Reflection: Lesson Planning Neuron - Structure and Function - Section 3: Explain


As I attempt to transition to NGSS, one of the areas that I are working to incorporate more of is the use of models.  It has been noted from the past twenty years of research on learning, that children make dramatic advances in understanding of science by generating and revising explanatory models.  Modeling in combination with explanation allows students to gain a deeper understanding of content.  In this case by students being able to physically model the unique structure of a neuron it allowed for students to truly appreciate the structure of a neuron that allows it to complete its function (CCC - structure and function).  This along with the explanation, through the use of kahn academy, allowed students to gain a richer build up of knowledge compared to if I would've have just lecture about the neurons structure.

  Use of Models
  Lesson Planning: Use of Models
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Neuron - Structure and Function

Unit 5: From Molecules to Organisms: Systems & The Human Body
Lesson 10 of 18

Objective: SWBAT to explain relationship between structure and function of neuron.

Big Idea: Students explore structure and function of neuron.

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Science, cells, body system, neurons, structure and function , ELL, Systems, molecule, organism
  60 minutes
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