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Ch 4: Nervous System & Senses Activities & Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

You can make learning about the five senses and the human nervous system fun and easy for your students using these helpful lesson plan outlines. The lessons that go with them offer additional materials that you can bring into your classes as well.

Nervous System & Senses Activities & Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Use these resources to develop sound, comprehensive and well-developed lessons, activities and assignments that you can include in your overall teaching strategy. This chapter includes lesson plans, activities, project ideas and games focusing on the five senses and the nervous system as a whole. You will be able to create:

  • Class lessons on the five senses and their functions
  • Student projects, activities and games on the nervous system
  • Homework or classroom assignments on the senses and the nervous system

How It Helps

  • Individual or group projects: Presents ideas for projects on the nervous system and senses that your students can work on together or singly
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Gives you topics and questions on the nervous system that you can introduce for discussion or debate in class
  • Activities and games: Offers games and other activities that will engage your students and make learning about the nervous system and the five senses easy and fun
  • Curriculum standards: Enables you to be sure that your lessons on the nervous system are in accordance with established educational standards

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning lessons on the nervous system and senses easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific topics related to the nervous system and senses that you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in these lesson plans on the nervous system and senses.
  • Share the related lessons about the nervous system and senses for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important concepts from these lessons on the nervous system and senses.
  • Engage your students with relevant games and activities, discussion questions or other materials covering the nervous system and senses found in the lesson plan outline.

36 Lessons in Chapter 4: Nervous System & Senses Activities & Lesson Plans
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Nervous System Lesson Plan

1. Nervous System Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the nervous system with this lesson plan. Use the engaging video to allow students to check out how our nervous systems function, then apply knowledge with an engaging activity.

Functions of the Nervous System

2. Functions of the Nervous System

In this lesson, we'll watch Timmy as he plays in his backyard. Watch what happens when he tries to catch a butterfly, hears a mean dog bark, and scrapes his knee. All of Timmy's reactions are tied to his nervous system. For a full explanation of what goes on in the human nervous system, check out the video!

Hand-Eye Coordination Lesson Plan

3. Hand-Eye Coordination Lesson Plan

Working on the human body with your students? Teach them about hand-eye coordination with this lesson plan. Students will read a lesson explaining the concept, work in stations testing out their own hand-eye coordination, then take a quiz to determine understanding.

What Is Hand-Eye Coordination? - Definition, Skills & Development

4. What Is Hand-Eye Coordination? - Definition, Skills & Development

Have you ever seen a baby trying to pick up a toy? Kind of interesting to watch as they learn to grip and grasp, right? How does hand-eye coordination work, and when does it develop? Read on to find out.

Five Senses Lesson Plan

5. Five Senses Lesson Plan

The five senses can be a fun topic to tackle with students. Use this Study.com lesson plan to give your students a visual and auditory experience with the topic. Define terms, view examples, then finish up with a fun lab activity and lesson extensions.

The Five Senses & Their Functions

6. The Five Senses & Their Functions

After completing this lesson, you should be able to describe the five senses that humans have and explain what functions they serve. A short quiz will follow.

Nervous System Games & Activities

7. Nervous System Games & Activities

Learning about the systems of the human body can be really exciting! This lesson provides ideas for bringing the nervous system to life through hands-on activities and games.

Nervous System Project Ideas

8. Nervous System Project Ideas

Learning about the nervous system can be a great opportunity for students to understand how their minds and bodies work. This lesson offers some ideas for projects that will make a study of the nervous system meaningful and lasting.

Human Brain Lesson Plan

9. Human Brain Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the human brain. Students will read an informational text that explains the three main parts of the brain and their functions, discuss content, and then make a model to show what they know. Finish up with a quiz to determine understanding.

Human Brain Lesson for Kids: Function & Diagram

10. Human Brain Lesson for Kids: Function & Diagram

Your brain is a bumpy, gray blob. It might not look like much, but it does almost everything for you! In this lesson, we'll learn about the three main parts of your brain and what they do, and you can view diagrams for each.

Parts of the Brain Lesson Plan

11. Parts of the Brain Lesson Plan

Can your students name the parts of the brain? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to summarize key points and a hands-on activity to connect students to the material with a meaningful takeaway.

Parts of the Brain

12. Parts of the Brain

Is there a way to easily remember the many parts of the brain? Don't be afraid of all these complex terms; this lesson outlines some easy and fun phrases to help you memorize the brain's anatomy. Let's take a look.

Stroke Lesson Plan

13. Stroke Lesson Plan

What is a stroke and how can they be prevented and treated? This lesson plan uses two fact-filled text lessons to educate students about strokes. A small group activity connects students to what they've learned.

Signs of a Stroke: Acronym & Recognition

14. Signs of a Stroke: Acronym & Recognition

Do you know how to tell if a loved one is having a stroke? You might be a hero one day if you learn to recognize the simple signs of stroke. This lesson goes over them and tells you why they occur in general.

What is a Stroke? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

15. What is a Stroke? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

A stroke is a reduction in blood flow to the brain. It is a major condition that can have devastating effects within the body. This article will address the symptoms that are experienced by patients as well as the causes of and treatments for strokes.

