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Neuron Chain Tag

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    University of Washington

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Neuron Chain Tag

In this outdoor activity, learners play a game of Tag to discover how neurons attach themselves to each other to form a chain. The game starts with one learner who is "it" and represents the first neuron. When "it" tags another player, the tagger player must hold the hand of "it" and work together to form a long a chain. The game ends when all the players are part of the neuron chain.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • A chain
  • Chart of a neuron chain
  • Computer with internet access to review webpages


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Structure and Function
    • Human Body
      • The Brain and Nervous System

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Games
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Yoshioka, Melissa


  • All Rights Reserved, Eric H. Chudler, ©2009


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