The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! Resource Set

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The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! 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: All about Our Nervous System and More! 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
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Affixes (Latin & Greek Prefixes and Suffixes)
  • 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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CCSS Alignment
TEKS 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
  • Word Work: RF.4.3 RF.4.4
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
  • Asking Questions: 4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6I 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)
  • Determining Importance: 4.10A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)
  • Retelling & Summarizing: 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)
  • Synthesizing: 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)
  • Understanding Text Structure: 4.10B 4.10C 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6I 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9F
  • Word Work: 4.2A(iv) 4.2A(v) 4.2A(vi) 4.2B(i) 4.2B(iii) 4.2B(vii) 4.3D
  • Vocabulary: 4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F
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    The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! Resource Set

    Asking Questions with The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More!

    This mini lesson will guide students through how to ask questions before, during, and after reading a nonfiction text. Asking questions with The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! 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
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.13A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6I 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)

    Determining Importance with The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More!

    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
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.10A 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)

    Retelling and Summarizing with The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More!

    The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! 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
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6G 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)

    Synthesizing with The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More!

    In order for readers to more fully understand the information presented in The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More!, 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
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6E 4.6H 4.6I 4.7A 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii)

    Understanding Text Structure with The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More!

    Author Seymour Simon incorporates a variety of text structures into The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! 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
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.10B 4.10C 4.13C 4.13E 4.13H 4.1A 4.1C 4.6A 4.6B 4.6I 4.7B 4.7C 4.7D 4.7E 4.7F 4.7G 4.8A 4.9D(i) 4.9D(ii) 4.9D(iii) 4.9F

    The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! 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: All about Our Nervous System and More! Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! 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: All about Our Nervous System and More! by Seymour Simon. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! Word Work - Affixes (Latin & Greek Prefixes and Suffixes

    Make classroom reading time even more productive by using The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! to teach word study. This book is an excellent resource for teaching a phonics lesson about affixes (Latin & Greek Prefixes and Suffixes). To access these classroom-ready lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets, download this individual Word Work package or look for them in your Super Pack.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.4.3 RF.4.4
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.2A(iv) 4.2A(v) 4.2A(vi) 4.2B(i) 4.2B(iii) 4.2B(vii) 4.3D

    The Brain: Our Nervous System Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More!, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! 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
    TEKS Alignment:

    4.3A 4.3B 4.7E 4.7F

    TEKS Alignment

    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the The Brain: All about Our Nervous System and More! Resource Set.

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