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Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms

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Teacher's Guide

Using the Student Lessons

The heart of this module is a set of classroom lessons. These lessons are the vehicles that we hope will convey important concepts related to sleep and its physiological functions, and biological rhythms, as well as sleep disorders and the effects of sleep deprivation. To review the concepts in detail, refer to the chart Conceptual Flow of the Lessons.

Format of the Lessons

As you scan the lessons, you will find that each contains several major features.

At a Glance gives you a convenient summary of the lesson.

In Advance provides instructions for collecting and preparing the materials required to complete the activities in the lesson.

Procedure outlines the steps in each activity in the lesson. It provides implementation suggestions and answers to questions.

Within the procedures, annotations provide additional commentary.

National Science Education Standards icon identifies teaching strategies that address specific science content standards as defined by the National Science Education Standards.

Web activity icon identifies when to use the World Wide Web site as part of the teaching strategies. Instructions in the Procedure section tell you how to access the Web site. Additional information about using the Web site can be found in Using the Web Site. A print-based alternative to Web activities is provided in case a computer with Internet access is not available.

print activity icon identifies a print-based alternative to a Web-based activity to be used when computers are not available.

assessment icon identifies when assessment is embedded in the module’s structure. An annotation suggests strategies for assessment.

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.

The Masters to be photocopied are found at the end of each lesson.

Timeline for the Module

The Suggested Timeline (below) outlines the optimal plan for completing the lessons in this module. The plan assumes you will teach the lessons on consecutive days. If your class requires more time for completing the procedures, discussing issues raised in this module, or completing activities on the Web site, adjust your timeline accordingly.

Suggested Timeline
Timeline Activity
3 weeks ahead Reserve computers
Check performance of Web site
10 days ahead Pre-lesson
Activity: Sleep Diary
7 days ahead Make photocopies
Make transparencies
Gather materials
Day 1
Lesson 1
Activity 1: What Do You Know (or Think You Know) about Sleep?
Day 2
Lesson 1
Activity 2: Sleep Diary
Day 3
Lesson 2
Activity 1: Houston, We Have a Problem
Day 4
Lesson 3
Activity 1: Michel Siffre Story
Activity 2: Sleepiness Scale, Introduction to Rhythms
Day 5
Lesson 4
Activity 1: Snoring—Believe It or Not!
Activity 2: Diagnosis Unknown
Day 6
Lesson 5
Activity 1: Sleepiness and Driving—What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

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