My Brain1st – 3rd Grade ElementaryCurriculumIntroduction to brainscience
Objective To introduce the brain functions and  awareness of thoughts To introduce the concept of choice in our  thought...
Overview Discussion: My brain Activity: Positive thoughts coloring sheet Activity: Thought Choices Activity: Deep Brea...
Materials Needed Optional:  book from the recommended  reading list Anatomy of the brain diagram- included Crayons, col...
My Brain
Optional ReadingChoose a book and read it to the childrenthen discuss it.Recommended reading: The Magic School Bus Explor...
Discussion: My BrainTeacher show the children the picture ofthe brain. Describe the brain, it’s location,approximate size....
My Brain isConnected toMy Body
Discussion: My BrainAsk the kids these questions to explain howour brains work What kinds of things do our brains do?   ...
Discussion: MemoryEverything that we see, touch, taste, smell,or hear is copied and stored in our brains. Can you remembe...
Discussion: ThoughtsOur thoughts are also stored in our brains.Whatever we think about stays in there.The wonderful thing ...
Discussion: Thoughts Isit more fun to think about playing  outside or cleaning up your room? Give some more examples of ...
Activity: Thought ChoicesWe get to choose which one to think about. Allwe have to do is start thinking about the thingstha...
Activity: Thought ChoicesAllow the children to keep thinking of theirgood things for about a minute Now how do you feel?...
Discussion: Skills and Talents Has someone ever told you that you have  done a really good job at something? Have you ev...
Discussion: Skills and TalentsWhen we practice something over andover again our brain remembers how wedid it and helps us ...
Activity: Positive ThoughtsPass out thePositive thoughtshandout and letthe childrendraw or write intheir talents andskills...
Discussion: PositiveThoughts HandoutDo you remember what I told you aboutthe brain recording everything that we see,touch,...
Discussion: PositiveThoughts Handout Have     you ever been called a name you  don’t like? How does that make you feel?...
BreathingAwareness and relaxation
Discussion: BreathingOur brains have a lot of jobs. And the amazingthing about our brains is that they do these jobsall at...
Discussion: BreathingThe signals that go from our brain to ourbody happen all the time, mostly without usthinking about it...
Video InstructionsOn the next page, click the photo. You willbe taken to the PBS Kids website videospage. You have to scro...
Relaxation Investigation                   Teacher: play                   the video                   Relaxation         ...
Discussion: BreathingNow ask: How do you feel? We just spent a minute thinking about our  breathing, but what happens wh...
Discussion: Wrap upReview with the children: What our brains do for us How we choose what to think about How we feel wh...
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My Brain: Intro to brain science A Curriculum for 1st - 3rd Graders

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Objectives of this curriculum are:
To introduce the brain functions and awareness of thoughts
To introduce the concept of choice in our thoughts
To relate thoughts to emotions
To introduce the idea of subconscious thoughts and functions of the brain
To introduce deep breathing for relaxation
To introduce relationship of thoughts to self-esteem

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My Brain: Intro to brain science A Curriculum for 1st - 3rd Graders

