September 19, 2015
by Sanayya Sohail

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Learn About The Brain

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Students will be able to identify the four lobes of the brain. Students will be able to identify the function of the four lobes of the brain.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell your students that today they will be learning about the brain and how it is divided into 2 hemispheres.
  • Explain that the left hemisphere controls the right side of the body while the right hemisphere controls the left side of the body.
(20 minutes)
  • Put a poster sized picture of the brain on the board.
  • Ask your students to take notes while you explain key concepts related to the brain.
  • Point and go over the parts of the brain with your students.
  • Explain to your students that the brain stem controls breathing and other vital sensations.
  • Inform them that the spinal cord connects parts of the body to the brain.
  • Explain that the cerebellum controls movement, coordination, and balance.
  • Introduce the four lobes of the brain, explaining that the frontal lobe helps a person think, plan, and solve problems, the parietal lobe helps a person with movement and sense of taste, the occipital lobe helps a person see, and the temporal lobe helps a person hear.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask your students to complete the Brainiac worksheet with a partner.
  • Go over the worksheet as a class.
(20 minutes)
  • Direct your students to complete the Your Body: The Brain worksheet.
  • Go over the worksheet as a class.
  • Enrichment: Ask your students to pick a lobe to research. Instruct them to research two symptoms that would occur as a result of damage to the lobe. Ask your students to write a short essay explaining their findings.
  • Support: Give each student the Brain Diagram worksheet. Ask students to label the brain parts and the lobes. Have them write the function of each part and lobe next to it on the picture. Help your students complete the activity if they get stuck.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask your students to complete the The Incredible Human Brain worksheet.
(20 minutes)
  • Divide your students into groups of four.
  • Give each group a copy of the Why Do Zombies Love Brains worksheet.
  • Ask your students to read the interesting facts about the brain and ponder upon the areas responsible for different things by looking and reflecting at the picture with their group.
  • Have them write the ideas that they found most interesting about the brain from the worksheet and explain why.
  • Go around the class and ask them to share what they wrote.

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