The Brain: Discover the Universe Inside Your Head
by Carla Mooney, Illustrated by Tom Casteel
128 pages, grades 7-9
Nomad Press, 2015
We all have them. We use them to know when and what to eat, to make decisions both large and small, to sense who to trust and who to stay away from, and to recognize pain and react accordingly.
Brains! That three-pound lump of grayish matter can do things that no other animal or machine can do. Without your brain, you would not be alive. Your brain regulates your heartbeat, blood pressure, and breathing. It tells you when to eat, drink, and sleep. Your brain also makes you the person that you are. It guides and directs your actions and behavior. Your brain controls how you feel, perceive, and think about the world around you. That’s a pretty huge job.
In The Brain: Discover the Universe Inside Your Head, kids learn about the structure and function of the brain, how it develops as a person ages, and how we use our brains to form memories, develop language, feel emotion, and sense the world around us. A whole chapter is dedicated to ideas on how to keep brains healthy and how unhealthy habits, such as not eating well or using drugs, can affect your brain for the worse.
Readers 12 to 15 will appreciate the hands-on projects, including building a model of a brain and performing memory tests. Lots of STEM connections make this book perfect for both home and classroom!
Try this activity to see how neurotransmission works!
It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
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