Growth Mindset Brain Unit Lesson Plans

Growth Mindset Brain Unit Lesson Plans
Growth Mindset Brain Unit Lesson Plans
Growth Mindset Brain Unit Lesson Plans
Growth Mindset Brain Unit Lesson Plans
Growth Mindset Brain Unit Lesson Plans
Growth Mindset Brain Unit Lesson Plans
Growth Mindset Brain Unit Lesson Plans
Growth Mindset Brain Unit Lesson Plans
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This is something I am very passionate about! :)

   Do you want to teach your students to have a growth mindset but feel like just telling them to "keep trying" isn't enough? Why not teach your students explicitly about how the brain learns in order to help them understand why they need to practice, why making connections is important, and that having a growth mindset isn't just lip service?

   This mini unit consists of 6 short lessons about the brain and how we learn.

   I know we do not have a lot of time in our schedules, so these lessons were designed to to take about 20-25 minutes a day for roughly 6 days.

   These lessons and interactive activities will help you teach your students what the brain does, what happens in the brain when we make connections, and how we grow dendrites when we practice in order to improve their outlook and willingness to practice, do homework, and try new things.

   Geared toward upper elementary students (grades 3-6).

   Written with brain based teaching in mind, most of the lessons include opportunities for movement for kinesthetic learners, hand gestures to aid with retention of material, colorful visuals, word wall posters and essential question posters to aid visual learners, as well as opportunities for students to turn and talk to help students process what they are learning.

   No prior knowledge of the brain is needed by student or teacher. Everything you need is included!

What's Included:
• 6 Extensive Lesson Plans:
   Lesson 1: Assessing for prior knowledge of the brain
   Lesson 2: The Three Main Parts of the Brain
   Lesson 3: Neurons: Let's Make a Connection! Let's Grow Dendrites!
   Lesson 4: Let's Make Neurons! Neuron Buddies
   Lesson 5: Practice Grows Dendrites
   Lesson 6: Putting It All Together: Brain Review

   Within these lessons, there are:
     - Optional extension activities
     - QR codes and links to kid friendly video clips
     - Common core state standard connections
     - Examples of what to say, how to present each lesson, ideas on how to incorporate brain based teaching into your lessons, and incorporate movement and gestures.

• Worksheets and/or Visuals for each lesson:
   - Brain KWL charts
   - Brain Web graphic organizer
   - Brain picture and word web (great for any subject you teach!)
   - "3 Main Parts of the Brain" reading sheet
   - "Neurons: Let's Make A Connection" worksheet
   - Neuron Buddies craftivity
   - "I make amazing connections in my brain" worksheet (to engage students in thinking of what they want to practice)

• 8 colorful visuals about the 3 main parts of the brain, neurons, and dendrites to display on your interactive white board or print. These are not specifically designed for interactive white boards as they are PDFs, but can be displayed on the whiteboard nicely by clicking on view- full screen.

• 6 Essential Question Posters (one for each lesson)

• 7 Word Wall Posters to help students remember the main idea of each lesson.

   If you happen to have any difficulty with any of the video files or QR codes please send me a message in the Q and A section. Please do not rate this poorly or give negative feedback because of technical issues. I am happy to help!

To see how I use this in my classroom, check out my blog post: Teaching Kids About Neuroscience

This unit is also part of 3 discounted bundles:
Growth Mindset Growing Bundle (over 35% off all of my growth mindset products!)
This product + Unit 2
This product + the 'Kiss Your Brain Bulletin Board Kit'

Check out my other Growth Mindset resources.
Total Pages
49 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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