Did you know you have the power and the materials at your fingertips to facilitate the actual brain growth of students?
This book is a practical resource to engage K-6 students with STEAM content through their five senses: seeing, listening, touch/movement, smell and taste. It combines historical research, practical suggestions, and current practices on the stages of cognitive development and the brain’s physical response to emotion and novelty; to help you learn ways to transform ordinary lesson plans into novel and exciting opportunities for students to learn through instruction, exploration, inquiry, and discovery.
In addition to providing examples of sensory-rich unit plans, the authors take you through the step-by-step process on how to plan a thematic unit and break it down into daily seamless lesson plans that integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
With 25 themed STEAM unit plans and activities based on national standards, up-to-date research on brain science, and real classroom experience, this book shows multiple ways to develop and deliver active multisensory activities and wow your students with sights and sounds as soon as they come through the door of your classroom.
Part 1: How Teachers Can Promote the Physical Growth of Brains: The Role of the Senses in Teaching and Learning 1. The Brain and Sensory Learning 2. Serial Position Effect on Learning: Multisensory Sets and Closures 3. The Role of the Five Senses in Vocabulary Building 4. Thematic Planning for Teaching and Learning through the Senses Part 2: Problems and Pitfalls Planning Sensory-Rich STEAM Unit Plans 5. Rabbits and Hares 6. The Water Cycle 7. Nutrition and Health 8. Landforms 9. Astronomy and the Seasons 10. Problems and Pitfalls Planning Multisensory STEAM Unit Plans