This lesson is a basic introduction to neuroscience that can be adapted for any elementary school class. Students learn that anyone can be a scientist, what neuroscience is, major regions and functions of the brain, how brains are similar and different depending on necessity of different animals, and that the building blocks of brains are neurons- in all animals. The lesson should emphasize interactive discussion about neuroscience and about animals’ brains.
Classes with an advanced understanding of neuroscience should skip introductions to neuroscience, but typically still enjoy comparing animal brains with advanced discussion, and making pipe cleaner neurons which can also incorporate advanced discussion. This lesson is an excellent as a first-visit to a class, to be followed by a more specialized lesson.