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Resources for BBB Educators

Are you looking for ways to make teaching early brain development more exciting? Do you need an activity to illustrate or reinforce a concept related to brain development? This page includes ideas and resources to make your BBB teaching successful.

We need your ideas! If you have an activity, teaching strategy, or other tip to share with your fellow educators, please email it to Diane Bales so she can share it here.

Videos

Better Brains for Babies videos on YouTube

Games

"I Have...Who Has?" game

This game, shared by Hollie Queen at the April 2010 training, is a quick way to review the parts and functions of the brain. Print-ready cards are included.

Getting Wired Activity

Large-group movement activity to practice creating neurons, connecting, and sending signals. Used in the 2-day BBB Community Outreach Educator Training workshops.

Play Scavenger Hunt

Questions and answers to help educators explore the play chapter of the trainer's guide. Used in the 2-day BBB Community Outreach Educator Training workshops.

The Longest List, Play Edition

Activity encouraging groups of participants to create the longest lists they can think of in response to three questions about play and the brain. Thanks to Landis Hicks, who adapted the "Longest List" activity from the Fall 09 Trainer Refresher to include questions on play and the brain.

Songs

Brain Anatomy Rap

Rap that reinforces the basics of brain anatomy. Written (and performed!) by Katherine Falen as part of her mini-presentation at the 2-dayeducator workshop in July 2008 in Marietta, GA.

"The Brain Song"

This song, created by Kathy Nash at the october 2009 refresher in Duluth, GA, is sung to the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush." It teaches the different parts of the brain (brain stem, cerebellum, etc.)

"The Dendrite Song"

This song, originally posted on the Neuroscience for Kids website, was shared by Susan Kendrick at the 2-day educator workshop in April 2010 in Marietta, GA.

"How You Function and You Know It" song

Song to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It," focusing on the functions of the four lobes in the brain. Written by Lindsay Marshal as part of her mini-presentation at the 2-day educator workshop in November 2007 at St. Simons Island, GA.

"Order of Brain Development" song

This song, written by Anita Dailey at the September 2014 2-day educator workshop in Atlanta, reviews the parts of the brain. It is sung to the tune "Frere Jacques."

Stories

I Am Your Brain

This PowerPoint story, written by Patrice Turner at the September 2014 2-day educator workshop in Atlanta, tells about the parts of the brain using rhyme and humor.

Welcome to the Hippo Campus

This PowerPoint story, written by Judy Carter for the September 2014 2-day educator workshop in Atlanta, is a rhyming story that explains the function of the hippocampus.

Other Activity Ideas

Brain and Play handout

This handout, created by Landis Hicks, has a picture of a brain and places for participants to write in information about the brain and play from the BBB slides.

Neuron Model (beads)

This handout, created by BrainU in the University of Minnesota Department of Neuroscience, shows how to make a neuron model out of beads. It includes a worksheet with student activities to reinforce basic understanding of neuronal connections.

Neuron Model (string and hand)

This website demonstrates a way to make a model of the neuron using your hand and a loop of string. The page includes photos that illustrate the steps very well. Thanks to trainer Jana Shields for suggesting this activity.

Physical Well-Being Case Studies

Four case studies to lead discussion of strengths and risks to young children's physical well-being, based on individual and family stresses. Used in the 2-day BBB Community Outreach Educator Training workshops.

Giveaways

"Smarties Know"

Labels with basic facts about play and brain development. Can be printed on Avery 5160 labels and wrapped around Smarties candy to be distributed. Thanks to Landis Hicks for this idea!

"Brain Bark"

Labels that define brain-related terms. Can be printed on Avery 5160 labels and attached to individually wrapped brain candies molded out of almond bark. Thanks to Landis Hicks for this idea!

Handouts

Building Baby's Brain fact sheets

This series of nine fact sheets on brain development was written by specialists at UGA Cooperative Extension. All fact sheets are available in PDF format, and you are welcome to make copies for your teaching.

Brain Models and Props

 

Ordering Information

The following links are some possible sources of materials for BBB training. Keep in mind that these are not the only sources for brain models and other products. We recommend that you compare products and prices on various sites before purchasing.

Other Resources for Educators

 

BBB Refresher 09 Notes

Notes and ideas from the participants in the BBB Trainer Refresher session at the GAYC conference, October 8, 2009.

 

Brain-Related Power Point Presentations at Pete's Power Point Station

Educator Phillip Martin has created Pete's Power Point Station as a source of free power point presentations for educators. This section includes a variety of power point presentations on the brain, targeted at school-age children. BBB has not reviewed and approved the power point presentations; be sure to review them for accuracy before using them.

 

Brainsrule.com Children's Games

This website has a series of interactive games, intended for children, to teach basic messages about the brain. The site also has teacher activities to teach children about the brain and neuroscience.

 

Neuroscience for Kids: Brain-Related Activities

These activities are intended to help children ages K - 12 learn more about the brain. Some activities might also be useful for training adults on brain anatomy and development.

 

Society for Neuroscience: Neuromyths Power Point Presentation

Power Point presentation describing eight common myths about the brain.

 

Society for Neuroscience: Hands-on Activities on Neuromyths

Hands-on activities to accompany the Power Point presentation describing eight common myths about the brain.