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HealthCenter21: A&P - Nervous System

This module provides an overview of the structure and function of the nervous system. Specifically, students will learn about neurons, the central nervous system, and the peripheral nervous system. Students also learn about diseases and disorders of the nervous system.

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The nervous system module is designed according to the AES course framework, which includes four phases:

  1. Explore
  2. Learn & Practice
  3. Reflect
  4. Reinforce

Below you'll discover how AES can help you teach your students about the nervous system according to these four phases.


Phase 1: Explore

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Trivia Questions

This trivia challenge includes a mix of interesting and challenging facts about the nervous system to kickstart student learning. This activity can be done individually or in teams as a game.


Phase 2: Learn & Practice

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Unit 1: Structure and Function

In this unit, students learn about neurons and their classification by function; the central nervous system, including the parts of the brain; and the peripheral nervous system, including the autonomic nervous system.

 

Unit 2: Diseases and Disorders

In this unit, students learn about diseases and disorders related to the nervous system, including their causes, symptoms, and treatments.

 


Phase 3: Reflect

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Questions and Discussion

This activity provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon and apply what they learned to situations in their lives and health-related settings. The questions encourage students to consider what they learned about the nervous system and how it connects to other systems.

Students can complete this assignment as homework or teachers can use the questions to lead a class discussion.

 


Phase 4: Reinforce

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Crossword Puzzle

For this activity, students complete a crossword puzzle about the nervous system to reinforce the glossary words and medical terminology. Students can work individually or in small groups to complete the puzzle.

Advanced Treatment Research Project

Students research an advanced treatment for a disease or disorder related to the nervous system to better understand medical procedures beyond the typical treatments. Students are encouraged to explore current, innovative, cutting-edge, non-traditional, and other treatment options as part of this project.

Students can work individually or in small groups to create a research paper or presentation.

Careers Research

In this project, students research three healthcare careers related to the nervous system. This activity is an opportunity to apply what they learned in the lessons to career opportunities.

This activity can be completed as homework, as in-class work, or as a presentation.

Diseases and Disorders Research

Students research a disease or disorder related to nervous system in greater detail than presented in the module. Students explain the etiology, pathology, presentation, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and potential disease prevention. This activity can be completed as homework, as in-class work, or as a presentation.

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