Below are the Neuroseeds lesson plans. Click on the lesson title or photo below to go the lesson page where you can download lesson plans and see related resources.
In this lesson, students learn that many plants contain chemicals with medicinal properties, including neuroactive properties. In the lab portion, they use either an infusion or decoction laboratory procedure to make a liquid that contains these plant chemicals. These plant extracts will be used in other labs in the Sowing the Seeds of Neuroscience curriculum.
In this lesson, students will explore how plant extracts act as stimulants or depressants and affect planaria movement.
Botanical Heart Throbs: Investigating the Effects of Plant Extracts on Heart Rate in Lumbriculus Worms
In this lesson, students will observe and count the heart rate of Lumbriculus worms
with and without the addition of a plant extract.
In this lesson, students learn that plant extracts are mixtures of many chemical compounds and it is possible to separate these compounds using chromatography.
In this lab, students investigate how cayenne pepper extract affects the electrical activity in a cockroach leg nerve. They will use a SpikerBox, a “bioamplifier” that allows them to hear the spikes (action potentials) of live neurons in a cockroach’s leg.