Discovering the Ancient Brains of an Extinct Planet.
You are a team of alien scientist exploring the remains of a now extinct earth. Knowing nothing of the life forms that once inhabited the earth all you can do is draw comparisons and make predictions about how the organism's bodies worked. As part of your research compare diagrams of discovered organisms.

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Grade(s): 6-8
Subject(s): Life Science
Number of Students: 32
Objectives: Students will draw evidence from brain structure and design to draw connections on how the brain influences the organism as well as what parts of the brain structure are unique to all organisms and what parts of the brain systems are specialized by organism
Before the Expedition
During the Expedition
After the Expedition

Essential Question: What parts of the brain are essential to all organisms and what parts of the brain are specialized for some organisms?
Guiding Questions: How can we take observations of different brains to predict what type of organism they belongs to.
Vocabulary: Brain Stem, Limbic System, Cerebrum, Cerebellum, Neuron, Synapse, prediction, observation

3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.


ISTE Standards
6c :
Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.


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