The heart of this module is a set of five classroom lessons that allow students to discover important concepts related to the brain and how it makes us who we are. To review these concepts in detail, refer to the chart Conceptual Flow of the Lessons.
As you review the lessons, you will find that all contain common 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 provides a step-by-step approach for conducting each activity in the classroom. It includes implementation suggestions and answers to discussion 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 tell you how to access the Web site and relevant activity. Information about using the Web site can be found in Using the Web Site. A print-based alternative to each Web activity is provided for classrooms in which Internet access is not available.
identifies a print-based alternative to a Web-based activity to be used when computers with access to the Internet are not available.
The Lesson Organizer provides a brief summary of the lesson. It outlines procedural steps for each activity and includes icons that denote where in each activity 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 found after Lesson 5, at the end of the module.
The timeline below outlines the optimal plan for completing the five lessons in this module. The plan assumes you will teach the activities on consecutive days. If your class requires more time for discussing issues raised in this module or for completing activities, adjust your timeline accordingly.
|3 weeks ahead||Reserve computers
Check performance of Web site
|7 days ahead||Make photocopies and transparencies
Activity 1: A Difference of Mind
Activity 1: Picturing the Brain
Activity 2: Decisions, Decisions
Activity 1: Information Flow
Activity 2: Inside Information, Part 1
Activity 2: Inside Information, Part 2
Activity 3: Summing It Up
Activity 1: Effect of Social Interaction on Learning
Activity 2: Effects of Enrichment and Exercise on Learning
Activity 3: A Human Perspective
Activity 1: Our Sense of Self