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Sensory Receptors & the Nervous System – Middle School Science Unit for NGSS MS-LS1-8

Are you looking for a little help covering the nervous system in your middle school science class?

This complete unit will save you lots of time and energy!

This unit is on the nervous system, the brain, and how sensory receptors receive information and convert it to an electrochemical signal that is sent through the nervous system to the brain.

Once the signal gets to the brain it is processed and the brain may send a signal to tell the body how to respond or store the information as memory.

Students learn how animals process information and send it to their brains in different ways.

This is a large unit with a variety of activities!

It includes three PowerPoint slideshows, reading passages, response pages, a lab, interactive notebook inserts, a quiz, and answer keys for everything!

My students really loved these labs and they went so well with our life science middle school curriculum. I loved how integrated this was with a nice variety of activities.

Karen S.

This is a fantastic resource on sensory receptors and the nervous system. It addresses completely several standards and had just enough information without being overwhelming. My students were engaged and liked the lab as well as the other activities. The slide show was great for discussion. Thank you!

Thomas W.

Great comprehensive unit for middle school science. It went well with the standards and there were a variety of activities to seal the learning. Thank you!

Wendy P.

This is a standards-aligned resource.

Designed to cover NGSS MS-LS1-8, MS-LS1-3, and Utah SEEd 7.3.3, you can rest assured that you will cover all of the information that is required of you.

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