Welcome! We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. As we all adjust to online learning, MiNDS would like to help. We’ve developed short (~ 20 minute) lessons to introduce kids to the brain. These lessons are geared towards Kindergarten-3rd grade learners and are equipped with fun hands-on activities that can be done at home. We’ll be posting new lessons throughout the next couple of weeks, so continually check back!
Lesson 1: This lesson offers a basic introduction to the brain and nervous system. Here you will learn about the different things that your brain does and how it communicates with your body. Download here!
Lesson 2: This lesson offers an introduction to the building block of the nervous system: neurons! Here you will learn about the different parts of a neuron and make your very own brain cell. Download here!
Lesson 3: This lesson offers an introduction to the different sections (lobes) of the brain. Here you will learn about the parts of the brain responsible for sight, hearing, touch, problem solving, and much more. Download here!
This lesson also covers how to make your own brain hat. Download template here!
Lesson 4: This lesson teaches about our sense of smell and our sense of taste. This lesson includes an at-home experiment, which will demonstrate just how important it is for these two senses to work together. Download here!
Lesson 5: This lesson explains how our ears are able to hear and our eyes are able to see. At the end of this lesson, you’ll do an experiment to find your “blind spot” and trick your brain into seeing something that isn’t really there. Download here!