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P.E. Central Lesson Plan: Can I Handle Having a Baby?
Purpose of Activity:To let students have a hands on experience of what it might be like to have a child.
Suggested Grade Level:9-12
Materials Needed:2 liter pop bottles; sand
Lesson Plan:Description of Idea
(This activity was originally designed to be used with freshman girls. It could be easily adapted to boys as well.)
Have each student bring pop bottles with a lid to school. Fill each of the bottles with sand to give the bottles weight. The bottles represent babies. Students may dress their babies up with clothes, diapers, etc.
Students are to carry their baby around for one complete week. Each day in class students spend time discussing how their week is going. Students must keep their baby with them at all times during the school day. If the teacher of the class, or any other teacher in the school, sees a student be inattentive to his or her baby they lose points from their final grade.
Students efforts to care for their babies should not interrupt any of their other classes. It is good to have the other teachers in the school cooperate with this activity. If a teacher sees a baby that has been left unattended, the baby is to be taken by the teacher and considered kidnapped.
The goal of the activity is to help kids understand, in a small way, how much time and responsibility are required to have a child.
Watch how well each student treats their child. Have other teachers watch as well. Check the bottles for abnormal dents or holes which may indicate any abuse.
Author:Chris Friend who teaches at Madison High School in Madison , KS . Posted on PEC: 5/17/2000.
This lesson plan was provided courtesy of P.E. Central (www.pecentral.org).
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