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Brain-Compatible Activities, Grades 6-8

Brain-Compatible Activities, Grades 6-8

September 2007 | 96 pages | Corwin

A Corwin Press Classroom Activity Book Download a Sample Lesson Plan and Student Activity
Download a Sample Lesson Plan
and Student Activity

Practical, brain-compatible activities every elementary teacher can use!

Brain research has provided a tremendous opportunity to develop instructional techniques that facilitate the brain's innate learning capacity. As educators, we can take this knowledge and apply it to the strategies we use in our classrooms.

This essential resource, based on David A. Sousa's best-seller How the Brain Learns, Third Edition, provides ready-to-use, brain-compatible activities that feature some of the following strategies:

  • Graphic organizers
  • Mnemonic devices
  • Cooperative learning
  • Movement to enhance retention
  • Music to stimulate brain activity and creativity

These activities, correlated with national standards, cover all the content areas in grades 6–8 and include topics such as vocabulary, characterization, percentages, word problems, family history, historical research, mitosis, chemical equations, and much more!

The more we understand how the brain learns, the more instructional options we have. This unique resource helps you make the most of the brain's learning potential and transform your teaching practices to engage every student in your classroom.

For other grade-specific Corwin Press Classroom books, please see:

Brain-Compatible Activities, Grades K-2
Brain-Compatible Activities, Grades 3-5

About the Author
David A. Sousa, an international educational consultant, has served at all levels of education in New Jersey public schools, including superintendent, supervisor of instruction, K–12 director of science, and junior and senior high school science instructor. Sousa has also been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University, and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.

Sousa has presented at national conventions of educational organizations and has conducted workshops on brain research and science education in hundreds of school districts and at colleges and universities across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He has edited science books and published numerous books and articles in leading educational journals on staff development, science education, and brain research. Sousa has a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Massachusetts State College at Bridgewater, a master of arts in teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University.

Connections to Standards
Put It Into Practice
1. Language Arts
Idiom Interviews

Uninvited to Tea

Sinking Sub

Hink Pink Think!

2. Mathematics
Is it a Deal?

Metric Measurement Run

Situation Cell Phone

Acting Out

3. Social Studies
1950s Hoop-la

Family Totem

Guess Who?

To Vote or Not to Vote

4. Science
We Will Rock You

Mitosis Focus

Heart Walk

Picturing Chemical Equations

5. Physical Education and the Arts
Personal Petroglyphs

Mozart Metaphors

Cartoons Can Teach

Fitness Instructor

Answer Key

“The different grade levels and approaches of these workbooks make them a top pick for any library strong in classroom workbooks and activities for teachers. Each workbook holds some 96 pages of projects, with fill-in blanks and ideas perfect for photocopying and classroom use. All are outstanding workbooks that teachers will appreciate.”

California Bookwatch, March 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
This activity book:
  • Offers step-by-step lessons with detailed instructions for the teacher
  • Provides ready-to-use, brain-compatible activities for all content areas
  • Includes all the necessary reproducibles

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ISBN: 9781412952736