Spring SAVY 2022 – Biology of the Brain for 1st/2nd Grade (Allison)
We had a great day in Biology of the Brain!
Students learned about how the brain functions as a “control center” for the body. We discussed the nervous system and how it works with other body systems. Students learned about brain lobes and their associated functions. They completed activities that focused on critical thinking, problem solving, sensory processing, and memory.
During the “sensory winter Olympics” students completed four labs. They worked in teams of three or four researchers to complete the sound localization trials, depth perception drop, temperature regulation experience, and visual memory test. At home you may want to conduct experiments that focus on taste and smell, such as blindfolded taste tests while pinching your nose. For the sake of COVID safety, we didn’t do experiments that would require students to remove masks.
Throughout the day, students asked thought-provoking questions to deepen their understanding of the brain. We discussed the difference between short-term and long-term memory and voluntary and involuntary actions. The concept of neurons communicating information was introduced. If your child wants to learn more about the brain, neurons would be a great topic to further research and discuss.