Subject: SEL (Social-Emotional Learning)
Lesson Length: 15 - 20 mins
Topic: Brain Term Review
Grade Level: 5, 6, 7
SELF-AWARENESS: The abilities to understand one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior across contexts. (Casel, 2020)
Brief Description: Students will use the pre-created comic cells to review brain terminology.
Know Before You Start: Students will need prior knowledge on what parts of the brain are called, how they operate and how each part makes an impact on social and emotional health. (See Lesson below for definitions)
Hook: Discuss the parts of the brain and their functions.
Out loud or on paper, have students answer the questions found in the sample comic. (Answers below)
When finished, have them explain (or write) how that part of their brain supports them in their learning.
Optional Activity: Print the comic to create brain terminology flash cards.
Cell 1: Regulates our reactions and emotions -- it’s where our “primal brain” lives
Cell 2: Stores and process memories and important facts
Cell 3: Helps us focus, decide, analyze and reason
Cell 4: Sends messages from your spinal cord and brain to help body functions
Cell 5: Neurons send information throughout
our brain -- they help us form habits, beliefs and mindsets
Closure: Ask students to reflect (either journal or whole group) why knowing the parts of our brain and their roles are important for us as social and emotional learners -- especially as we grow.
Differentiation: Print out flashcards for students and pre-teach definitions/functions.