Lesson plans will engage students in hands-on activities that expand on themes featured in My Busy, Busy Brain by Nicole Russell. Objectives focus on knowing our strengths and struggles, controlling our emotions, and making decisions that support brain love. The lessons were thoughtfully designed to promote learning about brain health in a fun way, and each will provide students a colorful product to take home and share with their loved ones.
Lesson plans are structured to be 50 minutes in length including a 10-15 minute warm-up/mini-lesson, a 30-35 minute interactive main activity, and a 10 minute closing. The warm-ups are meant to hook the students' interest with open-ended questions, a mindfulness practice and multimedia. The main activities are inquiry-based with a creative component and allow for individual, pair, or group learning. There are modifications for movement and for students who need visuals to scaffold. Closing activity questions are grounded in the lesson objective and can be used as low-stakes assessments.
Lessons are aligned with New York State Social-Emotional Learning Benchmarks P-12, as well as state SEL standards across the nation. The lesson activities provide opportunities for students to build self-awareness, self-management, social-awareness, interpersonal skills, decision-making skills, and responsible behaviors.
Enjoy the activities and tag us @Mybusybusybrain to show off students’ final products!
Created by Diana Isern, NYCDOE Assistant Principal and Nicole Russell, Author My Busy, Busy Brain with advisement from Carla Breton, NYCDOE Special Educator