Systems of the Body: The Nervous System
Running Time: 20 minutes
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Using the power of 3D animation, students enter the mysterious world of the neuron where human cells and electrical impulses work together to produce a system of unprecedented complexity. Video and accompanying print package describes the Central Nervous System and the Peripheral Nervous System as well as the major structures of the brain such as the cerebral cortex, the cerebellum, the brain stem and others. The fascinating microanatomy of the neuron is explored and the intricate way neurotransmitters send messages from our brains throughout the body are graphically examined. By the program’s conclusion students will have a thorough overview and understanding of the way the nervous system works.
DVD: video, plus teacher’s resource book, student handouts and pre/post tests in digital format
Featuring animated computer graphics with some live-action footage, the human nervous system is clearly and vividly illustrated. Topics covered include the central and peripheral nervous systems, brain and spinal cord, microanatomy of the nerve cell, receptors, neural plasticity, and neurotoxins and the nervous system. Main concepts are reviewed in a final segment. The video quality is good, the narration is clear and easy-to-understand, and the presentation and visual effects are colorful. The teacher's guide includes pre- and post-tests, activity sheets, and fact sheets. A useful introduction to or review of the topic for middle school classes.
- Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
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