“The Brain; An introduction to neurology”
NOTE: This product used to come with a CD. In the new format, it does not need a CD. The audio files plus digital files of activity pages are available through a web address listed in the book. If, for some reason, you really need a CD copy of the book or the audio files (limited or no Internet access, for instance), add an explanatory note when you order and I’ll try to see that one is included.
FREE SAMPLE CHAPTERS:
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Target age group: ages 8-14
Special feature: This curriculum has two levels in order to accommodate students of varying ages and ability levels. Everyone does level one, and those who are capable do level two as well.
Time allowance: As few as 4 weeks or as many as 9 weeks. It depends on how fast you want to push through. There are ten chapters, but the last two can be done together. I’ve done it in 6 weeks (7 class sessions that met once a week) but we did have to pick and choose which activities to do as a group. If you are doing it with just one child at home and he/she can’t get enough science, you could get through it in a few weeks. The material in each chapter of the student text shouldn’t be done all on one day. You can read the text one day, and do an activity on several other days.
Topics covered in student text: History of brain research, basic anatomy of the brain, blood-brain barrier, roles of left and right hemispheres, savant syndrome, neurons, other types of brain cells (the unsung heroes!), how nerve impulses travel, neuron networks, learning and memory, the peripheral nervous system, reflexes, sleep, brain doctors, basic brain problems.
Activities included: In the student text: color brain anatomy drawings and brains scans, looking at brain scan images via Internet, crossword and other types of word puzzles, left-right brain demonstrations, left-right brain survey, a song about the brain parts, a puzzle to cut out and put together, a neuron network demo, review quizzes, Internet addresses where you can meet people notable in the brain research world, mnemonics, learning style survey, categorizing memories, a famous poem written while the author was asleep, and Rorschach ink blots.
In the teacher/parent activity guide: MRI of an orange, hands-on-head tour of cerebrum, brain cookies, comparing human brain to animal brain via Internet images, cerebrospinal fluid experiment, observing meninge-like membrane, left-right brain games, brain hat showing lobes, the -Ectomy game, edible neuron models, neuron art, neuron relay race, domino demonstration, memory games, neuron endings experiment, reflex relay, dream game, ink blot art activity
(Note: To see sample activities, go to free downloads page and see “Brain Hat” and “-Ectomy” in the human body section.)