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The National Science Education Standards (NSES) External Link were produced by the National Research Council External Link in 1995 and published in 1996. The Standards were the result of four years of work by twenty-two scientific and science education societies and over 18,000 individual contributors.

National Science Education Content Standards Correlation Grades: 5-8
Instructional Objectives
Science Content Standard

Identify four main parts of the nervous system and know their major functions. Discover that the body produces naturally occurring opioids known as endogenous opioids. Understand the way in which neurotransmitters bind to receptors.

Standard C: Students should develop understanding of structure and function in living systems.

Synthesize data from virtual experiments to determine how neurons communicate.

Standard A: Students should develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.