This is a 3-page sample of my Brain Mini-Unit for Growth Mindset. It is a sampling from “Lesson 3 – Neurons: Let's Make a Connection”.
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 free sample, which gives you a portion of Lesson 3 from the complete set, will help you begin to teach your students to understand what happens in the brain when they make connections from what they are learning to what they already know.
This free download includes:
1. A Neuron Visual
explaining what neurons are and how they make connections to display on your interactive white board or print. (This not specifically designed for interactive white boards as it is a PDF, but can be displayed on the whiteboard nicely by going into Full Screen Mode.)
2. Neurons: Let's Make a Connection student worksheet
. This worksheet is great to use with any subject! It will help your students realize that when they make connections to a topic they are studying in class, their neurons are actually making connections.
3. "Brain" and "Neuron" Word Wall Posters
. These half page posters are perfect for displaying in your classroom to remind students about the key terms in lesson 3 of the complete Brain Mini-Unit.
Download this free sample today. If you like what you see:
Purchase the complete Brain Mini-Unit for Growth Mindset!
What is the complete Brain Mini-Unit for Growth Mindset about?
Geared toward upper elementary students (grades 3-6).
The lessons and interactive activities in the Brain Mini-Unit for Growth Mindset 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.
Written with brain based teaching in mind, most of the lessons in the complete mini-unit 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 in the complete Brain Mini-Unit for Growth Mindset:
• 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.
To see how I use this in my classroom, check out my blog post: Teaching Kids About Neuroscience
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