Learning About Our Brains

This week, we began our fall, all-school curricular unit on "Neuroscience, the Brain, and Mindfulness" (taught, of course, at age-appropriate levels). Here our STEM Specialist introduces the brain to students in the combined 2nd and 3rd grade classroom. Students learned about the prefrontal cortex (PFC), amygdala, and hippocampus, and personified these key brain regions in drawings. Students identified and drew personalities, animals, or cartoon characters to represent the function of each brain structure. Some of the representations for the PFC, often referred to as the "wise leader," were Yoda and an owl; for the amygdala or "security guard," Kylo Ren and a T. Rex; and for the hippocampus, the "memory sorter," representations included a mail carrier and an elephant.