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Lesson Plan/Activity

Now You See It, Now You Don’t, Grades 6-8

September 25, 2023

Who this is for:

Science Communicators


Memory is the process by which information about the world around us is encoded, stored, and recalled. While some animals do display evidence that they too have memories, humans are unique in that our memories help create complex language and self-awareness.

In this lesson, students first learn about the different stages of memory formation and the brain areas that sub-serve this ability. Then the entire class participates in an interactive and fun test of their short-term memory.

Student Objectives

  • Understand the different stages of memory storage.
  • Learn about the brain regions that are involved in memory formation.
  • Practice our short-term memory with a fun memory test for the entire class.

Lesson Plan

  • Title: Now You See It, Now You Don’t
  • Setting: In Classroom Subject: Biology – Neuroscience
  • Grade Level: 6-8
  • Time Frame: 35 Minutes
  • Paired Dana Foundation Fact Sheets: 6th-8th Grade How Does the Brain Work?
  • Next Generation Science Standards: Meets MS-LS1-8

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