Child Development Lesson Plan Competition exists to provide resources for FACS teachers about the vast array of opportunities available in the rapidly growing and evolving field of child development.  One such resource will be child development lesson plans designed to help students in middle through high school, understand the essential facts, concepts, principles, and theories relating to child development applications.  The Lesson Plan Competition invites FACS students and Family and Consumer Science Teachers to submit plans on child development topics for inclusion on the Web site.


FACS Students and Family and Consumer Science teachers are eligible to compete in the Lesson Plan Competition. Entrants may compete as individuals only.

Lesson plan topics and format is in search of creative, engaging lesson plans that will expose students to fundamental activities in our discipline on topics such as:

  • Child Care
  • Human Development
  • Child Development Professions, and
  • Child Development Theories & Application
Lesson plans should expose pupils to fundamental activities of child development concepts, critical thinking and active problem solving. Most of all, lesson plans should be fun! The format for lesson plans will be modeled after lessons currently featured on

Submission process

The Lesson Plan Competition involves two stages.
Stage 1: The proposer submits a one-page summary lesson plan outline. If accepted after review, the lesson plan finalists are invited to submit a detailed lesson plan to the vetting committee.
Send outlines via e-mail by 15 May 2012 and include the following information:
  • Lead proposer name
  • Lead proposer contact information
  • PDF attachment of a Lesson Plan Outline (one-inch margins, single-spaced text in either Times New Roman 12-point font or Arial 11-point font)
The lesson plan outline must contain the following:
  • Lesson plan title
  • Lesson Summary – which describes the lesson’s central point/concept and indicates the goal and activities
  • Grade Level & Time Frame
  • Objectives – which enumerate the prime goals of the lesson plan, includes what the students should be able to do during the lesson, and describes how the students demonstrate what they learned
  • Materials/Documents – list of textbooks, documents, worksheets, power points needed for this lesson
  • Lesson Instruction – which provides an overview of the activity and includes a summary of the learning activity
  • Lesson Activities – description of activities students are to do.
  • Background for Teachers – any additional notes that teachers would find helpful to complete this lesson.
  • Evaluation – how students are graded, rubrics, a quiz, a test, etc.
  • Links/Works cited – supporting or additional resources

Stage 2: Successful proposers will be invited to work with the portal team to finalize the lesson plan for inclusion on Web site.

  • Be free of copyright issues
  • Include hands-on activities
  • Be comprehensive and complete enough for the teacher to use “as-is”
  • Include safety alerts where necessary
  • Include recommended grade levels
  • Include time frame (block/period(s))
  • Include supporting documents (power points, worksheets, PDF’s, etc)
  • Where appropriate, include teacher answers
  • Where possible, provide graphics or pictures of the lesson plan being executed or items built

Lesson plan outlines and full lesson plan submissions will be reviewed on the basis of relevance, quality and discovery.


The top lesson plans will receive a $50 gift card of the recipient’s choice, along with a congratulatory letter to be copied to her/his Department Head and/or Dean (if applicable). The runners up will receive product awards mailed to their submission address. The awardees will be invited to submit personal profiles that will be published on the Web site along with their lesson plans. Awards will be distributed in November 2012.

Important dates

Outlines Due – 15 May 2012
Acceptance/Rejection Letters Sent – 1 June 2012
Full Lesson Plans Due – 31 August 2012
Awards Announced – October 2012
Awards Distributed – November 2012


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