Reflection: Lesson Planning CSI Neuroscience: The Case of the Acetylcholine Blocker! - Section 3: Explore


     In this lesson, students are given a "sneak peek" to the neurotransmitters that are introduced throughout the remainder of the unit. Prior to this lesson, students become familiarized with the names, general characteristics and the nature of neurotransmitters. This lesson, the 4th out of this 10 day unit, collates this previous information and primes students to explain the specific function of each neurotransmitter in subsequent lessons. While the overall goal is for students to identify and explain the function of Acetylcholine via a "CSI investigation", the position of this material/lesson allows for an organic progression of the material with a fine mix of repetition and layering content. Collectively, this works well to help students retain the material over the course of an especially long unit and presents itself as both a primer and review mid-unit. 

  Lesson Placement is Critical to the Unit's Success!
  Lesson Planning: Lesson Placement is Critical to the Unit's Success!
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CSI Neuroscience: The Case of the Acetylcholine Blocker!

Unit 6: Neurotransmitter Chemistry and Mechanism of Action!
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: Students will analyze and interpret data from the inhibition of acetylcholine to elucidate it's activity as a neurotransmitter.

Big Idea: Like removing a part from a mechanical system, the job(s) of Acetylcholine neurotransmission can be elucidated by the introduction of a blocking or inhibitory agent.

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