Activity 1A: A Piece of Your Mind: Brain Anatomy

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.

  • Observe the basic anatomy of the brain and its components
  • Identify the parts of the brain
  • Identify major lobes of the cerebral cortex
  • Observe a portion of the spine, spinal cord, and spinal nerves
  • Relate structure to function in the brain



Brain, brain anatomy, cerebrum, cerebellum, structure, function, brain stem, diencephalon

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It's All in Your Mind
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Lesson 1: Brain Anatomy