Warm-up

Ode to the Brain! by Symphony of Science.mp4 - YouTube

Ode to the Brain! by Symphony of Science.mp4 – YouTube  (7:23) https://youtu.be/nrU2cch6hf4Symphony of Science: Video, song and music about the magic of the brain

 

Vocabulary

Vocabulary Word Groups - The Mind

Vocabulary Word Groups – The Mindhttp://esl.about.com/library/vocabulary/blwordgroups_mind.htmEnglish vocabulary about the mind and mental processes including verbs, nouns, adjectives as well as example sentences for context.

 

Lesson Plans

Sleep more! Your brain needs it! - ESL Brains - Your place for video-based English teaching materials

Sleep more! Your brain needs it! – ESL Brains – Your place for video-based English teaching materialshttp://eslbrains.com/sleep-more-your-brain-needs-it/The lesson is based on a short talk by Arianna Huffington where she discusses the importance of a well-rested mind and body. The worksheet includes various exercises on vocabulary and focuses on different uses of “used to”.

Language & The Brain - DreamreaderDreamreader

Language & The Brain – DreamreaderDreamreaderhttp://dreamreader.net/lesson/language-the-brain/ An incredible story with text, audio, video and quiz

 

Use It or Lose It

Use It or Lose Ithttps://webenglish.se/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/use_it.pdf
A downloadable text about the basics of the brain with Activities
NB! There is an English to Swedish glossary just to help students with Swedish as their mother tongue to understand the text.

 

What would happen if you didn’t sleep? - Claudia Aguirre | TED-Ed

What would happen if you didn’t sleep? – Claudia Aguirre | TED-Ed (4:34)http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-would-happen-if-you-didn-t-sleep-claudia-aguirreClaudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep. Comprehension and discussion questions

 

Headbanging - Breaking News English Lesson - ESL

Headbanging – Breaking News English Lesson – ESLhttp://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1407/140708-headbanging.htmlEnglish News Lessons: Free 26-Page lesson plan / 2-page mini-lesson – Headbanging – Handouts, online activities, speed reading, dictation, mp3… current events.

 

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Brain Power

Breaking News English ESL Lesson Plan on Brain Powerhttp://www.breakingnewsenglish.com/1205/120504-brain_power.htmlA reading/listening lesson plan with various activities

 

Reading

Brain Facts: 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Brain - ODDEE

Brain Facts: 10 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Brain – ODDEEhttp://www.oddee.com/item_98246.aspxThe mind is a terrible thing to waste. The human brain is the strangest, most unique organ in our body Pictures and short texts to learn about your brain

 

Listening

ESL Video Quiz: A Tale of Two Brains (10:38) A funny video with a comprehension quiz
Music and The Human Brain (12:43 or 15:15) A pod from VOA Learning English with two speeds. This is a Science in the News podcast

Podcast: Left Brain vs Right Brain – ESL Library Blog

Podcast: Left Brain vs Right Brain – ESL Library Blog (2:31) http://blog.esllibrary.com/2011/02/09/left-vs-right-brain/Do you prefer writing or drawing? Are you logical or intuitive? Which subject do you prefer, music or math? A short podcast from ESL Library

 

Viewing

7 "Facts" About The Brain That Are Not True - YouTube

7 “Facts” About The Brain That Are Not True – YouTube (1:51)https://youtu.be/C7_GYz6vAB0This is your brain on BS. Short animation, text with music, no narration.

This Is How Your Brain Grows - YouTube

This Is How Your Brain Grows – YouTube (3:21) https://youtu.be/aucscX191vQSo why is our brain in our head? Find out over on It’s Okay To Be Smart.

 

Your Brain is You: A Most Complex System (Part 1 of 6) - YouTube

Your Brain is You: A Most Complex System (Part 1 of 6) – YouTube (3:16)https://youtu.be/pLyrhD7kdFsThe human brain is profoundly complex and may never be entirely understood. Part 1 of 6

 

How the brain works - YouTube

How the brain works – YouTube (1:36) https://youtu.be/XSzsI5aGcK4?list=PL53nCCeNj-RQDhbjE9LjvnFad-wdB5bw7The Sentis Brain Animation Series takes you on a tour of the brain through a series of short and sharp animations. A playlist of 8 short (1-3 min) videos about the brain.

