According to Eric Jensen, working memory is the number one predictor of a child's learning success. Working memory training can accelerate a student’s learning at a rate of 1.5 to 2.5 years growth in one school year! We must keep in mind that the brain has the capacity to change. To change the brain, skills must be presented with increasing challenge.
Brainy Bears does just that. This activity allows your youngest learners to experience success with memory skills and build on thei success as they practice paying close attention and remembering what they saw.
I developed this active set to use with my students of poverty to help them build working memory skills. To use this tool, you may present the samples using the pdf on your technology (smartboard, laptop, iPad, etc.). I purposefully left every other page blank so that you can “hide the sample” by scrolling. Provide the learner/learners with the specified groups of bears and the blank template for the number of boxes. Or, you can print the samples as cards. Use bear counters or the included printables.
Talk with your learners about the importance to not only looking at the cards, but thinking about them as well. Encourage them to look closely and try to remember the bears they see. You can decide the amount of time before hiding the sample. , and increase difficulty by shortening the time.
Start simple and build up the levels when success is easy.
The samples go from only 2 boxes to 7 boxes and are numbered within each of 7 levels. Flexible implementation. Individual to whole group. Make a game by earning points for correct responses. Great for special education.