Lesson Plan: My Brain at Work
Curriculum Alignment
NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Curriculum Standards

2C.04 Children have varied opportunities and are provided equipment to engage in large motor experiences that enhance sensory motor integration; develop controlled movement (balance, strength, coordination); range from familiar to new and challenging; and help them learn physical games with rules and structure.

2D.03 Children have varied opportunities to develop competence in verbal and nonverbal communication by responding to questions; communicating needs, thoughts, and experiences; and describing things and events.

Children are provided varied opportunities and materials to collect data and to represent and document their findings, e.g. through drawing or graphing

2G.06 Children are provide varied opportunities and materials that encourage them to think, question and reason about observed and inferred phenomena.

2G.07 Children are provided varied opportunities and materials that encourage them to discuss scientific concepts in everyday conversation.

2G.08 Children are provided varied opportunities and materials that help them learn and use scientific terminology and vocabulary associated with the content areas.

2J.01 Children are provided varied opportunities to gain an appreciation of art, music, drama, and dance in ways that reflect cultural diversity.

Head Start Indicators

Scientific Knowledge

  • Expands knowledge of and abilities to observe, describe and discuss the natural world, materials, living things and natural processes.
  • Expands knowledge of and respect for their body and the environment.

Language Development

Listening and Understanding

  • Demonstrates increasing ability to attend to and understand conversations, stories, songs, and poems.
  • Shows progress in understanding and following simple and multiple-step directions.
  • Understands an increasingly complex and varied vocabulary.

Speaking and Communicating

  • Develops increasing abilities to understand and use language to communicate information, experiences, ideas, feelings, opinions, needs, questions and for other varied purposes.
Learning Objective

Your brain is responsible for everything you think, feel, see, hear, do, and remember.


In this activity, students play a guessing game during circle time. In this game, one student acts out a brain responsibility. The teacher documents class members’ guesses. (This activity may be done in small groups.) After doing this activity, students will be able to describe some of the functions and responsibilities of the brain.

What you will need

White board, black board, or butcher paper to post graphic organizer (see sample)
Markers or chalk
Space for circle time
Every Body Has a Brain soundtrack

Step by Step

Begin by listening to a song from Every Body Has a Brain soundtrack, ‘Your Brain Helping You’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg4WqdmoVTw

Song: Your Brain Helping You

In the song, students will hear some examples of the functions and responsibilities of the brain and what the brain helps them do.

Ask: Can you think of a way that you used your brain today?

Say: I want you to think of one example and then keep this idea secret, because we are going to play a guessing game.

Demonstrate: To help your students get the ideas, act out something that your brain helped you with. Example: seeing and greeting your students first thing in the morning.

Now, with the entire class in circle time, have one student act out something that he or she has said, felt, heard, done or remembered. Guide students in guessing.

On the board or chart paper, use a visual organizer to list the student suggestions under the appropriate heading. Ask students to help you place the ideas in the correct category or categories.

To Print

To extend this activity, ask students to interview parents about what they did during the day, and report back. You may wish to send the printed "My Brain Helped Me…" charts home.

Further Exploration

Use these songs from Every Body Has a Brain to explore more about the brain and its parts.


  • Every Body Has a Brain
  • Meet the Brain Team
  • Your Brain Helping You
  • You’re Always Using Your Brain
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