Examples of Applied Psychology

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  • 1. NICOLE HAUSER ISTC 633 JULY 15, 2008 Applied Psychology of Learning 5 Lessons
  • 2. Lesson 1
    • Hershey Bar Fractions
  • 3. Overview & Purpose
    • This activity is suitable for 1 st or 2 nd graders. The activity uses Hershey Chocolate Bars to represent fractions. The teacher will read the book The Hershey Chocolate Bar Fractions Book by Jerry Pallotta. The students will use their own fun size Hershey Bars to complete premade worksheet.
  • 4. Objective
    • Students will be able to represent fractions of one whole, one half, one fourth, and two fourths by using Hershey Bars.
  • 5. Activity
    • Teacher will read Hershey Bar fractions book
    • Teacher will model fractions by using a Hershey Bar
    • Students will get their own Hershey Bar to complete the fraction worksheet
  • 6. Applied Psychology of Learning
    • The activity uses the constructivist approach to learning
      • Students use background knowledge.
      • Students construct own meaning about fractions .
    • Using the Hershey Bars for manipulatives is a great way for students to get motivated and more likely to stay on task during the activity.
  • 7. Lesson 2
    • Chocolate Chip Fossils
  • 8. Overview & Purpose
    • This activity is good for second grade students. This activity examines how paleontologists dig for fossils. Students get to pretend they are paleontologists digging for fossils by using toothpicks to dig out chocolate chips .
  • 9. Objective
    • Students will be able learn about paleontology and fossils by digging out chocolate chips from a cookie.
  • 10. Activity
    • This activity is a hands on reinforcement of what it is like to be a scientist.
    • Each student will get a cookie and a toothpick.
    • Students have to take their time and not break a chocolate chip when digging for chips.
    • Whoever has the most chips earns a prize!
  • 11. Applied Psychology of Learning
    • At this age, students still like to use their imagination.
    • This relates to the discovery learning theory because the students are involved in hands-on learning and experiencing what it is like to be a paleontologist and how they conduct their job.
    • They are constructing their own knowledge because they get a sense of what paleontologists do, and not just being told what they do and how they do it.
  • 12. Lesson 3
    • M&M Bar Graph
  • 13. Overview & Purpose
    • Using M&M’s for graphing is a great activity for grades 1 st -3 rd . This is a hands-on approach to making bar graphs and each student makes an individual bar graph, since each pack of M&M’s are different. Students will also have to answer questions based off the graph that they made. There is also a premade worksheet for students.
  • 14. Objectives
    • Students will be able to make and interpret a bar graph by using M&M’s and graphing the colors and amount of each color.
    • Students will be able to answer questions about their information about their bar graph.
  • 15. Activity
    • Each student will get their own packet of M&M’s.
    • Students will count and sort each color.
    • Students will complete bar graph based on colors and amount of each color by using a premade worksheet for this activity.
    • Students will answer questions based off the graph that they made.
  • 16. Applied Psychology of Learning
    • This uses the constructivist approach to learning.
      • students are constructing their own concepts of bar graphs, why we use them, and how to interpret data.
    • Using M&M’s gives students a tactile manipulative to make individual bar graphs.
    • Students are using background knowledge and gaining more information from creating their own graph and sharing information with other classmates.
  • 17. Lesson 4
    • Parts of a Flower
  • 18. Overview & Purpose
    • The parts of a flower lesson is suitable for grades 1 st -3 rd . The students are able to use real life resources to make the lesson engaging for the students. The students will learn the parts of the flower, by actually planting their own flower and watching it grow.
  • 19. Objective
    • Students will be able to identify parts of a flower by planting seeds and watching the flower grow.
  • 20. Activity
    • Students will each get a seed and a pot with soil in it and plant the seed.
    • Students will be able to watch the seed grow in the plant.
    • Students will be able to label parts of a plant.
  • 21. Applied Psychology of Learning
    • This lesson uses the naturalistic approach and creates an authentic learning experience.
    • The students are able to personalize this lesson because they watched their flower grow and learned from their flower.
    • They will be more receptive to the lesson and their learning because they are creating their own knowledge.
  • 22. Lesson 5
    • Sight Word “Bump” Game
  • 23. Overview & Purpose
    • This activity is a great way for primary age students to learn and remember sight words, which will make them more fluent readers. Teacher will need to put words into a bag for the students to use. This game allows students to work together and makes practicing reading sight words fun.
  • 24. Objective
    • Students will be able to practice sight words by playing “sight word bump game” with a small group and reading cards from the bag.
  • 25. Activity
    • Students will be in small groups sitting in a circle.
    • One at a time, each student pulls out a card, if the child reads the card correctly, they keep the card.
    • If a student pulls the “bump” card, they have to put all the cards they have back into the bag.
    • The child with the most cards, wins the game.
  • 26. Applied Psychology of Learning
    • This lesson uses the cooperative learning theory
      • Students learn from each other
      • Develop social and communication skills
    • Developing sight word knowledge is very important at the primary grades and by integrating games to help develop this knowledge is a great way for students to enjoy reading and wanting to become better readers