K-1: The Senses
Direct students place their hands on the lower back of the head (on the curved portion of the skull above the neck). Explain that the brain part in this location is called the cerebellum, which helps muscles work together to coordinate well-learned movements (like playing a musical instrument or mastering a complicated dance). It also controls the sense of balance and is responsible for storing automatic skills that we have learned, such as reciting the pledge of allegiance or repeating quick math facts. Have students locate the cerebellum on their brain diagrams and color it blue.
Have students choose pictures they think are related to the “learned movement” part of the brain (skating, swimming, dancing and walking). Discuss students’ selections. Have them color the bottom bands of this new set of pictures blue, and then tape or glue the images near the blue cerebellum on their diagrams.
Note: See slide 10 for the answer key.
Keywords: brain | brain stem | central nervous system | cerebellum | cerebrum | five senses | sensory system | senses
- 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
- Illustration by M.S. Young © Baylor College of Medicine.
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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