 

Teenage Brainhttps://www.facebook.com/uclabruins/videos/10154843685811923/Remembering the decisions we made as teens can often make us cringe. But neuroscientist Adriana Galván is learning that some of the most puzzling teenager behavior may actually have some real benefits.

Brain and Learning

How Youth Learn: Ned's GR8 8 - YouTube

How Youth Learn: Ned’s GR8 8 – YouTube (6:12)https://youtu.be/p_BskcXTqpMIf you’re a teenage speaker brought in to address a crowd of teachers on the subject of how you and your peers learn best . . . what are you going to say? “I…

How We Learn - Synapses and Neural Pathways - YouTube

How We Learn – Synapses and Neural Pathways – Vimeo (3:15) https://youtu.be/zZTdFgfxRY4This video provides a great basic understanding of the physiology of learning.

 

Born to Learn - YouTube

Born to Learn – YouTube (4:55) https://youtu.be/falHoOEUFz0Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries about the human brain.

 

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains - YouTube

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains – YouTube (3:53)https://youtu.be/cKaWJ72x1rIMost of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us.

Brain and Memory

The Upside of Forgetting - YouTube

The Upside of Forgetting – YouTube (3:21) https://youtu.be/e5zH4N3ohR0Why we forget things and how there’s a silver lining. What was I talking about?

 

The Nature of Memory - YouTube

The Nature of Memory – YouTube  (6:40) https://youtu.be/zDwa4FI7wEQInteresting but a bit of Information Overload. Watch in bits?

 

Brain Studies

What happens when you remove the hippocampus? - Sam Kean - YouTube

What happens when you remove the hippocampus? – Sam Kean – YouTube (5:25)https://youtu.be/KkaXNvzE4pkTEDEd-talk. The story of H.M., whose brain was studied over 100 times

 

Brain and Languages

 Fördelarna med en tvåspråkig hjärna - Mia Nacamulli - YouTube

The benefits of bilingual brain – Mia Nacamulli – YouTube (5:03) https://youtu.be/MMmOLN5zBLYTEDEd-talk. Mia Nacamulli shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, complex and actively engaged

 

How Your Brain Learns a New Language - YouTube

How Your Brain Learns a New Language – YouTube  (2:29)https://youtu.be/GLAMS7OloEMDiscover the true way your brain learns a new language, and what you can do to make learning any language incredibly easy and effortless.

 

Bilingual Brains are Better - YouTube

Bilingual Brains are Better – YouTube (4:01) https://youtu.be/yyBrO2bsLfgBeing bi-lingual can drastically alter your life… and we don’t just mean being able to order from a menu when visiting a foreign country!

 

The "Brain Dictionary": Beautiful 3D Map Shows How Different Brain Areas Respond to Hearing Different Words | Open Culture

The “Brain Dictionary”: Beautiful 3D Map Shows How Different Brain Areas Respond to Hearing Different Words | Open Culture (3:19) http://www.openculture.com/2016/04/the-brain-dictionary.html We’ve all had those moments of struggle to come up with le mot juste, in our native language or a foreign one. But when we look for a particular word, where exactly do we go to find it?

 

Brain and Food

How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena - YouTube

How sugar affects the brain – Nicole Avena – YouTube (5:02) https://youtu.be/lEXBxijQREoTEDEd-talk. When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice.

 

Brain and Feelings

Inside Out - ALL Clips (Sneak Peek) - YouTube

Inside Out – ALL Clips (Sneak Peek) – YouTube (9:37)https://youtu.be/8Cn1pYnAZSEWatch all of your favorite clips of Inside Out the movie.

Emotions and the Brain - YouTube

Emotions and the Brain – YouTube (2:02)https://youtu.be/xNY0AAUtH3gWhat is happening in our brains as we experience emotions

 

A Very Happy Brain - YouTube

A Very Happy Brain – YouTube (4:23) https://youtu.be/GZZ0zpUQhBQThis is the story of how Broody, a very unhappy brain, became very happy. (Warning: partly read by a child, in rhyme!)

