How does a brain - less than 3 pounds of wrinkly pink matter - enable a person to sense their environment, think, feel, make decisions, remember things, and control every behavior?
Here's my current plan for the Bio 101 course for undergraduates planning on entering teaching. I encourage any other college professors out there teaching a similar course to give me feedback or use a similar syllabus yourself!
I used this to show my students what happens during menstruation. I have them fill out where the flow is, when ovulation happens, when the lining begins to shed, and when are the prime times to have sex for fertilization (or the prime times to avoid sex!)
I included readings about what happens during menstrual cycles.
I have attached my rubric, and two worksheets for my sex ed project. In our library, we have blank papers To help the students with MLA format - I have attached samples of those was well. I am sure there are a few things that need explaining, but I can't think of them now, so please email me or add comments if you have questions, or post your version of it!
A great list by subject for videos, including worksheets! The Super Size Me worksheet even has before AND after questions.
"Osmosis Jones" is a Warner Bros. Cartoon that follows the attack on a disease on a live action man (Bill Murray).
Grade level: Middle School, although probably suitable for integrated science class in high school as well.
Concepts: Diseases, human body systems
Found: Sometimes Blockbuster or other video stores will have it. I found it for $4 at a used bookstore!
Please click "Add Child Page" to recommend videos to show in a science classroom. Please include the following info: (and attach study guide please if you have it!)
- Distributor (PBS, National Geographic, etc.)
- Where found (Berkeley Unified Digital Library, Explo Library, Blockbuster, Netflix, Etc.)
- Science Concept Targeted (DNA ethics, volcanoes, Bad Science)
When I suddenly fall ill, or otherwise don't want to take 10 hours to plan a sub lesson, I usually go online to http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com/ and plug in some vocab words for some puzzles (they have some pre-made banks of words also!)
I make four puzzles using the exact same list of words. I usually start them with the word search (even non-readers can do this!) then go on to word scramble, then crossword. This because they need to know the words pretty well by the time they get to the crossword - also, the word search has the word bank on it.
In response to a question on ways to teach electron configuration to students, here's a model I used with my 8th graders. We had been using beans to represent and build 2D models of atoms (green lentils = electrons, white beans = protons, black beans = neutrons). I made a handout for them to help them understand the idea of where electrons like to go when they are added (download it at the bottom of this page).
While I was reading The Magic School Bus,they went inside a cloud. Because this is not a field trip, there should be no driving into clouds :). But in Inside a Hurricane, They make a water cycle experiment.
Materials: Oven mitten,Kettle,Ice,Strainer,Water
Watch as the water moves around.