Astrocytes Got Your Back

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General Information

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Science
Grade Level(s): 11, 12
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Instructional Time: 3 Hour(s)
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: astrocyte, nerve, neuron, nervous system, spinal cord, spinal injury, text complexity, nerve damage, scar, scar tissue
Resource Collection: STEM Reading Resources

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Lesson Plan

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Virtual Manipulative


In this simulation, you will explore how neurons conduct electrical impulses by using the action potential. This phenomenon is generated through the flow of positively charged ions across the neuronal membrane. Stimulate a neuron and monitor what happens. You can pause, rewind, and move forward in time in order to observe the ions as they move across the neuron membrane.
Other ways to explore:

  • Describe why ions can or cannot move across neuron membranes.
  • Identify leakage and gated channels, and describe the function of each.
  • Describe how membrane permeability changes in terms of different types of channels in a neuron.
  • Describe the sequence of events that generates an action potential.

Type: Virtual Manipulative