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The Brain: Our Sense of Self

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Teacher's Guide

Using the Student Lessons

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.

Format 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.

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.

Timeline for 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.

Suggested Timeline
Timeline Activity
3 weeks ahead Reserve computers
Check performance of Web site
7 days ahead Make photocopies and transparencies
Gather materials
Day 1
Lesson 1
Activity 1: A Difference of Mind
Day 2
Lesson 2
Activity 1: Picturing the Brain
Activity 2: Decisions, Decisions
Day 3
Lesson 3
Activity 1: Information Flow
Activity 2: Inside Information, Part 1
Day 4
Lesson 3
Activity 2: Inside Information, Part 2
Activity 3: Summing It Up
Day 5
Lesson 4
Activity 1: Effect of Social Interaction on Learning
Day 6
Lesson 4
Activity 2: Effects of Enrichment and Exercise on Learning
Activity 3: A Human Perspective
Day 7
Lesson 5
Activity 1: Our Sense of Self

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