K-1: The Senses
Ask, Where is your brain? [Inside the head] Have students place their hands on top of their heads. Explain that there are many parts to the brain and they will be learning about three of the most important areas. Ask, Did you know that each part of the brain has a special job to do? The largest part of the brain is located directly under their hands. It called the cerebrum. Have students repeat the word. Explain that the cerebrum is the “thinking” part of the brain, responsible not only for thinking, but also learning, remembering, feeling sensations and emotions, and moving muscles on command.
Give each student a copy of “Brain Diagram 1.” Direct students to place their fingers on the cerebrum area of the brain illustration. Next, have them color the area red.
Have students cut out the brain diagram and glue it into their individual science notebooks.
Keywords: brain stem | central nervous system | cerebellum | cerebrum | five senses | brain | senses
- Illustration by M.S. Young © Baylor College of Medicine.
- Tharp, B., Vu, M., Mock, D., Burnett, C., and Moreno, N. (2015). K-1: The Senses Teacher’s Guide. Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. All rights reserved. ISBN: 978-1-888997-87-3
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Funded by the following grant(s)
National Institutes of Health: Blueprint for Neuroscience Education, National Institute on Drug Abuse and Science Education Partnership Award program, Office of the Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs.
The Learning Brain: Interactive Inquiry for Teachers and Students
Grant Number: RD25DA033006