This is a fun, collaborative, hands-on application for student demonstration of understanding the major components of the human brain; students will synthesize their knowledge in a creative, team-oriented manner while targeting Common Core standards.
This 2013 MS Powerpoint includes the following:
a.) 6 creative, step-by-step slides
b.) Title slide with learning goals identified for all students
c.) Directions for working collaboratively with a partner
d.) Directions for labeling the components of the brain, including:
four lobes, cerebral cortex, corpus callosum, medulla oblongata, cerebellum, amygdala, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, thalamus, and anything additional students feel required
e.) Directions for descriptive labels (with toothpicks/signage) to direct observers to what each brain component is responsible for
f.) Specifications for using modeling clay &/or playdoh (you'll have to rely on what is available for you in your classroom)
g.) Directives for a whole group gallery walk to establish:
*the opportunity for students to evaluate their own work in comparison with that of others
*how well teams worked collaboratively
*the "best in show" -- including a conversation about why/how
h.) Criterion is established as well for how you can evaluate student work, as a formative or summative assessment (at your discretion), including a focus on use of class time, collaborative effort, accuracy in labeling and each component correctly identified
This has proven to be a highly effective manner with which I have evaluated students in my Psychology courses in the past, within a unit on the biological foundations of Psychology; this would also work well in a Biology course. I look forward to your feedback, and thanks for visiting my store!