- ACADEMIC STANDARDS COVERED:
+ American Psychological Association Teacher Standards (found on pages 6 & 7 of this document - http://www.apa.org/education/k12/national-standards.aspx):
- Standards Area: Biopsychological Bases of Behavior
Content Standard 1: Structure and function of the nervous system in human and non-human animals. Students are able to (performance standards):
- 1.1 Identify the major divisions and subdivisions of the human nervous system.
- 1.2 Identify the parts of the neuron and describe the basic process of neural transmission.
- Content Standard 2: Structure and function of the endocrine system. Students are able to (performance standards):
- 2.3 Describe hormone effects on the immune system.
+ Indiana Academic Standards (standards document can be found here: http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/standards/socialstudies/ss-2014-psych-20150317.pdf):
- Standard 2: Biological Bases of Behavior
- P.2.3 - Describe the structure and function of the neuron and describe the basic process of neural transmission.
- P.2.5 - Identify the major divisions and subdivisions of the nervous system and describe how they function.
- P.2.7 - Compare and contrast the effect of neurotransmitters on human behavior.
+ Advanced Placement Psychology - This product also covers several items listed in the Course Description for AP Psychology (this document can be found here: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-psychology-course-description.pdf).
- Specifically, this PowerPoint relates to this portion of the AP Psychology exam (the information below is found on pages 6 & 7 of the AP Psychology Course Description):
- "“III. Biological Bases of Behavior (8 – 10%)
An effective introduction to the relationship between physiological processes and behavior — including the influence of neural function, the nervous system and the brain, and genetic contributions to behavior — is an important element in the AP course."
- "AP students in psychology should be able to do the following:
• "Identify basic processes and systems in the biological bases of behavior, including parts of the neuron and the process of transmission of a signal between neurons."
• "Discuss the influence of drugs on neurotransmitters (e.g., reuptake mechanisms, agonists, antagonists)."
• "Describe the nervous system and its subdivisions and functions:
o Central and peripheral nervous systems."
WHAT YOU GET:
- If you purchase this product you will get an 18 – slide PowerPoint presentation (18 slides plus a title slide) titled “Neurons and Neurotransmitters” (in .pptx file format). The PowerPoint includes a 6-item “Summary” slide at the end to help teachers summarize the lesson. (The “Summary” slide is also good for student note taking purposes), and a 4-item “What We’ll Learn” slide (after the title slide) that simplifies and summarizes the lesson objectives for students.
- The PowerPoint is divided into two (2) sections: “Neurons: Their Parts and Functions” and “Neurotransmitters”. Each part of the PowerPoint is easily identifiable by a section heading slide at the beginning of each of these sections. There is a “Section Summary Question” slide at the end of each section with 3 – 4 questions that can serve as either a formal or informal learning assessment tool. (Sample question: “Explain how chemical ‘signals’ are transmitted between neurons.”)
- All vocabulary words are in bold type for emphasis throughout the PowerPoint. Most slides contain photos or graphics that help explain the meaning of each vocabulary word for visual learners (in addition to the textual definition that follows each vocabulary word).
- I use this PowerPoint in my high school Psychology class each year as part of my Biopsychology unit. However, this product would also be useful in an introductory Psychology class in a college or university setting. (College or university professors could use the PowerPoint “as is”, or, add a few slides to tailor the content to match their course and syllabus.)
- It takes me one, 50-minute class period to teach this PowerPoint to my Psychology class. The class is a mix of juniors and seniors. If used in a college introductory level Psychology classroom it may not take an entire 50-minute class to teach.
- As always, please let me know via comment or message here on TeachersPayTeachers if you have any trouble downloading or using this product. I’m happy to help resolve any issues you may be having with it including E-mailing the file to your school E-mail address and/or making it available to you in another format (example: in Google Slides).
- If you download and use this product, comment below and let me know how you used it in your classroom and how the lesson went! I’d like to hear how other teachers chose to use this PowerPoint!
- Thank you!