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Brain Power: Grades 2-3


  1. Neurotransmission is a very difficult subject and may be a challenge for some second - and third-grade students. Our goal is for each student to understand by the end of the activity that messages travel from different parts of the body to the brain, where they are processed and sent back through the body.
  2. In addition, look for the following indicators of understanding of key concepts:
    • Are the students able to simulate neurotransmission without difficulty? Can they describe in their own words how neurotransmission works?
    • Are the students able to apply what they learned to another message, such as "What does the flower smell like?"
    • Are students able to explain in pictures or words how neurotransmission works?
  3. Put each student’s log sheet in his or her student portfolio.

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NIDA. (2012, September 1). Brain Power: Grades 2-3. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/brain-power/brain-power-grades-2-3

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