Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Proposed unit title: "If I Only Had a Brain...". The unit is covering the nervous system specifically identifying the major structure and functions of the of the brain. Also diseases that affect the brain. Proposed curriculum questions:
Essential Question--In the “Wizard of Oz”, why does the scarecrow wish for a brain?
Unit Question--What happens when we think?
Content Questions--What are the 5 main parts of the brain? What is the function of each main part? What are 2 diseases that affect the brain? What area of the brain is affected by these diseases? Any emerging treatments for your identified diseases?


  1. I feel that your essential question is really good for your unit. I feel it will help your students think about what is the importance of having a brain. Your essential question has even got me thinking about other questions that can be asked from the student's perspective. I am a little confused about your Unit Question though. I wonder if my confusion isn't because I don't understand completely what you are trying to teach. I'm trying to see how what happens when we think is tied into your content questions. However, the more I think about it I see the connection a little bit.

  2. I like the way you used the analogy of the Wizard of Oz. This will get the students' attention.
    I would like to hear about the culminating project.

  3. Your idea to link your content to the Wizard of Oz is a cute one. It seems to me that the EQ and the UQ are switched. Another EQ might be "What is Central to Life?" It should be an interesting unit.

  4. After reading post on my blog, I decided to revisit my EQ & UQ. I decided on my EQ because I was thinking it was more of an attention getter but I think that maybe I should switch them. I am going to ponder...