 

Brain and Social Media

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains - YouTube

What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains – YouTube (3:53)https://youtu.be/cKaWJ72x1rIMost of us are on the Internet on a daily basis and whether we like it or not, the Internet is affecting us. It changes how we think and how we work.

 

5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now - YouTube

5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now – YouTube (3:15)https://youtu.be/HffWFd_6bJ0Your brain may never be the same! (Warning: fast speech, choose .75 speed)

Brain and Sleep

Amazing Effects of Sleep (And Lack of it) - YouTube

Amazing Effects of Sleep (And Lack of it) – YouTube (3:58) https://youtu.be/ZPpvS9wDOcAHow our knowledge about sleep deprivation has changed in 15 years

 

Brain Experiments

The Backwards Brain Bicycle - Smarter Every Day 133 - YouTube

The Backwards Brain Bicycle – Smarter Every Day 133 – YouTube (7:57)https://youtu.be/MFzDaBzBlL0What happens when you unlearn and relearn an ability like riding a bike?

Brain Tricks - This Is How Your Brain Works - YouTube

Brain Tricks – This Is How Your Brain Works – YouTube (4:40) https://youtu.be/JiTz2i4VHFwThe difference between your slow brain and your fast brain

 

Wayne Dyer - An Experiment - YouTube

How your thoughts affect your strength

 

Special Interest

BBC DOCUMENTARY 2015 Human Brain How Smart Can We Get Documentary - Dailymotion Video

BBC DOCUMENTARY 2015 Human Brain How Smart Can We Get Documentary – Dailymotion Video (52:42) http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3bkrgd_bbc-documentary-2015-human-brain-how-smart-can-we-get-documentary_techScience&Technology 4U BBC Science Documentary

 

The Brain with David Eagleman: What Is Reality - BBC Documentary 2016 - YouTube

The Brain with David Eagleman: What Is Reality – BBC Documentary 2016 – YouTube (56:44)https://youtu.be/3MSw2irv0-APart 1 in a series that explores how the brain conjures up the rich and beautiful world

 

Speaking

ESL Conversation Questions - Brains

ESL Conversation Questions – Brainshttp://www.eslconversationquestions.com/brains/Questions to discuss in pairs, groups or in class from ESL Conversation Questions

 

ESL Discussions: Conversation Questions: Speaking Lesson: Brain

ESL Discussions: Conversation Questions: Speaking Lesson: Brainhttp://www.esldiscussions.com/b/brain.htmlQuestions to discuss in pairs, groups or in class from ESL Discussions.com

 

Lateral Thinking Puzzles - Preconceptions

Lateral Thinking Puzzles – Preconceptionshttp://www.folj.com/lateral/Warning: Solutions are currently displayed. To hide and show the solutions as desired, enable javascript on your browser

 

Brain Food: Realistic Lateral Thinking Puzzles

Brain Food: Realistic Lateral Thinking Puzzleshttp://www.rinkworks.com/brainfood/p/latreal1.shtmlLateral Thinking Puzzles, unlike most puzzles, are inexact. In each puzzle, some clues to a scenario are given.

 

Brain Games

Can you solve these 7 brain teasers? - Daily Genius

Can you solve these 7 brain teasers? – Daily Geniushttp://dailygenius.com/can-solve-7-brain-teasers/An appetiser of brain teasers to solve. The answers lie below on each picture.

 

Scientifically Developed Intellectual Brain Training Skills | RaiseYourIQ

Scientifically Developed Intellectual Brain Training Skills | RaiseYourIQhttp://raiseyouriq.com/blog/brain-training-free-lessonsScientifically developed behavioral training that is proven to raise intelligence and IQ by over 20 points in many cases.

 

Brain Games & Brain Training - Lumosity

Brain Games & Brain Training – Lumosityhttps://www.lumosity.com/landing_pages/970?gclid=CPaDiLnE7pACFQppQgodplik0wTake the Fit Test to get your baseline scores on 3 games. Create a free account and start exercising your brain.

Brainteasers worksheets Downloadable worksheets with quizzes and mind puzzles

Brain Discovery A Grammar Quiz made from a news text, 1:1 or IWB

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