39 pages including a scripted lesson plan and interactive class activities and projects to teach students about our amazing brains.
Welcome to the world of Matter Mania! I hope you enjoy my lesson plans for fun, interactive, and stimulating science classes. My lessons encourage the STEM fundamentals: becoming critical thinkers and effective problem solvers through real world examples and project based learning.
In part 1 of this lesson plan, students will learn about neurons, synapses, and neurotransmitters. They will gain an understanding of the complexity of neural connections and how neural chains are formed. Students will look at the structure of the brain and discuss how its many folds are what increase intelligence and not its overall size. Finally, students will learn about the brain stem, the cerebellum, and the 4 main lobes of the brain in the cerebrum. Students will then construct a clay model of the brain.
In part 2, students will learn about memory. They will learn the difference between long- and short-term memory. Students will participate in exercises to test their own short-term memory and learn several techniques to help improve it such as repetition, visualization, chaining, and acrostics. They will learn the value of concentration on memory as well as watch a simulation of a selective attention test.
In part 3, students will learn the different ways the left and right sides of the brain process information. They will try the Stroop Test and look at some optical illusions to see how we can trick our brains. Finally, students will learn about cerebrospinal fluid and its roll in protecting the brain. They will see a demonstration using an egg as a model of the brain which will demonstrate the importance of using protective gear such as helmets while playing sports.
This lesson plan is appropriate for grades 3-5. It can be completed in 3 class periods. The lesson is fully scripted, easy to use, and appropriate for teachers, homeschoolers, parents, and substitute teachers.
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