The Nervous System Gameby: Cynthia Corbitt and Molly Carpenter

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For many children, especially those with reading difficulties, a motor-kinesthetic learning activity may be an effective tool to teach complex concepts (Gardner 1993). With this in mind, a team developed and tested a game designed to teach fourth- to sixth-grade children some basic principles of nervous system function by allowing the children themselves to model the nervous system signals. A formal test of the game led to the activities described in this article. This game is a great way to introduce such complex principles as motor versus sensory signaling, reflexes, and the effects of spinal cord injury.

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  • on Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:42 AM

Learning kinesthetically is often the best way for some students to learn in the elementary grades. Students learn about four functions of the brain by acting them out in a large group setting. They learn about motor control, sensory function, simple reflexes, and spinal cord injury while moving. The activities focused on voluntary movement and tactile sensation. Students were asked after each activity to explain what the movement said about the nervous system responses. Learning by doing has always proven to help students grasp concepts so this activity is great.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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