Neuroscience Concepts & Activities by Grade Level: Upper Elementary, Grades 4 - 6

The scaffolding of these concepts does not follow any particular published set of standards. They come from Dr. Janet Dubinsky's experience in the BrainU, Brain Awareness Week, and Brain Bee programs. Some text taken from the Neuroscience Core Concepts, Society for Neuroscience www.brainfacts.org/About-Neuroscience/Core-Concepts.

Concept Activity/Resource
The neuron is the principal cell in the nervous system. Neurons are connected inside the brain to bring information from our senses to the decision making parts of the brain and on the motor control parts of the brain. Neurons bring information from our senses into the brain. Neurons take information from the brain out to the muscles. Beady Neuron, brainu.org/lesson/bead-neuron

Make Brains, Neurons out of clay, pipe cleaners, etc. faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chmodel.html
An electrical signal travels from one end of the neuron to another. A chemical signal takes information between neurons. Connect the Neuron, brainu.org/lesson/connect-neurons
As we learn, we strengthen the chemical connections between neurons so they work together to produce the behaviors we want. Connect the Neurons illustrates that practice makes groups of neurons work better. brainu.org/lesson/connect-neurons
Our brain and our senses are tuned to detecting differences in our environment. Our brains try to make sense out of all the incoming sensory information. When information is ambiguous or contradictory, the brain guesses on how to interpret the world. Sensory experiential stations, optical & sensory illusions

brainu.org/lessons/experiential-stations

faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chvision.html
We use our brains when we learn to move and think and behave nicely among others. Every time we learn something, we change our brains since the brain must learn how to control the body. The brain is organized to recognize sensations, initiate behaviors, and store and access memories that can last a lifetime. Brain Link© readers and associated activities www.ccitonline.org/ceo/content.cfm?content_id=232 www.ccitonline.org/ceo/content.cfm?content_id=231 www.ccitonline.org/ceo/content.cfm?content_id=230

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