THIS IS A BUNDLED UNIT OF STUDY IN Word FORMAT.
This is an introductory unit on the human brain that can be used by itself or supplemented with additional material. It includes 6 assignments with keys. I introduce this unit of study after we've studied "Introduction to the Nervous System."
1. I usually begin any new unit with a PPT or open notes. This unit begins with open notes (Fill-in-the-blank). Give the students the paper copy, project the notes onto a board (I use a Promethean), use the key to fill in the blanks with the students.
2. Next, I give the students “Brain Matching”. It’s a super-simple assignment that comes with a key. It will take about 15 minutes for them to complete using the open notes. Sometimes I give them The Brain Open Notes W.S. first, then give them the brain matching for homework.
3. Then I use “The Brain Open Notes W.S.”. This assignment was created directly from the open notes. The key is included.
4. Next, “The Story of the Brain”. I love this type of assignment: A few paragraphs of information, then questions on the reading; a few more paragraphs, a few more questions. The key is included.
5. Then, I give the students the “Brain X-section”. The answer key is included. This assignment shows a cross-section of a brain that they have to label. A word bank is given, along with another (but different) cross section of the brain in reverse configuration so the answers are in front of them but they have to think about where they go.
6. Lastly, I give the students the “Label the Brain Coloring” assignment. It’s also a labeling assignment with a word bank, except the picture is a cross-section coloring page. I was surprised to discover how much high school students enjoy coloring! I allow the students to look up the answers on the internet for accuracy.
I give a lot of electronic assignments to be completed by the student on a laptop then submitted in a drop box such as Black Board, Schoology or School Space. In order to do this effectively, I create Word assignments without using lines for answers. Trying to type an answer on a line just makes the line shift on the document. So instead of a line, I use two red asterisks (this is so fast and easy to create). The students place their cursor between the two red asterisks and begin typing their answers (or their name, date, etc., wherever they need to type information). This makes it easy for them to see that they’ve answered the question (in red) and I can easily grade the assignment electronically (I’m always looking for the red answers!). Any of these assignments can easily be made into a printed paper copy with little to no modification of the original document whatsoever. Just print! Gotta love Word!