Training minds to stretch and grow

Students learn that the brain continually creates new neural pathways and alters existing ones in order to adapt to new experiences, learn new information and create new memories.

Year Level



60 minutes


  • In class activity

SEL Competencies

  • Self-awareness
  • Self-management
  • Social awareness

Learning Intention

  • Students develop an understanding of the long-lasting functional changes in the brain that occur when we learn new things or memorise new information.

Key Outcomes

By the end of this lesson, students will understand that:

  • the brain strengthens and grows with use
  • learning and practising challenging tasks helps the brain to form new connections and to grow.

Activity 01

Content review: Parts of the brain 10 min

  1. Divide the class into small groups.
  2. Instruct students to use one piece of A3 paper and a box of coloured pens to draw and label the functions of the brain.
  3. Ask students to share their drawings with the class.