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Zombie Autopsies, Grades 9-12

September 12, 2023

Who this is for:

Science Communicators
diagram of the human head featuring the various parts of the brain


This interactive lesson plan allows students to create cures to stop a Zombie Apocalypse. Teachers will learn about and share knowledge regarding neuroanatomy, neurotransmission, and neurotransmitters. These topics will be integrated to develop novel medications that target specific brain region abnormalities.

Lesson Plan

  • Title: Zombie Autopsies
  • Setting: In Classroom
  • Subject: Biology – Neuroscience
  • Grade Level: 9-12
  • Time Frame: 1 Hour Paired Dana Foundation
  • Fact Sheets: 9th-12th Grade How Does the Brain Work?
  • Next Generation Science Standards: Meets HS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-3

Student Objectives

  • Learn how abnormalities in the brain affect behavior.
  • Explore hypothetical zombie neuroanatomy and how dysfunctional brain regions impact hypothetical zombie behavior.
  • Synthesize knowledge of neurons, neurotransmitters, and neuroanatomy to create novel cures for the zombie brain.

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