By Denise Bodart, Realityworks RealCare Product Manager
In addition to offering powerful experiential learning products, Realityworks‘ RealCare product line also offers effective, standards-based curriculum. In a new blog series called “Must-See Highlights from the RealCare Curriculum,” we’re going to highlight various activities, lessons and free downloads from each product’s curriculum to help ensure that our product users are making the most of their tools.
Let’s start with our Pregnancy Profile Simulator, which includes the “Understanding Pregnancy” curriculum. This curriculum has many hidden gems that you might not know about!
For instance, one important part of Lesson 5 is a discussion about fetal development by trimester. As you can see from the below example, the slide presentation designed to accompany that discussion shows fetal development month by month:
In addition to this slide presentation, we also offer a free in-class activity designed to enhance the fetal development lesson: the Trimester Development Mix-Up.
Learn more about this activity and how to utilize it in your classroom by downloading your own Trimester Characteristics handout, then reading the instructions below!
Trimester Development Mix-Up instructions:
- Cut each developmental characteristic listed on the Trimester Characteristics sheet following the provided dotted lines.
- Write “First Trimester,” “Second Trimester,” and “Third Trimester” on a marker board or chalk board.
- Mix up the developmental characteristics in a hat or other container, then have each participant take turns drawing one and deciding which trimester it belongs in.
- Write the characteristic on the board under the trimester the participant chose, or tape the papers on the board and move as needed.
- After all the characteristics have been assigned, hand out the Trimester Development sheet and discuss each trimester. Change the lists so they are correct as you discuss each characteristic.
- Does one trimester have more characteristics than another? Which one?
- Which trimester is the most important? (All three are equally important, but major organs and systems form mostly in the first trimester.)
This activity could also be part of a day that includes guest speakers brought in to discuss pregnancy, labor and delivery. Speakers could feature:
- A panel of women currently at various stages of pregnancy
- Obstetrician from a local clinic
- Ultrasound technician
You could use this activity in a unit on human growth and development, pregnancy, or health occupations.
How do you envision using the Trimester Development Mix-Up Activity in your classroom? Share your ideas in the comments!