My kindergarten- 2nd grade class learned all about the nervous system. We talked about things like neurons and parts of the brain. We made a few brain crafts and played a game or two. Who knew learning about the nervous system could be so much fun? We covered this material over two class-periods, but I am condensing it to one post.
We then created “nerve necklaces.” This printable craft can be found in Scholastic’s Human Body Project Book. When we were finished, we gathered in a circle and played a short game that demonstrated how neurons send electrical impulses to the next neuron. Students stood in a circle holding hands. The designated “start” person squeezed the hand of the person on his right, when that person felt the squeeze, they squeezed the next person’s hand. We would time how long it took for the “squeeze” to get back to the first person.
Once again Valerie over at File Folder Fun had a Parts of the Brain worksheet. This went in more detail than the three parts we learned, but it got across to the kids that certain parts of the brain are in charge of certain parts of the body.
We also printed out a Brain Puzzle plus a mini-poster on the nervous system from File Folder Fun. She also has a couple cute crafts suitable for older kids.
Additional Activity: The Human Body Project Book has a printable brain-hat, which we made but did not photograph (I must have been busy.)
If possible, I always try to show the kids a related video clip. Schoolhouse Rock has The Telegraph System video which was perfect for this lesson! (video embedded below for those reading in RSS)
As always, my class had a take-home sheet and a coloring assignment in their human body coloring book.