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What Are Dreams?
Learn the Science
EXAMINE THE BRAIN
Understanding how the brain functions helps scientists better understand what happens to it while we sleep. Explore scientists' insights about how the brain works with your students.
Brain Geography (Lesson/Interactive)
Use your fists to represent different parts of the brain, then click through the interactive links to find out what each part does.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/coma/geography/

Curriculum Connections
Brain, brain structure, brain function

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



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Create a map of an area and use it to deduce function. (Viewing Ideas: After Watching #2)
Simulate how scientists deduce the functions of different parts of the brain by mapping a local area, then use the map along with observational data to try to deduce the function of structures in that area.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/teachers/viewing/0304_01_nsn.html

Curriculum Connections
Brain, brain structure, brain function, mapping, scientific observation

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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