In this course we will go over the basics of Biology and dig deeper into Neuroscience. We will start off by learning about cells and then transition into the nervous system and how the brain regulates movement. All lessons will start off with a video and a worksheet you may use to take notes, followed by activities and labs that kids can do at home or in school. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lesson 1: Introduction to Cells
In this lesson we will learn about the cell theory and go into detail about cells.
Step 1: Watch the video labeled “Introduction to Cells” and fill in the notes packet at the same time.
Step 2: Follow the instructions for the interactive activity (worksheet attached)
Lesson 2: Introduction to Neuroscience
In this lesson we will learn about the organs (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) within the nervous system and then go into detail about how the brain regulates movement
Step 1: Watch the video labeled “Introduction to Neuroscience” and fill in the notes packet at the same time.
In this activity, you will have the opportunity to play the game of telephone with a slight variation. Each person will have a role: the 5 senses, the brain, neuron, or muscle. The people assigned the brain will have the responsibility to decide what the muscle has to do and the neurons will pass that messages along to the muscles. Once the muscles have received the message, follow the instructions written by the brain. You may watch the video labeled “Introduction to Neuroscience Activity” to get a better idea of what this lab is about.
In this activity the class will go through some neuroscience slides or cards and the student’s job will be to identify which topic is a myth (false) and which one isn’t. You may divide your class into groups and have a competition to see which group gets the most right. I have attached printable flashcards (“Neuro Myths Worksheet) that can be handed out to students and a slide show that can be displayed on the classroom screen.
Lesson 3: Action Potentials
In this lesson we will learn more about how messages are sent across the body though the use of action potentials. Then we will go into detail about the importance of atoms and how change in charges allow action potentials to go down the axon of a neuron.
Step 1: Watch the video labeled “action potentials” and fill in the notes packet at the same time.
Backyard Brains: Record Electricity from your Muscles Experiment
Step 1: Watch the video labeled, “Backyard Brains: Record Electricity from your Muscles Experiment”. Then, do the experiment with a family or friend.
If your classroom can not afford the muscle spiker box kit, don’t worry we can provide it for you. Email email@example.com and we will try to get you one.
To find more neuroscience experiments and research projects click on the button labeled “Backyard Brains”. To learn more about how to order the kit, used in the following video, click on the button labeled “Lesson 3 Experiment”
Inca Brain Surgery (optional)
In this lesson, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Incas and how they contributed to neuroscience.