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