Reflection: Lesson Planning Saliva and Sleepiness: A Look Into Scientific Research! - Section 2: Engage


    When building lessons that revolve around student reading in science, it is important to gradually fold students into complicated reading such as scientific research publications. In this lesson, my goal was to achieve this through active scaffolding activities. This, like most lessons began with activating students prior knowledge (via interpreting MRI's to assess brain activity during sleep deprivation) on the fundamental topic at hand. This was proceeded by a transitional read (Sleep Debt) into the heavier reading (Changes in Gene Expression with Sleep) which required a a bit of primer for student accessibility and comfort level. This progression of activity helped my students immensely with comprehending the materials as the verbiage grew more intense from article to article. This proved helpful and availed itself mostly in post reading discussions and students interpretation of results. 

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Saliva and Sleepiness: A Look Into Scientific Research!

Unit 9: Learning, Memory and Biological Clocks
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: Students will interpret and analyze data presented in a research article to discuss the correlation between sleep activity of the brain and amylase production.

Big Idea: Scientists have discovered that amylase, an enzyme in saliva can be used as a biomarker to assess the level of sleepiness in a person.

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