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M&F Chapter 10 - Family Life Cycle

Main Core Tie

Adult Roles And Responsibilities
Strand 4 Standard 4

Additional Core Ties

Adult Roles and Financial Literacy
Strand 6 Standard 3

Adult Roles And Responsibilities
Strand 4 Standard 2

Time Frame

9 class periods of 90 minutes each

Group Size

Large Groups

Life Skills

  • Thinking & Reasoning
  • Communication
  • Social & Civic Responsibility




This is an indepth study of all stages of the family life cycle including the engagement, wedding, marital adjustments, middle and late marriage, aging and death.


  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Projector
  • VCR for video
  • All handouts from the FHS 2400 CD.

    Background for Teachers

    Reading of text.

    Student Prior Knowledge

    Reading of text.

    Intended Learning Outcomes

    Students will gain insight into the different aspects of the family life cycle, including the parent/teen relationship. They will identify the purposes of the engagement period and the honeymoon; common marital adjustments and needs and expectations. They will gain empathy for the aging, critique care options, and understand the grieving process.

    Instructional Procedures


  • Print all lesson plans and handouts from the FHS 2400 CD.
  • Lesson #1 - Teens.
  • Lesson #2 - Family Life Cycle.
  • Lesson #3 - Engagement.
  • Lesson #4 - Reception and Marriage.
  • Lesson #5 - Video "Big Fat Greek Wedding".
  • Lesson #6 - Honeymoon and Marital Adjustments.
  • Lesson #7 - Middle and Late Marriage, Aging.
  • Lesson #8 - Empathy Activity and Aspects of Aging.
  • Lesson #9 - Death.

    Assessment Plan

    Students will have completed the reading tests before coming to class. A final Exam will be given on the chapter.

    Contact using your education email address if you would like copies of the test / exam for this lesson plan. Be sure to include the Lesson Plan title in your email request.


    The Marriage & Family Experience (8th Edition) by Strong.

  • Created: 06/23/2005
    Updated: 02/05/2018