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Lesson Plan Template

School Counselor: Katrina Brekke Date: 3/5/2018

Activity: Brain Information Review + Identifying Emotions in Self and Others
Grade(s): K,1,2
ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors (Domain/Standard):
Mindset: 1. Belief in development of whole self, including a healthy balance of mental, 
social/emotional and physical well-being 
Behavior: Self Management Skills: 7. Demonstrate effective coping skills when faced 
with a problem 10. Demonstrate ability to manage transitions and ability to adapt to 
changing situations and responsibilities 
Social Skills: 1. Use effective oral and written communication skills and listening skills 
2. Create positive and supportive relationships with other students 
4. Demonstrate empathy 
9. Demonstrate social maturity and behaviors appropriate to the situation and 
Learning Objective(s) (aligns with Competency):
1. Identify the role of the prefrontal cortex and amygdala and hippocampus  
2. Identify how the PFC, amygdala, and hippocampus react when strong emotions 
Brain Box
Fantastic Elastic Brain

1. Welcome students and review last lessons topic. 
2. Bring out the brain box to describe what the amygdala does and what the PFC 
does. Refer to Unit 3 Lesson 2 teacher script to describe.  
3. Give a few examples of what the amygdala may do if we encounter different 
situations (teacher script) (ex. what will the amygdala do if we see a car coming 
when we are walking down the street?). Who’s in charge? Let students know 
there are good time for the amygdala to be in charge. 
4. Move onto the PFC, or the thinking part of your brain. It’s active when we are 
calm but not when we are stressed or angry. The PFC is like having a wise owl 
sitting on your shoulder helping you make great choices, but when we get 
stressed or angry or have big feelings it’s like our owl flies away.  
5. Hippocampus description (refer to teacher script) - the file cabinet of the brain. It 
stores all our memories and important information. The hippocampus is closed 
when the PFC is “flipped off” 
6. Read Little Penguin Calms Down  
7. Have students complete the what do the parts of my brain do activity  
Process Data: Three Kindergarten classrooms, four 1st grade classrooms, and four 2nd
grade classrooms participated in the lesson for a total of 250 students. The lesson was
around a half hour.  
Perception Data:
Completion of the parts of my brain activity and participation in discussion.   
Outcome Data:
Monitor SWIS data throughout the year. Teacher referrals.