Read a book about your brain and how you learn. Here are two I especially enjoy using with primary students:
Ask someone from a local college to share some animal and/or human brains with your class. We have students come and bring human brains and the kiddos were fascinated when they actually saw a real human brain!
Ask someone from the Department of Public Safety come and speak to your students about the importance of wearing helmets when riding bicycles and how they protect your brain!
If you want to go all out, you can hold a school wide event! For several years, our gifted program held a Brain Awareness event called Brain QUEST at one of the malls in our city. Young children often think the brain is only about thinking, but as we know, our brains control everything we see, hear, smell, and touch. With that in mind, we had 11 stations with activities for the kiddos to complete. Each gifted teacher’s students were in charge of a booth, and kids from the entire city came out to participate. Below are some pictures and descriptions of some of the activities:
BrainsRule is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska at Omaha and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. With its funky sound effects and bright colors, the site is geared primarily toward kids, allowing them to play brain games, create personal brain Web pages and ask questions of brain experts. The site also offers information for teachers, including lesson plans with hands-on classroom activities aimed at making learning about neuroscience and the brain fun and exciting.
Keep ’em Thinking: Everything About Brains and Intelligence Pinterest Board: Follow this Pinterest Board to keep up with the latest ideas for teaching about the brain!
That’s all for today! I hope you and your students enjoy learning about the Brain! Be sure to check out the other posts of these fabulous teachers!
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