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The Brain, Neurons and Brain Chemistry

The Brain, Neurons and Brain Chemistry

Students learn about the brain, neurons and chemical communication in the brain and nervous system, while building understanding of the powerful effects of drugs in the brain and body, and how our choices can affect brain function and performance.

  • The Brain (pre-assessment)

    The Brain (pre-assessment)Lesson

    Students are introduced to the structure of the brain, and they complete a pre-assessment that measures how much they already know about the brain and nervous system.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • What Is a Neuron?

    What Is a Neuron?Lesson

    Students build a model neuron and learn how neurons send and receive messages.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Neural Network Signals

    Neural Network SignalsLesson

    Students create an electrical circuit and investigate whether or not different dissolved substances conduct electricity.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Neurotransmitters Contain Chemicals

    Neurotransmitters Contain ChemicalsLesson

    Students play a simple card game to learn the sequence of events involved in transmitting signals through the nervous system.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Crossing the Synaptic Gap

    Crossing the Synaptic GapLesson

    Students conduct a simulation to demonstrate how multiple incoming signals influence the action of neurons.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Hormones and Stress

    Hormones and StressLesson

    Students describe stressful situations they have experienced, and how their bodies responded to those events.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Drugs, Risks and the Nervous System

    Drugs, Risks and the Nervous SystemLesson

    Students estimate the risks associated with different events and compare their estimates to the real probabilities.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Food for the Brain

    Food for the BrainLesson

    Students dissect a slice of pizza to learn about some of the nutrients important for health.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12
  • Brain Chemistry (post-assessment)

    Brain Chemistry (post-assessment)Lesson

    Students complete a post-assessment to demonstrate what they have learned about brain chemistry.

    Grades: 6-8 9-12