesson preparation as well as during classroom instruction.

Masters to be photocopied are found after Lesson 5, at the end of the module.

Timeline for the Module

The timeline below outlines the optimal plan for completing the lessons in this module. The plan assumes you will teach the activities on consecutive days. If your class requires more time to discuss issues raised during a lesson or to complete activities, adjust your timeline accordingly.

Suggested Timeline
Timeline Activity
3 weeks ahead Reserve computers
Check performance of the Web site. Be sure appropriate versions of the required plug-ins are installed on the computers.
If your school district requires parental consent for students to fill out surveys, copy and distribute the Permission Letter at the end of the supplement (after Master 5.2).
7 days ahead Make photocopies and transparencies
Gather materials
Day 1
Monday
Lesson 1
Activity 1: What Is Behavior? (Or, What Are You Doing?)
Day 2
Tuesday
Lesson 2
Activity 1: Influences on Behavior (Or, Why Did You Do That?)
Day 3
Wednesday
Lesson 3
Activity 1: Physical Activity Survey (Or, What Do You Do?)
Activity 2: Analyzing the Physical Activity Survey Results (Or, Who Else Does That?)
Day 4
Thursday
Lesson 3 (continued)
Activity 2: conclude
Day 5
Friday
Lesson 3 (continued)
Activity 3: Getting More out of Surveys
Day 6
Monday
Lesson 4
Activity 1: What’s the Problem?
Activity 2: Changing Behaviors
Day 7
Tuesday
Lesson 4 (continued)
Activity 2: conclude
Day 8
Wednesday
Lesson 5
Activity 1: The Problem Remains

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