Say: “The main idea of what we read today is that the nervous system is like acomputer that is made up of many parts that all work together to keep us going.”11.
Write the following statement under the “L” of the KWL chart:
The nervous system is like a computer that is made up of many parts that allwork and communicate together to keep us going.
Instruct students to copy the above statement under the “L” on their chart in theirnotebook.E.
Collect notebooks. Grade KWL chart using checklist (Appendix C).
Lesson Two: Brain Drain
Recognize that the human body is made up of systems with structuresand functions that are related and serve different functions in growth andsurvival.b.
Know and understand the characteristics and structure of living things.2.
The brain: medulla, cerebrum, cerebellum3.
Students will label the three main parts of the brain.b.
Students will identify the function of each of the three main parts of thebrain.B.
Picture or model of the human brain2.
A True Book: The Nervous System
, by Darlene R. Stille3.
The Brain diagram and definitions copied onto a transparency (Appendix D)4.
Copies of brain (Appendix E), one “head” per student6.
Scissors (one pair per student)7.
Glue sticks (one per student)8.
Student notebook (one per student)9.
Pencil (one per student)10.
KWL Chart from first lesson (Appendix B) copied onto a transparency11.
Copies of Appendix F for grading (one per student)C.
Medulla: also called the brain stem, it connects the brain to the spinal cord2.
Cerebrum: the center of thought, feeling, and remembering, it also controlsmuscle movements3.
Cerebellum: the part of the brain that controls balance and coordinationD.
Show the class a picture or model of the human brain.2.
Tell students: “This is a picture (model) of a real brain. There are many parts inyour brain that work together, but perform different functions. We will learnabout the three main parts today.”3.
Read pgs. 13-17 of
A True Book: The Nervous System.
Pass out one “head” from Appendix E to each student.5.
Pass out scissors and glue sticks.6.
Instruct students to cut out their “head,” being sure to stay outside the line.7.
Instruct students to glue their “head” onto the next clean page in their notebook.
Third Grade, You’ve Got Some Nerves! 2003 Colorado Unit Writing Project 3