The Brain: Our Nervous System Resource Set

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The Brain: Our Nervous System by Seymour Simon

Our brains function better than the world’s most powerful computers! This nonfiction text by an award-winning author, Seymour Simon, provides an overview of how our brains function and glimpse at what the various nervous system components look like. Assist your students in comprehending scientific information by using the mini lessons and resources focused on asking questions, determining importance, retelling, synthesizing, and understanding the text structure.

Teach with The Brain: Our Nervous System by Seymour Simon

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
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Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.4 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Determining Importance: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.7 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Retelling & Summarizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.3 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Synthesizing: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.3 RI.4.5 RI.4.6 RI.4.7 RI.4.9 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Understanding Text Structure: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.5 RI.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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    The Brain: Our Nervous System Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Brain: Our Nervous System

    This mini lesson will guide students through how to ask questions before, during, and after reading a nonfiction text. Asking questions with The Brain: Our Nervous System by Seymour Simon helps to ensure that the reader is understanding the scientific information presented by the author.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.4 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Determining Importance with The Brain: Our Nervous System

    The brain and nervous system are very complex. With the presentation of a large amount of scientific information, students will need to pay attention to vocabulary words and key facts to determine what is important for them to remember.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.7 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Brain: Our Nervous System

    The Brain: Our Nervous System is an ideal anchor text to use to build retelling and summarizing skills. Students will gain valuable practice using their own words to remember the important information presented in a nonfiction text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.3 RI.4.8 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Synthesizing with The Brain: Our Nervous System

    In order for readers to more fully understand the information presented in The Brain: Our Nervous System, they must learn how to add the new information to what they already know about the brain. Follow this synthesizing mini lesson to teach readers how to be metacognitive about the information they learn while reading this nonfiction text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.2 RI.4.3 RI.4.5 RI.4.6 RI.4.7 RI.4.9 RL.4.4 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    Understanding Text Structure with The Brain: Our Nervous System

    Author Seymour Simon incorporates a variety of text structures into The Brain: Our Nervous System. Use this mini lesson and set of student resources to help readers name and notice the key text structures used to explain the complex process of the brain.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RI.4.1 RI.4.10 RI.4.5 RI.4.7 SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 W.4.8 W.4.9

    The Brain: Our Nervous System Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    The Brain: Our Nervous System Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Brain: Our Nervous System. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, reader's notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with The Brain: Our Nervous System by Seymour Simon. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Brain: Our Nervous System Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Brain: Our Nervous System, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download The Brain: Our Nervous System Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

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