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Grades 6-9

Preparation/Introduction

Preparation

  • Read the Background section of this module for more information about the brain and neurotransmission.
  • Provide students with the Module 1 magazine The Brain and Nervous System for background knowledge.
  • Determine which activities you want the class to complete.
  • Arrange for computer lab time or prepare the classroom computer for students' Internet and CD-ROM use.
  • Photocopy and pass out the Brain Parts Fact Sheet and the Neurotransmission Fact Sheet for students to complete during the lecture.
  • Prepare transparencies and photocopies for the lesson.

Introduction

Time: 15 - 20 minutes

Supplies: Transparencies of diagrams if needed

Handouts: Module 1 magazine (PDF, 10.4MB)

Brain Parts Fact Sheet (PDF, 668KB)
(Page 6 in the pdf)

Reading: Begin by giving students adequate time to read the student magazine. Have students pay particular attention to the following sections: Background, Stats and Facts, and Science in the Spotlight.

Discussion: After students have read the magazine, facilitate a discussion about the brain using the following questions. If necessary, review this information with your students, using the diagrams provided.

The Parts of the Brain

  • What does the brain do?
  • What are the four lobes of the brain?
  • What are the functions of the right and left hemispheres?
  • What does the limbic system control?
  • What are three functions of the brain stem?

Neurotransmission

  • What are the three main parts of a neuron?
  • Approximately how many neurons are in the brain?
  • What are the steps of neurotransmission?
  • What are the definitions of neurotransmitters, synapse, and receptors?

This page was last updated June 2007