Homeostasis Lesson Plan

16. Homeostasis Lesson Plan

Help your students learn what homeostasis is, how it is achieved, and what can happen if it is not maintained in this video-based lesson plan. Students define key terms, participate in conversations, and complete an activity.

What Is Homeostasis? - Definition & Examples

17. What Is Homeostasis? - Definition & Examples

Homeostasis can be defined as a property of an organism or system that helps it maintain its parameters within a normal range of values. It is key to life, and failures in homeostasis can lead to diseases like hypertension and diabetes.

Homeostasis Activities & Games

18. Homeostasis Activities & Games

Homeostasis can be an abstract concept for students, but thankfully we have the perfect model for experimentation: the human body. There are many safe experiments that can be done in the classroom to teach students about homeostasis.

Human Ear Lesson Plan

19. Human Ear Lesson Plan

If you're teaching your class about the human ear, you can use this lesson plan to help students explore its parts and function. Students will watch a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an assignment and take a quiz.

Function & Structure of the Ears

20. Function & Structure of the Ears

Watch along as we follow a sound wave into the ear and learn about the structures it encounters. Also, did you know that your ears do more than hear? Learn about the role your ears play in keeping your balance.

Human Eye Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Human Eye Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about the human eye. A text lesson guides students through parts and function of the human eye while students discuss content and apply it to activities to increase understanding.

Human Eye Lesson for Kids: Facts & Anatomy

22. Human Eye Lesson for Kids: Facts & Anatomy

The human eye is composed of many different tissues. In this lesson, we will discuss the tissues that play a significant role in focusing light on the retina. We will follow the light from outside the eye to the retina, through the optic nerve and to the brain.

Human Skin Lesson Plan for Elementary School

23. Human Skin Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan leads elementary students in an exploration of their skin. Students read and discuss a short text lesson and conduct two hands-on activities that introduce them to the structures and functions of their skin.

Integumentary System Lesson Plan

24. Integumentary System Lesson Plan

We rarely think about our skin unless something is wrong with it. Students will enjoy learning about the skin's structure and function as they watch a video, complete group assignments, give interactive presentations, and take a quiz.

Sensory Details Lesson Plan

25. Sensory Details Lesson Plan

This lesson includes hands-on and cooperative activities to help students identify sensory details and learn how to incorporate them into their writing. An extension activity is also available that challenges students to create riddles for each other, which include sensory details as the clues to solve the riddle.

Fingerprints Lesson Plan for Elementary School

26. Fingerprints Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Why do we have fingerprints and how did we get them? This lesson plan includes a text lesson that explains the many interesting facts about fingerprints for students before students get a chance to analyze, compare, and decorate fingerprints.

Fingerprint Facts: Lesson for Kids

27. Fingerprint Facts: Lesson for Kids

Is it true that everyone has different fingerprints? Can detectives really make a fingerprint match with a computer in just a few minutes? Do identical twins have the same fingerprints? Read on to discover facts about fingerprints.

Fight or Flight Lesson Plan

28. Fight or Flight Lesson Plan

If you are teaching students how we respond to stressful situations, use this lesson plan to explore the fight or flight response. Students will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity, and take a quiz.

Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

29. Fight or Flight Response: Definition, Physiology & Examples

A squirrel caught in headlights or the cock that fights to the death? Do you know what makes us choose between freezing, running or fighting back? And what's happening inside of you all the while? This lesson answers all of your fight-or-flight questions.

Neurons Lesson Plan

30. Neurons Lesson Plan

We depend on our neurons to learn about our surroundings. Your students will begin to understand more about their neurons as they watch videos, create neuron books, and complete worksheets.

Human Eye Lesson Plan

31. Human Eye Lesson Plan

The human eye has many moving parts to help us see. Students will explore the parts of the eye in this lesson plan. They will watch a video, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Amygdala Lesson Plan

32. Amygdala Lesson Plan

In this lesson plan, high school students will explore the role of the amygdala in detecting and responding to fear. Students will watch and discuss a video and then participate in a kinesthetic activity.

Sympathetic & Parasympathetic Nervous Systems Lesson Plan

33. Sympathetic & Parasympathetic Nervous Systems Lesson Plan

This lesson provides high school students with a deeper look at the autonomic nervous system. Students will watch a video lesson, participate in a kinesthetic activity and discuss their learning.

Amygdala & Emotion Lesson Plan

34. Amygdala & Emotion Lesson Plan

What is the amygdala and how does it impact emotion? This lesson plan delves into this question with the use of an informative video lesson. An activity explores the relationship between the amygdala and human emotion.

Sight, Hearing & Other Senses Activities for Middle School

35. Sight, Hearing & Other Senses Activities for Middle School

As you teach middle school students about how the senses work, you might want to have some activities that help keep them engaged and motivated. This lesson will help you make your instruction about the senses meaningful.

The Brain Structure and Function Lesson Plan

36. The Brain Structure and Function Lesson Plan

As students study the nervous system, consider using this lesson to help them understand the structure and function of the brain. Students will create a model of the brain using balloons and present skits showing parts of the brain in action.

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