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Lesson Application
The Arts, Visual Arts
D1.4. Creating and Presenting: Use a variety of materials, tools, techniques and technologies to determine solutions to design challenges.
By using cardboard and plasticine to create neurons, students “solve the problem” of neural communication. This lesson also challenges students to work together to model neural pathways and experience the process of synaptic transmission. (Achieved in GO activity)
Health and Physical Education
D1.5. Healthy Living, Mental Health Literacy: Demonstrate an understanding of the interconnections between a person’s thoughts, emotions, and actions, and of the potential impact of positive and negative thinking on mental health.
This lesson teaches students about the interconnections between a person’s thoughts, emotions, and actions, on a cellular level. By understanding the basis of neuroplasticity, students recognize their ability to shape reality and learn how to leverage this power to engage in happier and healthier patterns of thinking, feeling and acting. (Achieved in GO activity)
Language, Media Literacy
1.2. Understanding Media Texts, Making Inferences/Interpreting Messages: Interpret media texts, using overt and implied messages as evidence for their interpretations.
Students deepen their understanding of neuroplasticity by watching a brief animation video. They then use the written, spoken, and visual information shared in this video to engage in a classroom discussion.  (Achieved in GO activity)
The Arts, Visual Arts
D1.3. Creating and Presenting: Use elements of design in art works to communicate ideas, messages, and understandings.
By using different artistic elements, such as shapes, colours, mediums, textures, and text, students can emphasize the message they are trying to convey. (Achieved in GO activity)
Science
3.1. Understanding Basic Concepts: Identify major systems in the human body (e.g., musculoskeletal system, digestive system, nervous system, circulatory system) and describe their roles and interrelationships.
This lesson teaches students about the basic functions of the nervous system, reviews cell structure, and introduces the basic structure of neurons. Students then apply their understanding to learn how neurons work together to create complex neural networks that facilitate communication and initiate motor movement.  (Achieved in GO Activity)
Assessment of The Arts Learning Outcomes, Grade 6 (2-D Neuron Model)
Expectations
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
The student:
Communication
[D1.4]
Uses minimal materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to a design challenge of representing a neuron.
Uses some materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to a design challenge of representing a neuron.

E.g. Creates a simple neuron structure with all three parts.
Uses materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to a design challenge of representing a neuron.

E.g. Creates an accurate and neat neuron with some branching.
Uses numerous materials, tools, and techniques to determine solutions to a design challenge of representing a neuron.

E.g. Creates an accurate, neat and detailed neuron, with extensive branching and labelled parts.
Assessment of Health and Physical Education Learning Outcomes, Grade 6
Expectations
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
The student:
Knowledge and Understanding
[D1.5]
Demonstrates limited understanding of the science behind how their brain functions
Demonstrates some understanding of the science behind how their brain functions

E.g. completes some of their neuron model; their engagement in the activity shows a simple understanding
Demonstrates considerable understanding of the science behind how their brain functions

E.g. completes their neuron model; their engagement in the activity shows a clearer understanding of brain functions.
Demonstrates thorough understanding of the science behind how their brain functions

E.g. completes their neuron model; their engagement in the activity shows an advanced understanding of brain function.
Assessment of Language Learning Outcomes, Grade 6
Expectations
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
The student:
Knowledge
[1.2]
Demonstrates considerable knowledge of neuroplasticity
Demonstrates considerable knowledge of neuroplasticity

E.g. Engagement during the discussion at the end of the lesson shows they are starting to understand neuroplasticity,
Demonstrates considerable knowledge of neuroplasticity

E.g. Engagement during the discussion at the end of the lesson they are starting to understand neuroplasticity and how it can be used to develop positive behaviours
Demonstrates considerable knowledge of neuroplasticity

E.g. Engagement during the discussion at the end of the lesson shows they have an understanding of neuroplasticity and how it can be used to develop positive behaviours
Assessment of Science Learning Outcomes, Grade 5 (Trivia, Model and Telephone Game)
Expectations
Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
The student:
Communication
[3.1]
Uses few facts, figures and concepts introduced in class to describe neural communication.
Uses some facts, figures and concepts introduced in class to describe neural communication.

E.g. Tries to explain parts of the neural communication process
Uses facts, figures and concepts introduced in class to describe neural communication.

E.g. Offers a simple explanation of how neurons communicate
Uses many facts, figures and concepts introduced in class to describe neural communication.

E.g. Offers a detailed and accurate explanation of how neurons communicate
Knowledge
Minimal participation in class activities, crafts, and discussions to develop their knowledge of the parts and functions of the nervous system.
Some participation in class activities, crafts, and discussions to develop their knowledge of the parts and functions of the nervous system.

E.g. Independently contributes to trivia by writing down answers and completes a simple neuron model.
Participates in class activities, crafts, and discussions to develop their knowledge of the parts and functions of the nervous system.


E.g. Makes some educated guesses during trivia and completes the neuron model.
Actively participates in class activities, crafts, and discussions, and to develop their knowledge of the parts and functions of the nervous system, and asks questions to extend their learning.  

E.g. Makes many educated guesses during trivia and completes a complex neuron model.
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