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Attention, sugar addicts! Here's why you can't quit the habit. Sweet taste receptors send a signal to the brain, which activates a reward system that responds by telling you to eat again. Over activating this reward system results in a lowered tolerance, and therefore increased amounts to get the same effect. Find out how dopamine levels in the brain are spiked by watching this film that will enrich your biology or health curriculum. 
Have you heard that humans only use about 10 percent of their brains? Well, don't believe it! After describing the tremendous amount of energy needed to power our 86 billion densely packed neurons, the narrator also explains how our proficiency goes down as we try to tackle more than one task at a time. Your brain is not lazy! It is busy maintaining those neurons and sending constant signals, albeit unconsciously. Add this encouraging film to a lesson on the brain.
Short brain breaks increase engagement and encourage teamwork in elementary, middle school, and even high school classrooms.
Break your class in to the general structure and function of the brain. Brainiacs discuss what they know about it and create personalized brain development timelines. They also take a true-false, pre-assessment quiz to get them thinking about this central organ. The lesson serves as an introduction to a fabulous, full unit on brain chemistry. Use it with your middle school human body systems curriculum.
Could zombies be driven by brain functions just like humans? This is a creative way to demonstrate to your class how we can use evidence and reasoning to diagnose particular situations, as well as to provide young learners with an overview of how behavioral abnormalities are rooted in the brain.
Students explore the causes and effects of marijuana addiction and research how THC affects different areas of the brain. They synthesize their knowledge by creating print advertisements that inform teenagers about the physiologic danger of drugs
A virtual 3-D tour leads learners to developing icons representing the function of various parts of the brain. These icons are then used to label hand-drawn maps of the brain. A worksheet, assessment, and detailed procedures are included.
Become familiar with how the brain works! This human body teaches how to recognize different parts of the brain through a coloring activity that focuses on what function each part performs. Each student makes a brain puzzle and creates a survey about the side of the brain people use more often. Worksheets are not included, and the lesson requires the teacher to have a text about the brain.
With a couple of neat diagrams on student handouts, your life science or health class will examine the contents and serving sizes of healthy foods. They dissect a slice of pizza and scrutinize the nutritional value of its components in writing. Though the lesson is part of a unit,and some of the discussion directly pertains to the brain, it really is more of a general nutrition lesson, reflective of the USDA MyPlate guidelines. In other words, it can easily stand alone as part of your nutrition class.
This may answer some of your questions about your students' behavior, as well as explain to them the development stage that their brains are in. The roles of adrenal glands, apocrine (sweat) glands, and pituitary glands are explained as an introduction. Different regions of the brain and their functions are related in regard to the changes accompanying puberty. Have learners take notes as they watch this at home.
If you have implemented this fabulous brain chemistry unit in its entirety, you should have saved the pre-assessment quizzes from day one. In this assignment, individual learners go back over their original answers, and correct any incorrect responses. There is not much to the teacher's guide, but it is a useful resource,and it does make a pertinent and reflective conclusion to the brain chemistry curriculum.
Students discover the basic structures of the brain and the functions certain parts play in the interpretation of stimuli in this great Life Science lesson for the High School classroom. The lesson suggests the use of Sheep brains for physical dissection.
Students explore biology by completing a human body worksheet. In this human brain lesson plan, students identify the different anatomy within the brain and the functions those pieces form. Students read an article about signals in the brain then answer study questions and complete a worksheet in class.
The tragic story of Derek Boogard, a hockey star whose sports-related brain injuries eventually lead to his death, is told through a series of videos. There are also articles that can be read. This poignant lesson gets participants to consider and discuss the physical dangers of contact sports, as well as the emotional toll. In small groups, learners then prepare presentations about the relationship between sports and brain trauma. 
As far back as your scholars can remember, their country has been at war. Be sure they understand the various implications of this global conflict by presenting personal stories of veterans who have suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) on the front lines. They watch video clips about TBI, filling out a viewing guide as they go. There are great informational handouts to educate military families about this under-diagnosed condition, possibly with the goal of creating an outreach. Check out the extension ideas for further research plans. It's best to find this lesson on the PBS website by entering "POV TBI" into the search engine, as the viewing guide and videos are actually linked there. 
In these reading comprehension worksheets, 8th graders read a passage about the brain. Students then answer 5 reading comprehension questions about the text.
Young scholars examine the function of the brain. Using the internet, they research facts of the brains of vertebrates. Using clay, they make three sculptures of brains of different vertebrates and use crayola colors to color it. To end the lesson, they label each brain with the name of the animal and its characteristics.
Students, in groups, conduct research about a specific disorder of the brain, create a character study of a person with that brain disorder, and then present the information to the rest of the class.
Students condense information and create a summary paragraph on a video segment. In this brain activity lesson, students watch a video that chronicles an experiment in how the brain responds when making moral decisions. Students use a graphic organizer to condense the information, then summarize the experiment and conclusions in a paragraph.
Incorporate this slide show into your lecture about speech, language, psychology, or physiology. Addressing the structure of the brain as well as handedness and aphasia, the presentation could fit the needs of many different lecturers. The end of the slideshow discusses common and famous slips of the tongue, as well as resource links and a list of references.