Lesson Plan

The Nervous System

Parts of the Nervous System and how it works

Students will be able to...

Identify and learn the 3 parts that make up the Nervous System

Understand how the 3 parts work together

Understand what a neuron is and how they function

Grades 4
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Conversing

Ask the students to think about what their body can do by itself and and what they make it do.

Ask students why are they able to feel things?

Let student students share answers

Play Brain Pop video:  "The Nervous System"


2 Direct Instruction

1. Teacher will project the following work sheet onto the projector:


2. Teacher will explain how each part of the nervous system works using projector to draw, label, explain and define terms.


Student Instructions

Students will use the app called Bamboo paper to draw and label their own nervous system while teacher is presenting information.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Investigating

1. Teacher will hand out work sheets



2. Teacher will explain to students that they need to answer based off what they understood from the video and to discuss possible answers with classmates

Student Instructions

Students work in groups to answer work sheets

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

1.  Explain that students will watch a video that goes into more detail about the neuron:


2. Play video

3. Explain that after the video, students will create an "order of events" for how the nerve impulse travels.

4. Explain that students will be making a model of a neuron using pipe cleaner (axon), puffy balls (cell body), tape (myelin) and glitter (nuerotransmitters)

5 Wrap up

Activity: Creating

Tell students they will be making a movie about the nervous system using Brain Pop

Tell students to log onto the Brain Pop web site and have them go to the nervous system and click on games and activities.


Student Instructions

Using their iPads/chromebooks have students log onto Brain Pop and create a video about the nervous system.

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