Lesson Plan

Strengthening Our Brains With Mindfulness

In this lesson, students will use Daniel Siegel’s “hand model of the brain” to identify how their brains work. They will learn the term “prefrontal cortex" (PFC) and about how their brains can grow when they learn new things.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify how the brain and prefrontal cortex (PFC) function and change.
  • Students will understand how mindfulness can strengthen their brains.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
Our Awesome Brains
  • Place images of the brain around the room.
  • Have students walk around the room quietly. Ask them to notice what they see and wonder in the pictures.
  • Allow for students to walk around the room and independently make "notices" and "wonders."
  • After a few minutes, ask students to pause at one image and partner up with 1–2 other people there.
  • Ask the student pairs or groups of three to talk amongst themselves about what they notice and wonder about the image.
  • Ask students to bring their images with them and join together into a circle, either seated in chairs or on the floor. Have them stay in their groups.
  • Ask each group to show the class their image and share their notices and wonders.