Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding The Spinal Cord and Neurons - Flipped - Section 2: Explain


The concept of specialized cells is new to my students and most of them have never heard of or seen examples of a neuron prior to this class.  The concept of a neuron is introduced to the students through the flipped notes and then I use a variety of hands on and technology based activities to further explain the structures and the function of neurons.  I use student created video explanations of how neurons work, to provide students with the opportunity to view pictures of neurons and so that they also see/listen to peers use analogies for how neurons function.  I use a large model of a neuron and have students represent the various structures to help them make a personal connection to neurons.  I also use pictures of neurons to help the students visualize the structures we discuss.  These various methods for reviewing neurons provide students with numerous opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of the concept.

  Using Multiple Means of Explanation
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Multiple Means of Explanation
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The Spinal Cord and Neurons - Flipped

Unit 5: Nervous System
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT identify the structures of a neuron and their function in sending and receiving electrochemical impulses.

Big Idea: This lesson provides students with numerous opportunities to explore how neurons function.

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Science, nervous system (Anatomy), Spinal Cord, neurons, neurons, senses, nervous system, brain
  45 minutes
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