The heart of this module is a set of classroom lessons that allow students to discover important concepts related to mental illnesses—what they are, what influences whether a person gets one, and how they can be treated. To review the concepts in detail, refer to the Conceptual Flow of the Lessons chart.
As you review the lessons, you will find that each includes several major features.
At a Glance offers a convenient summary of the lesson.
In Advance provides instructions for collecting and preparing materials required to complete the activities in the lesson.
Procedure details the steps in each activity in the lesson. It includes implementation suggestions and answers to questions.
Within the Procedure section, annotations provide additional commentary.
identifies teaching strategies that address specific science content standards as defined by the National Science Education Standards.
identifies when to use the Web site as part of the teaching strategy. Instructions in the Procedures section tell you how to access the Web site. Specific information about the Web site can be found in Using the Web Site.
identifies an alternative to a Web-based activity to be used when computers are not available. The print-based activity addresses the same concepts as its Web-based counterpart.
identifies when in Lesson 5 the accompanying DVD might be used. The video on the DVD is the same as that on the Web site for Lesson 5, but in a format that may be more convenient for some classrooms.
identifies when assessment is embedded in the module’s structure. An annotation suggests strategies for assessment.
identifies suggestions from field-test teachers for teaching strategies, class management, and module implementation.
The Lesson Wrap-Up concludes each lesson by asking students to write a few sentences summarizing the main ideas conveyed in the lesson. These summaries will be useful when students begin working on Lesson 6, the Evaluate lesson. Spending a few minutes writing the summary can also serve as an opportunity for students to assess what they have learned and how their understanding has changed.
The Lesson Organizer provides a brief summary of the lesson. It outlines procedural steps for each activity and includes icons that denote where masters, transparencies, and the Web site are used. The lesson organizer is intended to be a memory aid for you to use only after you become familiar with the detailed procedures for the activities. It can be a handy resource during lesson preparation as well as during classroom instruction.
Masters to be photocopied are at the end of the module, after Lesson 6.
The timeline below outlines the optimal plan for completing the lessons in this module. The plan assumes you will teach the activities on consecutive days. If your class requires more time to discuss issues raised during a lesson or to complete activities, adjust your timeline accordingly. If you wish to save class time, you can ask students to write their responses to the Lesson Wrap-Ups as homework assignments.
|3 weeks ahead||Reserve computers
Check performance of Web site. Be sure appropriate versions of the required plug-ins are installed on the computers.
|7 days ahead||Make photocopies and transparencies
|Day 1||Lesson 1
Activity 1: Inducing a Response
Activity 2: What Do I Know about Mental Illness?
Activity 3: What Happens in the Brain?
|Day 2||Lesson 2
Activity 1: What’s the Health Problem?
|Day 3||Lesson 2 (continued)
Activity 2: Defining “Illness”
Activity 3: Observing the Depressed Brain
|Day 4||Lesson 3
Activity 1: What Are the Risks?
|Day 5||Lesson 3 (continued)
Activity 1: continued
|Day 6||Lesson 4
Activity 1: Will It Get Better?
|Day 7||Lesson 5
Activity 1: Like Any Other Kid
|Day 8||Lesson 6
Activity 1: Spreading the Word—What Should People Know?
|Day 9||Lesson 6 (continued)
Activity 1: continued
Activity 2: What Do You Think about Mental Illness Now?