You really can’t go wrong getting out some brains and looking at them. We’ve moved into the Nervous System in my classes and it’s time for the Sheep Brain Observation Lab Activity in my class. Unfortunately, due to budget concerns, we don’t have enough to dissect but this lab gives students a firsthand look at a real brain, and since it can be argued that most teenagers are lacking a normal brain this gives them an idea of what they’re missing. Science is a great subject to teach because the “hands on” opportunities are limitless. I mean a brain, on your desk, right in front of you??? Let’s see them try this in English class!
Our brains come in buckets that can be re-sealed which is great because you can re-use the brains for several years before they go bad.
While we are using sheep brains, structurally they are basically the same as ours, just not proportionally.
Students are taken through an observation of the brain and answer questions based on their observations.
There is also a writing component in which they must compare and contrast the cerebrum and cerebellum.
I teach in a place that is about as “inner city” as you can get and the experience the students get from this kind of stuff is invaluable. Next up we talk about reflexes. I think I’ll get out some reflex hammers and let them hit each other. Nothing could go wrong with that, could it??
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The Teacher Team