The Nervous System
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.
Students will use the app called Bamboo paper to draw and label their own nervous system while teacher is presenting information.
3 Guided Practice
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
Students work in groups to answer work sheets
4 Independent Practice
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
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.
Using their iPads/chromebooks have students log onto Brain Pop and create a video about the nervous system.
Key Standards Supported
From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.
Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive.
Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
Use a model to describe that animals’ receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
Support an argument that plants get the materials they need for growth chiefly from air and water.
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells, either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.
Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.
Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.
Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules.
Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed resulting in a net transfer of energy.