Topic: Brain Health & Brain Anatomy
brain anatomy, cerebral cortex, cerebellum, brain stem, diencephalon, lobes of the brain, structure and function
Using paper templates, students will construct a three dimensional
model of the exterior and interior of the brain. Students will be able to:
Models are a motivating, effective and fun way to improve knowledge
and promote self-directed learning. Students visualize and reflect as they
construct models. In this activity, as they “Make up Their Minds”,
students will assemble a brain cap that will allow them to examine basic
As they construct the brain cap, students will use templates provided in
the teacher section of this activity along with processing out information
from Activity 1A A Piece of Your Mind: Brain Anatomy. They will color, label, and list the function of each part of the brain. Next, students will cut out and construct their brain cap.
This activity is designed to appeal to multiple intelligences as basic brain
anatomy comes alive for students. This activity builds upon the work
done in Activity 1A A Piece of Your Mind: Brain Anatomy. It will appeal to kinesthetic, spatial, and logical/mathematical intelligences as students construct a model of the exterior of the brain. Students will also construct nerve pathways and a model of how the nerves join in the brainstem and travel down the spinal cord through the vertebrae.
More in depth background information on brain anatomy is provided
in Activity 1A Piece of Your Mind: Brain Anatomy, firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Cut out the Brain Cap Templates and assemble according to directions
on the templates.
2. After students have completed their Brain Caps and are wearing them,
engage in a whole group review of the structure and function of the brain. Cut the paper strips provided after this section into pieces. Place them into
a container. Draw one strip at random and read the
text out loud. Students should point to the part of the brain involved.
Continue until all strips have been used. Repeat as needed for practice.
Abu-sitta, SA; Shalaby, MA; Hajek, J. (1984). The value of student-made
models as learning aids in physiology. Medical Education, 5, 326-330.
Cohen, BJ. (2005). Memmler’s structure and function of the human
body 8th ed. Baltimore, MD : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott
William & Wilkins.
Gilbert, JK. (2007). Visualization in Science Education: Models and
Modeling in Science Education , Vol. 1. New York: Springer Publications.
Brain Cap Templates on following pages.