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K-1: The Senses

Author(s): Barbara Tharp, MS, Michael Vu, MS, Delinda Mock, BA, Christopher Burnett, BA, and Nancy Moreno, PhD.

Let's Read Making Sense!

Guiding Question 
What do you know about the brain? 


  • The brain is the command center of the body. 
  • The brain has unique physical characteristics. 
  • The brain has three major parts, each with different roles. 

Have you ever wondered about the human brain? What does it look like? How much does it weigh? What does it feel like? Most of us will never see or touch a real brain, but we can share much of the excitement of neuroscience by teaching a few simple concepts about the brain.

The brain is the body’s “command center” and most complex organ. It is part of the nervous system, a communications network that extends throughout the body. The brain is enclosed within the skull dome, or cranium, a bony shell that protects the brain and forms the shape of the head. A cushion of fluid inside the cranium, and three tough membranes covering the brain—called meninges—provide further protection.


Engage students by reading the student storybook, Making Sense! Explain that they will be learning about the most important part of their body, the brain. 

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