Patton Middle School lesson combines literature and science
Posted on 10/06/2014

Read about this program and see more photos on the Neuroscience Outreach Group website: NW Noggin heads to McMinnville!

Eighth-grade Patton Middle School students, in partnership with NOGGIN (Neuroscience Outreach Group Growing in Networks), were able to combine their study of the text Flowers for Algernon with an exploration of real human brains.

Students were introduced to the idea that different areas of the brain, different networks of linked neurons, handle different kinds of tasks. They explored the main characters in Flowers for Algernon and were asked to think about what it means to be “smart”  -  what specifically changed in both Algernon and Charlie.

The eighth graders then learned about the different sections of the brain and handled the real thing.