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Unraveling the Puzzle of the Human Brain

Christy Clanton
Bay District Schools


Unraveling the puzzle of the human brain carries the students on a journey to visit each of the lobes of the brain and the multiple intelligence housed there.


The student understands the functions of the human body systems.


- Software such as Sierra's The Lost Mind of Doctor Brain
- Large screen TV/Computer presentation model or signal converter connecting the computer to the television
- Student brain puzzle record sheets
- Pencils
- Individual computer stations with software pre-loaded


1. Set up large screen TV/Computer presentation model with pre-loaded software such as The Lost Mind of Doctor Brain.

2. Pre-load software on individual computer stations. Preview the software for content and appropriateness for your students.

3. Duplicate student brain puzzle record sheets.


1. Present the introduction segment of a program like The Lost Mind of Doctor Brain to the entire class in a whole group format, utilizing the large screen TV/Computer presentation model. When the audience is invited to enter a new game, type in -Class- for the playerıs name. Then the introduction will continue. Demonstrate to the class how to click on each of the brain lobes and how to maneuver back to the brain puzzle area.

2. After the introduction is complete, give each student a copy of the record sheet, which is a replica of the Brain Puzzle found in the software. Each student will rotate to the computer station to experience five of the brainıs modes or puzzle areas. After experiencing that area, they will record a written response to explain the brainıs function in each mode, or what they did in that puzzle area.

3. Students will experience one brain lobe puzzle area a day, with the entire project taking each student five days to complete.


Teachers can read the studentıs brain puzzle record sheet to assess for accuracy in understanding five of the seven different multiple intelligence functions of the brain as one of the human bodyıs elaborate systems.These multiple intelligences include:

-verbal/linguistic (reading instructions carefully, asking yourself questions about the task, rephrasing problems in your own words, writing out what you have learned, etc.)

-logical/mathematical (analyzing the problem into parts, listing steps to take, comparing and contrasting, making analogies, making flow charts/timelines/graphs, listing key ideas,etc.)

-visual/spatial (making mindmaps showing connected ideas, making diagrams/charts/sketches/models, underlining or highlighting key ideas in color, creating vivid or exaggerated mental images, etc.)

-bodily/kinesthetic (letting your fingers work on the problem, walking around or dance out the problem, role playing or acting out the problem, making a physical model or experiment, etc.)

-musical (playing quiet background music for problem-solving, making up a song, rap, or jingle with key points, singing or chanting, dancing out the problem, etc.)

-interpersonal (discussing the problem with a person or group, presenting it to an imaginary audience, working out the solution collaboratively with others, working with a mentor, etc.)

-intrapersonal (setting goals and making plans, identifying what you already know about the task, spending quiet time reflecting before you start, checking on how you are doing and self-correcting, frequently reviewing what you have learned, etc.)
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