MAPPING THE BRAIN
Procedures for Teachers
9 - 12
4 class periods of 55-60 minutes each
In this activity, students will develop meaningful icons to represent the function of different parts of the brain and use these icons to label maps of the brain.
Students will be able to:
Identify the location of various parts/structures of the brain in 2D and 3D.
Identify the primary functions of various parts/structures of the brain.
Realize the overlap of functions in various parts/structures of the brain.
Connect the functions of the brain to activities in daily life.
Translate a 3D picture in electronic technology into a 2D drawing.
Create icons to represent complicated ideas.
Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework May 2001 Human Anatomy and Physiology
4.1 Explain how major organ systems have functional units with specific anatomy that perform the function of that organ system.
4.2describe how the function of individual systems within humans are integrated to maintain a homeostatic balance in the body.
English Language Arts Curriculum Frameworks June 2001
Composition Strand, Standard 19: Students will write with a clear focus, coherent organization and sufficient detail.
19.24 Write well organized stories or scripts with an explicit or implicit theme and details that contribute to a definite mood or tone.
19.28 Write well organized stories or scripts with an explicit or implicit theme, using a variety of literary techniques.
Arts Curriculum Framework October 1999
Visual Arts Standard 1: Methods, Materials and Techniques
1.9 Demonstrate the ability to create 2D and 3D works that show knowledge of unique characteristics of particular media, materials, and tools.
1.10 Use electronic technology for reference and for creating original work.
PBS The Secret Life of the Brain:
3D Brain Anatomy:
For discussion of icons:
For introductory discussion about functions of parts of the brain:
8 x 11 drawing paper/typing paper (2 per student)
Colored pencils, markers etc.
Research chart (see student materials) (1 per student)
Index cards for review
Blank brain maps for review
Overhead transparencies of brain maps for review