The Human Body's Brain/Nervous System Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of the body's Brain/Nervous System. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.
- Access Excellence is an archive of the favorite classroom activities submitted
by high school biology and life sciences teachers.
High school students are challenged to learn the structures and functions
of a body system thoroughly so that they will be able to pass on the concepts
and ideas to younger students in the form of children's books.
of Environment on Memory
A lab for high school students in which they investigate the varying effects
of changing environment on the brain's memory capacity.
Secondary students following this lesson plan learn about touch receptors
on the skin and how the brain functions in interpreting touch stimulation.
to Stop and Smell the Roses
High school students investigate the relationship between memory and olfaction.
Brochure of the Body Systems
In this lesson plan for grades 9-12, students produce a travel brochure
for a tour through each of 8 body systems and a working model of one of the
American Medical Association
- This site has a wide ranging set of diagrams that serve as "road maps"
of the various systems of the human body. See their links to the Brain and
to the Nervous System.
- A 1997 Think Quest award winner, this site is designed for students ages
11-16 wishing to learn more about anatomy. This link is to the main page which
contains 18 sub-selections. Click on 'Nervous System' and 'Brain' for brief
summaries and graphics of the systems.
Facts and Figures
- Brain data.
Brain is the Boss
- An introduction to the parts of the brain.
- Other CLN Theme Pages which have information related to the Nervous System
- The British Broadcasting Corporation's Online Science site is a series
of highly interactive pages on the human body, including systems and various
body parts. You may also choose the non-Flash version for faster loading.
- Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corporation's site allows students from the upper
elementary grades to read articles about various parts of the brain/nervous
system, see images of the human brain (from four different viewpoints), and
listen to a narrated explanation. (Requires Shockwave)
- Information at this site addresses the question of whether or not a computer
could be built to model the design and operation of the brain. Included is
a description of the overall structure of the human brain and its elements.
Best: The Human Body
- This link is to the home page of Nature's Best: The Human Body - a site
intended for high school students. After selecting an appropriate level of
bandwidth, you'll be taken to a menu page offering information on all 8 human
body systems (Circulatory, Digestive, Immune, Muscular, Nervous, Reproductive,
Respiratory and Skeletal). Select "Nervous" for information on nervous system
functions, cells, impulse movement, supporting cells, and special senses.
(Note: You may have difficulty with the middle and high bandwidth options)
- Created especially for elementary and secondary students, this page has
an extensive set of curricular resources (facts and information) and teaching
activities (experiments, activities and games).
- Newton's Apple is a national science program for kids and adults produced
by KTCA-TV in the Twin Cities and sponsored by 3M. Their teaching guides are
designed to accompany the television show but can also be used as a stand-alone
Science Role Plays
- A lesson plan illustrating how students can role-play a part in a bodily
system. The author suggests some activities that require minimal preparation.
Program Biology Index
- Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative
for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept
lesson plan. This database has 60 lesson plans in the section on Anatomy &
Physiology that deal directly with the human body's senses and systems. Caution:
Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database,
the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.
- TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list
of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain
on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional
content are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "brain"
will produce numerous hits. The term "nervous and system" will also be useful
but to a lesser degree. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these lessons
access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson objectives
and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the lesson potentially
useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the lessons (e.g., definining
objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the tours) will vary widely within
the TrackStar collection.
Anatomy Textbook: The Nervous System
- Brief descriptions of the functions of the nervous system accompanied by
pictures and diagrams and intended for high school students.
Machine Could Do All of This?
- Would you like to find out how many time your heart beats in a day, or
a month? Perhaps you would like to know the volume of air you inhale in a
day, or a month? This site provides you with a range of information about
your body systems.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content in the body's Brain/Nervous System. For other resources in Science (e.g., curricular content in Earth Science, General Science, Life Science, or Physical Science), or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.