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What Are Dreams?
Learn the Science
DISCOVER THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP
Although our bodies are at rest during sleep, our minds are active. Explore the benefits of sleep and dreams with your students.
The Function of Sleep (Multimedia)
Find out what researchers are learning about sleep by examining the dreams of rats. (5:00 min.)
http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/oer08.sci.life.reg.sleep/


Sleep (Lesson)
Practice knot tying to investigate if and in what ways sleep affects learning and memory in relation to learning a procedural skill.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/activities/3410_01_nsn.html

Curriculum Connections
Memory, procedural skills, sleep, sleep-memory connection

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: Regulation and behavior
Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Personal health
Math Standards (Grades 6-8): Algebra, Data Analysis and Probability, Communication, Connections, Representation

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: The behavior of organisms
Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Personal and community health
Math Standards: Algebra, Data Analysis and Probability, Communication, Connections, Representation



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Design a Poster about Sleep (Viewing Ideas: Before Watching #3)
Research REM sleep, the body's biological clock, sleep debt, and sleep disorders, then present your findings.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/viewing/3410_01_nsn.html

Curriculum Connections
Sleep, biological clock, sleep debt, sleep disorders

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Personal health

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Personal and community health



   

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