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Bright Light Neuro: Brain Basics, Lesson 3 — What Makes Our Brains Unique?

  • Published19 Mar 2024
  • Source Bright Light Neuro

The goal of this lesson is to understand that brains are unique due to specific experiences and genetic factors.

Content Area:

  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Art

Standards (NGSS)

  • 3-LS4-4: Environmental Impacts on Organisms 
  • ESS2.E: Cause and Effect 

What Are We Learning?

Experience and genetics shape the brain.

Why Are We Learning This?

Brains are all unique because we all have unique experiences and unique genetic factors.


  • String, about 1 foot long
  • Tape, a few inches per group member
  • Pen
  • Blank paper

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Reference Bright Light Neuro’s Brain Basics Teaching Unit.


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