LESSON PLANS  

Each plan combines a lesson about the brain with a fun activity for students to complete. The lessons include a formal lesson plan for the teacher/instructor and PowerPoint slides to present to students. The lessons are organized by grade and age level.

FOR GRADES K-5 (5-11 years old):
 

Build-a-Brain
This exercise incorporates a basic neuroanatomy lesson with a fun sensory and motor activity where students get to create the brain of an imaginary animal using Play-Doh.

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Expose Your Nose
This exercise incorporates a lesson on the sense of smell with an experiment that allows students to observe and gather scientific observations.

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Protect Your Brain
This exercise incorporates a lesson on the ventricular system and common brain injuries with a demonstration of the importance of cerebrospinal fluid in keeping the brain safe from injury.

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FOR GRADES 6-8 (12-14 years old):

Design an Imaginary Animal:
 
This exercise integrates a basic neuroanatomy lesson with a creative group activity where students get to design an imaginary animal and build its brain out of Play-Doh.

Design an Imaginary Animal
Imaginary Animal ppt
Lesson Plan PowerPoint

Touch-a-Brain:
This exercise is an extension of the Design an Imaginary Animal neuroanatomy lesson. Touch-a-Brain builds on the information learned in Design an Imaginary Animal by giving students the opportunity to touch a real sheep and/or human brain.

Touch-a-Brain
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Lesson Plan PowerPoint 

Pipe Cleaner Neuron:
This exercise combines a lesson on the neuron and neurotransmission with a hands-on activity where students get to create a realistic model neuron out of pipe cleaners.

Pipe Cleaner
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Lesson Plan PowerPoint

Now You See It, Now You Don’t:
This exercise incorporates a lesson on the stages of memory formation with a fun activity where students get to test their short-term memory.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t
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Lesson Plan PowerPoint

Optical Illusions:
This exercise combines a lesson on the visual system with the opportunity for students to look at some optical illusions and learn how they trick our brains. 

Optical Illusions
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Lesson Plan PowerPoint