  1. 1. My Brain1st – 3rd Grade ElementaryCurriculumIntroduction to brainscience
  2. 2. Objective To introduce the brain functions and awareness of thoughts To introduce the concept of choice in our thoughts To relate thoughts to emotions To introduce the idea of subconscious thoughts and functions of the brain To introduce deep breathing for relaxation To introduce relationship of thoughts to self-esteem
  3. 3. Overview Discussion: My brain Activity: Positive thoughts coloring sheet Activity: Thought Choices Activity: Deep Breathing Video: Sid The Science Kid- Relaxation Investigation and Breathe In Breathe Out Discussion: What we learned
  4. 4. Materials Needed Optional: book from the recommended reading list Anatomy of the brain diagram- included Crayons, colored pencils, pencils, pens Nap mats, blankets, or room to stretch out Internet connection and tv or monitor to show video- links included Positive thoughts coloring sheet- included
  5. 5. My Brain
  6. 6. Optional ReadingChoose a book and read it to the childrenthen discuss it.Recommended reading: The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses Look Inside Your Brain Young Genius: Brains How Does Your Brain Work? (Rookie Read- About Health)
  7. 7. Discussion: My BrainTeacher show the children the picture ofthe brain. Describe the brain, it’s location,approximate size. Let the children knowthat every person and animal has a brain.Give examples like dogs, cats, monkeys,fish, etc. Explain that we have brainsbecause we are alive and that our brainshelp us in many ways. Every living thing hasa type of brain. Explain that every part ofour body is connected to our brain. Showthe diagram of the nervous system.
  8. 8. My Brain isConnected toMy Body
  9. 9. Discussion: My BrainAsk the kids these questions to explain howour brains work What kinds of things do our brains do?  Learn new things  Senses  Think about things  etc
  10. 10. Discussion: MemoryEverything that we see, touch, taste, smell,or hear is copied and stored in our brains. Can you remember what you ate for breakfast today?That is because your brain was payingattention. We call this memory. As we getolder there are things we will rememberreally well, and things we will not rememberso well, but EVERYTHING is still in there. Ourbrains remember it for us.
  11. 11. Discussion: ThoughtsOur thoughts are also stored in our brains.Whatever we think about stays in there.The wonderful thing about our thoughts isthat we can choose what we think about.We get to decide if we want to think abouta book we like to read or (more examplesof fun things).Ask the children: What do you like to think about?These are all good choices.
  12. 12. Discussion: Thoughts Isit more fun to think about playing outside or cleaning up your room? Give some more examples of positive or negative things kids might think about. How do you feel when you think about (positive examples)? When we think about things that make us happy, how do we feel? And what about when we think about things that are sad?
  13. 13. Activity: Thought ChoicesWe get to choose which one to think about. Allwe have to do is start thinking about the thingsthat make us happier. Think about something that makes you really happy (give examples like a pet, birthday party etc). Close your eyes, and make a picture of it in your mind. What does it look like? Does it smell? Does it taste? What does it feel like? Does it make a noise?
  14. 14. Activity: Thought ChoicesAllow the children to keep thinking of theirgood things for about a minute Now how do you feel? Was it fun to think of things that make us happy?We can do this any time we want to. We justchoose to focus on something that makes ushappy. You can do this at night before you goto bed or when you first wake up.
  15. 15. Discussion: Skills and Talents Has someone ever told you that you have done a really good job at something? Have you ever tried something that you thought would be hard? What happened? Did you practice and practice until you got better?
  16. 16. Discussion: Skills and TalentsWhen we practice something over andover again our brain remembers how wedid it and helps us to get better. Eventuallyit becomes something that you can doeasily without even thinking about it. Wecall this a talent or skill. What is your talent? What are you good at? What is a skill you have? How do you feel when you talk about your talents and skills?
  17. 17. Activity: Positive ThoughtsPass out thePositive thoughtshandout and letthe childrendraw or write intheir talents andskills and thingsthat make themhappy.
  18. 18. Discussion: PositiveThoughts HandoutDo you remember what I told you aboutthe brain recording everything that we see,touch, taste, smell, and feel and what wethink?Look at the pictures you just drew. Are these things we want our brains to remember? Are these things we want to think more about?
  19. 19. Discussion: PositiveThoughts Handout Have you ever been called a name you don’t like? How does that make you feel? Is it true? Look at your picture you just drew. What do you think you can do when someone says something about you that is not true or calls you a name? What do you think you can do when you are sad?
  20. 20. BreathingAwareness and relaxation
  21. 21. Discussion: BreathingOur brains have a lot of jobs. And the amazingthing about our brains is that they do these jobsall at the same time. Our brain works so fast, thatscientists are still learning just how fast our brainswork and how many things they do.Show the diagram of the nervous system again.If we could watch our thoughts travel from ourheads to our toes, it would move so fast that wemight not even see it. That is how fast our brainsare.
  22. 22. Discussion: BreathingThe signals that go from our brain to ourbody happen all the time, mostly without usthinking about it.One example is BREATHING. Let’s take aminute to listen to our breathing.Breathe in, breathe out.In. Out.(now breathe in and out without talking)
  23. 23. Video InstructionsOn the next page, click the photo. You willbe taken to the PBS Kids website videospage. You have to scroll through the videosto “Breathing Investigation” which is just afew clicks down.After breathing investigation click “songs”on the left and go to “Breathe In BreathOut”.The kids do not need to nap, but allowthem to listen to their breathing while themusic plays.
  24. 24. Relaxation Investigation Teacher: play the video Relaxation investigation then play the song about breathing.
  25. 25. Discussion: BreathingNow ask: How do you feel? We just spent a minute thinking about our breathing, but what happens when we don’t think about it, are we still breathing? Our brain continues to tell our body to breathe even when we are not thinking about breathing. This is one way that our brain helps us without us even knowing it.
  26. 26. Discussion: Wrap upReview with the children: What our brains do for us How we choose what to think about How we feel when we think of positive vs negative things How to replace criticism/name calling with positive ideas How breathing works How we feel when we listen to our breathing

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