- How can you prevent downshifting when learning?
- How can you create strong neural pathways in your brain?
- What can you do to become smarter?
Students will understand:
- Learning only happens in the cerebral cortex. If you become upset, you downshift to the emotional brain; if you feel you are in danger you downshift to the reptilian brain.
- Learning happens when neural pathways are established. Extended practice creates stronger pathways. Neurons that fire togeher wire togeher
- Intelligence is not fixed. You can control how smart you become.
Students will know:
- The brain is the control center of the body. it is made of cells called neurons.
- The brain consists of three main parts: Brain Stem, Cerebellum, and Cerebrum.
- Three different parts of the brain work together to act like one brain. The reptilian brain runs body functions and helps the body survive. The Limbic area controls emotions. The cerebral cortex is where learning occurs.
- Neurons have a cell body, dendrites, and an axon. They communicate with other neurons to corm connection. The messages jump across gaps called synapses.
Students will be skilled at:
- Creating/drawing brain models including identifying the three main portions of the brain
- Creating/drawing brain models including identifying the cell body, dendrites, and axon.
- Documenting their thinking/learning in their inquiry notebooks.
Create a product or presentation to teach others what is meant by, "The neurons that fire together wire together".
Prepare tri-fold board and oral presentation for the Brain Fest Symposium.
Develop an appreciation for all kinds of differences.
- Public speaking
- Social Studies