The Brain and Nervous System by Helen & Linda Kiddis



Overview of the 4 lesson sequence ( The Brain & Nervous System)

Lesson 1: Anatomy and Physiology of the Brain

Ascertain studentís prior knowledge of the brain and develop this further, using investigative questions and research activites.

Lesson 2 : The Nervous System: Central and Peripheral.

The students will learn that the nevous sytem is a complex network of interacting organs, nerves and blood vessels. It controls every movement, thought and process within the body. It can be divided into two parts- the central and peripheral nervous sytem. They will participate in activities to research and discover more about these systems.

Lesson 3 : The Neuron: Structure and Function

Students will explore how the shape of the neuron relates to its function within the nervous system. In addition, they will research neurotransmitters and their role in nerve transmission.

Lesson 4: Disorders of the Brain and Nervous system

Students will investigate and outline some possible illnesses that are related to the nervous system. They will then explain if they are acquired or genetically inherited in nature.


Your task for this four lesson series on the brain and nervous system is divided up into three asssessment components. You will be required to comment on a blog after each lesson, contribute to a wholistic mind map and complete a topic test. The topic of the brain and nervous system is complex and the use of these three tasks will help you engage with this topic by way of the help of your class mates. This will prepare you well for your end of topic test scheduled for the end of lesson four.
The total percentage assigned to this topic is 25% towards your final grade for Life Science Year nine.

This is comprised of:
-Blogging activity Ė 10%
-Mind map contribution Ė 5 %
-End of topic test Ė 10%

Description of each task:

Blogging activity
After each lesson for homework the students must access their class blog. In the blog for the topic they have studied that day they must write a brief summary of what they have learnt and understood from the lesson. They must then write a question at the end of their post in relation to the topic. Each student must then go and answer at least one question that their class mate has put at the end of their post and upload the answer directly underneath. Both the quality of questions, blogs and responses will be assessed at the end of the four lesson series and a percentage will be awarded by the teacher.

Mind map contribution
After each lesson the students must access the class mind map on Spider scribe titled The Brain and Nervous System (Queries and Concerns). The students will then go to the topic they learnt that day and add a leg to the topic with a relevant fact, query or concern regarding the relevant topic. The next lesson the teacher will revisit the spider scribe with the class and review any queries or concerns they may have and add to the spider scribe. This is useful because it helps the teacher gauge the level of understanding of the students and also helps extend their knowledge further. This mind map can be then used as a tool for revision for the end of topic test. A grade will be awarded to each student at the end of the four lesson series in terms of their contribution to the class mind map.

End of topic test
This will be a simple test consisting of multiple choice, fill in the blanks, short answer questions and one extended answer question. This test will assess the studentís content knowledge over the course of the four lessons. The students will complete this test in the last segment of lesson four and should take only 20 minutes to complete. The test will be closed book and will be collected at the end of the lesson for marking. The studentís total marks for all parts of their assessment including the test will be uploaded onto the blogging website by the following week under the heading student grades. The grades will be assigned by each class memberís student number to maintain privacy.



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