LESSON PLANS ON AGING ISSUES:
Creative Ways to Meet Social Studies Standards
About the Project
Lesson Plans on Aging Issues is a project of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute. Our goal is to meet standards by integrating issues of aging into the social studies curriculum for grades 7 to 12. Because people in the United States are living longer and healthier lives, and the enormous baby boom generation is approaching "senior status," it is increasingly important for today's students to understand the impact of aging on individuals, families and society in the 21st century. The project:
For a discussion about the importance of teaching about aging see http://www.unt.edu/natla.
The lesson plans are grouped by the social studies courses for which
they were created: Participation in Government, Global History and American
In addition, the NYS Gerontology Elective Curriculum Resource Guide for Family and Consumer Science has been supplemented and updated by Mattie Bonavia, a former Ithaca college faculty member and consultant to the Gerontology Institute. It contains useful internet exercises, games, role-plays, and word puzzles that can supplement the social studies lessons and help to keep students interested and involved. http://www.ithaca.edu/aging/guide.