In this introductory activity, students will read a description of the parts of the human brain and begin to associate structure with function. It is important to orient students to the layout of the brain, which will further assist them in becoming familiar with structures and functions of the brain. Students will color-code a brain diagram and complete a note taking activity intended to introduce each part of the brain and define its area and basic function. After students have read the description of the parts of the human brain, you may opt to show them a PowerPoint™ slideshow (included online with this lesson). The fact that each part of the brain is complex and carries out many functions is a concept meant to begin with this lesson but ultimately understood through the combination of lessons presented in this unit.
Brain, brain anatomy, cerebrum, cerebellum, structure, function, brain stem, diencephalon