Build-a-Brain, Grades K-5
The “Build-A-Brain” exercise integrates a fun sensory and motor activity with a basic neuroanatomy lesson. The instructor first provides a short explanation of brain structures and the functions they sub-serve. Students are then asked to utilize this information to create the brain of an imaginary animal using Play-Doh.
Students are asked to present and describe their imaginary animal’s brain and functions to the rest of the class. This exercise facilitates a broad range of learning styles, and the difficulty level can be adapted to suit a variety of grade levels and educational backgrounds.
- Explore the structure and function of various parts of the human brain.
- Understand the differences between the brains of comparative animal models.
- Utilize knowledge to create the brain of an imaginary animal.
- Refine oral communication skills by presenting work to peers.
- Title: Build-A-Brain
- Setting: In Classroom
- Subject: Biology – Neuroscience
- Grade Level: K-5
- Paired Dana Foundation Fact Sheets:
- Next Generation Science Standards: Meets 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS-1, and 4-LS1-2