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THE SECRET LIFE OF THE BRAIN
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MAPPING THE BRAIN

Overview | Procedures for Teachers | Assessment | Worksheet

Grade Level: 9 - 12

Time Allotment: 4 class periods of 55-60 minutes each

Overview

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.

Learning Objectives

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.


Standards

Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html

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.


Media Components

PBS The Secret Life of the Brain:
3D Brain Anatomy: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/brain/3d/index.html

For discussion of icons:
Dollar Art: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/on2/money/design.html

For introductory discussion about functions of parts of the brain:
Phineas Gage:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/brain/history/1848.html

Materials

  • 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
  • Overhead projector


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