Science Content Standards: Note
the following are examples.
9. As a result of the coordinated structures and
functions of organ systems, the internal environment of the human body
remains relatively stable (homeostatic), despite changes in the outside
As a basis for understanding this concept, students know:
b. how the nervous system mediates communication
between different parts of the body and interactions with the
c. how feedback loops in the nervous and endocrine
systems regulate conditions within the body.
d. the functions of the nervous system, and the
role of neurons in transmitting electrochemical impulses.
e. the roles of sensory neurons, interneurons,
and motor neurons in sensation, thought, and response.
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The human nervous
system is divided into the central nervous system
(CNS), consisting of the brain and spinal cord,
and the peripheral
nervous system (PNS), everything outside the central nervous system.
The peripheral nervous system is divided
into 2 divisions: sensory division
(afferent) and motor division
The sensory division transmits impulses from the sense organs (receptors)
to the CNS. The motor division transmits
impulses from the CNS to muscles and glands (effectors). The
motor division has 2 subdivisions, the somatic nervous
system, under conscious control or voluntary, and autonomic nervous
system, controlling involuntary functions t
hroughout the body. The peripheral nervous system is composed
of the spinal and cranial nerves. The spinal nerves
carry impulses to and from the spinal cord. The cranial nerves
carry impulses to and from the brain. These spinal and
cranial nerves nerves are a communication link all parts of the body.
Students need a basic background in lab procedures, cooperative team
(timekeeper, supplies, clean-up) and a basic
understanding of the nervous system.
Interpreting data, making inferences, forming hypotheses, making predictions,
Presentations -PowerPoint or Hyperstudio
Effective use of Internet resources
Presentations -PowerPoint or Hyperstudio, student
created web page, worksheet, peer evaluation, rubric
Quizzes from the Internet on cranial nerves and a test.
Presentations -PowerPoint or Hyperstudio, student created web page.
The Stroop Effect and lab.