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Grade 3 Books Overview

A Walk In The Rain With A Brain - Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

Maddi's Fridge - Lois Brandt

Where Oliver Fits - Cale Atkinson

Because Amelia Smiled - David Ezra Stein

Grade 3 Discontinued Books

Effie - Beverly Allinson (Discontinued)

Don't Laugh At Me - Steve Seskin (Discontinued)

Because Brian Hugged His Mother - David L. Rice (Discontinued)

A Walk In The Rain With A Brain – Activity #5: "Seeds For Growing A Brain"

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  • A Walk In The Rain With A Brain – Activity #5: "Seeds For Growing A Brain"

Activity #5: “Seeds For Growing A Brain”

This activity helps students understand that they’re brain is constantly growing, just like when you plant a seed. This metaphor works to encourage students to constantly learn new things in order to grow their brain.

Materials:

  • Various kinds of seeds (beans, popcorn, etc)
  • Brain template (provided)
  • Pencil crayon or felts
  • Various colours of construction paper
  • Glue
  • Student journals

Teacher Preparation:

  • Print enough brain templates for each student.

 

Step by Step:

Step One: Discuss with students how our brains always want to continually improve:

  • Brainstorm things that students might want to get better at.
  • Talk about activities that they could do to practice and improve the brain.
  • Talk about having a seed in their brain and how they might encourage this seed to grow.

Step Two: Have students write in their journals about what they want to continue to learn or something new that they want to learn.

Examples:

I would like to make my seed grow by learning how to do a cartwheel. So my goal is to practice almost every day and learn how to do one before I go to Disneyland in March. My brain has a goal to reach.

I want my brain to improve at jumping off the high diving board. I will help my brain do this by having courage, and going to the pool on Mondays and Saturdays.

Step Three: Have students cut-out and colour their brains.

Step Four: Glue the brain onto a piece of coloured construction paper.

Step Five: Cut the construction paper so it leaves a ½” border around the brain.

Step Six: Finally, students glue their seed anywhere onto their coloured brain.

 

End Product:

Students have a great visual of a seed that has the potential to ‘grow,’ just like their brains. Display the colourful brains alongside the student writing.

 

 

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