Because of this, I decided to splurge and buy a brain model. After some internet searching, I settled on this one, and am happy with the quality. The students are able to handle it, take it apart, piece it back together – so much more hands-on and interesting than just a picture. Unfortunately, it did cost me about $40. If any enterprising reader can design a less expensive model, I will be happy to share it with others!
I also found some interesting video footage and images to weave into our initial lessons.
Finally, I downloaded the 3D Brain app onto our iPads so students can explore the brain with a virtual model. With this app, students can rotate and zoom around 29 interactive structures. Detailed text explores functions, injuries, and provides further links. The free version is just fine, but for just 0.99 you can upgrade to better resolution.