What's In My Brain Lessons

These lessons are based on the Concept Attainment model from Jerome Bruner. We ask students to look for patterns and decide why items are grouped into two different categories. *A Byrdseed favorite!*

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What’s In My Brain: Cute Baby vs Fast Cheetah

What’s In My Brain: Cute Baby vs Fast Cheetah

Can your students puzzle out the differences in these types of figurative language - without any instruction!?

Run On or Not? – Concept Attainment

Run On or Not? – Concept Attainment

Can your students puzzle out the differences in these sentences - without any instruction!?

Concept Attainment: Walnut vs Clouds

Concept Attainment: Walnut vs Clouds

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to arrive at the topic of living vs non-living things.

Concept Attainment: Hornet vs Tiger

Concept Attainment: Hornet vs Tiger

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to arrive at the topic of invertebrates vs vertebrates.

Concept Attainment: Conductors

Concept Attainment: Conductors

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of electrical conductors!

Simple or Compound Sentences – Concept Attainment

Simple or Compound Sentences – Concept Attainment

Can your students puzzle out the differences in these two types of sentences - without any instruction!?

Complex or Compound – Concept Attainment

Complex or Compound – Concept Attainment

Can your students puzzle out the difference between these two types of sentences without any instruction!?

What’s In My Brain: Trapezoids or Not?

What’s In My Brain: Trapezoids or Not?

What's the deal with these four sided polygons?

What’s In My Brain – Independent vs Dependent

What’s In My Brain – Independent vs Dependent

What makes these clauses different?

What’s In My Brain: Owl vs Eagle

What’s In My Brain: Owl vs Eagle

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of nocturnal vs diurnal animals.

Concept Attainment: Art

Concept Attainment: Art

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of cubism.

Writing Concept Attainment Lessons

Writing Concept Attainment Lessons

For Teachers

In a Concept Attainment lesson, we give students examples and non-examples of a concept -- without telling them what that concept is!

Concept Attainment: Japan vs Jamaica

Concept Attainment: Japan vs Jamaica

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of archipelagos.

What’s In My Brain: Pentagon vs Pentagon

What’s In My Brain: Pentagon vs Pentagon

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of regular polygons.

What’s In My Brain: May vs May

What’s In My Brain: May vs May

Students will determine when "may" is used for possibility and when it's used for permission.

What’s In My Brain – The Park vs The Museum

What’s In My Brain – The Park vs The Museum

Can students figure out the differences between sentences with past progressive and simple past tenses using the concept attainment model?

What’s In My Brain: Austin vs Los Angeles

What’s In My Brain: Austin vs Los Angeles

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of capital cities.

What’s In My Brain: Painting vs Painting

What’s In My Brain: Painting vs Painting

Can the concept attainment model make transitive and intransitive verbs interesting? In my experience, it sure can!

What’s In My Brain: Crocodile vs Tree Frog

What’s In My Brain: Crocodile vs Tree Frog

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Reptiles vs Amphibians.

Progressive or Simple Tenses – Concept Attainment

Progressive or Simple Tenses – Concept Attainment

Can your students puzzle out the differences between these two tenses - without any instruction!?

What’s In My Brain: Coral vs Water Lilies

What’s In My Brain: Coral vs Water Lilies

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Saltwater vs Freshwater Organisms.

What’s In My Brain: Narwhal vs Penguin

What’s In My Brain: Narwhal vs Penguin

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Arctic vs Antarctic.

What’s In My Brain: Ball vs Book

What’s In My Brain: Ball vs Book

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Kinetic vs Potential Energy.

What’s In My Brain: Tree vs Tree

What’s In My Brain: Tree vs Tree

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Deciduous vs Coniferous.

What’s In My Brain: Italy vs Normandy

What’s In My Brain: Italy vs Normandy

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Countries vs Smaller Regions.

What’s In My Brain: Spain vs Germany

What’s In My Brain: Spain vs Germany

Students will be working with examples and non-examples to deduce the topic of Spain vs Germany.