Neuroscience Teacher Resources
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The Cockroach Beatbox
A neuroscientist explains, with the aid of creative and colorful animation and an actual cockroach leg, how the brain transmits and receives electrical messages. He uses electricity to cause the cockroach leg to move. This top-notch video is a must for your nervous system unit! Fabulous! If you are really ambitious, try the demonstration yourself!
New! What Is a Neuron?
Your class won't get on your nerves with this modeling activity! After teaching the structure and function of a neuron using the included diagrams, give individuals some clay and chenille stems so that they can make their own neuron model. This is the first lesson plan of an outstanding unit on brain chemistry, ideal for meeting middle school science standards and addressing the dangers of drug use at the same time!
New! Pre-assessment: The Brain
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.
Crossing the Synaptic Gap
As part of a unit on the chemistry of the brain, thinkers learn how chemicals work to transmit messages between individual neurons and how controlled substances impact the synaptic cleft. They do so by playing a dice-and-card game in which the numbers that appear on the dice represent the number of incoming signals and the number of signals inhibited by drugs. This fun activity is a stimulating discussion-starter on the nervous system or on substance abuse in either a life science or health class. Note that you will need a projection image from one of the other wonderful lessons in the unit.
New! Neurotransmitters Contain Chemicals
Human body systems students play a card game, "Locks & Keys" in order to learn that neurotransmitters carry a message from one neuron to another by fitting into a receptor site on the receiving nerve cell. While this activity can stand alone as a instructional activity, it is part of a larger series of lessons on the chemistry of the brain. You will appreciate the supportive resources and the variety of instructional strategies used throughout the unit.
New! Neural Network Signals
Using a simple circuit with the battery representing the brain, future physiologists test to see which solutions conduct electrical "nerve impulses." Enlighten learners with plentiful information on electric signals in the nervous system and the extensions suggested in the teacher's guide. Implement this and other lessons from the same unit when addressing Next Generation Science Standards for your middle school life science class.
New! Drugs, Risks and the Nervous System
In cooperative groups, middle schoolers contemplate the probability of 18 different situations occurring. After they make predictions, they compare them to the actual risk factors. This eye-opening exercise demonstrates that the odds of problems related to drug use are greater than the odds of many other events. As part of a larger unit on brain chemistry, this can be used in your human body systems or in your health and controlled substance unit.
New! Hormones and Stress
As a more personal part of a unit on brain chemistry, your class discusses stressful situations and the body's response to them. They talk about how, while the reactions are initially helpful, some can be harmful to your health. Finally, they write about ways that stress can be minimized. The discussion and writing exercise is ideal for meeting middle school Next Generation Science Standards, and would be best used alongside other unit components.
New! Post-Assessment: Brain Chemistry
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.
New! Food for 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.
Fighting the War in Your Head
Students analyze the experiences of a fictional soldier in a war and create a mental health profile for that individual. They emulate psychiatrists and propose treatment strategies for their particular soldier's post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brain Awareness Week
Young scholars explore human anatomy by completing a list of activities over five days. In this brain science lessons, students examine images of brains and identify the different parts. Young scholars complete an in-class quiz regarding brain anatomy and conduct a model building activity.
Brain Awareness Week Lessons
Learners explore the human brain and nervous system. In this brain awareness lesson, students examine specific terms with regards to the human brain. Learners discover the brain's structure and function and how it functions as the body's control center. Students complete a multiple choice quiz on brain anatomy.
Students explore two pathways for information through the nervous system. The pathways for involuntary action or reflex and voluntary responses are built and related to the element of choice.
Anatomy of the Brain
Students explore human anatomy by completing a quiz. In this brain lesson, students read assigned text which discusses the different elements of the human brain and how they are used in everyday experiences. Students answer a multiple choice quiz on brain anatomy.
Brain Awareness Week
Students explore the brain. In this science lesson, students create a model of the brain and discuss steps taken in order to protect the brain. Students design a container that would protect the brain from injury. Students discuss the parts of the nervous system and view a neuron.
Reading Comprehension Practice: Nonfiction Text
Students practice their reading comprehension. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read or listen to a nonfiction article about meditation. This lesson includes discussion questions and comprehension questions.
How We Perceive Movement, Depth and Illusions
Young scholars examine how depth perception works through a class experiment. They design and perform their own experiment that investigates visual illusions.
Multicultural Science Education: Myths, Legends, and Moon Phases
Students listen to a Native American moon myth before observing a teacher demonstration showing the phases of the moon and they follow along with a styrofoam ball. They write an original moon myth. They work through the phases of the moon with a partner.
I Belong to.....(The Senses)
In this neuroscience for kids instructional activity, students identify whether each of the 20 body parts listed belongs to the eye, ear, nose, or mouth.