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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 3–5 and include topics such as word selection, poetry, reading fluency, geometry, negative numbers, modes of exchange, animal habits, clouds, 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 6-8
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.