What happens when I hurt my brain?

My brain is protected inside my skull by cerebrospinal fluid which acts as a shock absorber. This cushions the brain from damage caused by everyday bumps or knocks.
This cushioning is needed because, inside my skull, my brain is soft and squishy – like ripe avocado or warm butter. If my head is suddenly hit against something hard, the brain may be ‘bounced’ against the inside of my skull, and brain tissue can be stretched or bruised. In serious cases, the brain may even bleed.

How could my brain get an injury?
The most common causes of injury to the brain are:
• falling
• car accidents
• bicycle accidents
• sporting accidents (eg a rugby tackle, or being hit by a cricket ball)
• being struck or hit by another person
• illness (eg meningitis or seizures)
• lack of oxygen (near-drowning or suffocation)

How can a brain injury make me feel?
People with brain injuries can have many symptoms. They may include:
• headache
• vomiting
• tiredness
• loss of memory
• inability to concentrate
• moodiness / irritability
• changes in behaviour or personality
Other effects of an injury depend on the part of the brain that is damaged. For example, problems with hand/eye coordination may happen if a particular part of the parietal lobe (area of the brain just behind the top of the head) is injured.

How can I keep my brain safe?
There are things I can do to protect my brain from injury. They include:
• wearing helmets for activities such as riding a bike or skateboarding
• always wearing a seatbelt in a car
• being careful in high or dangerous places where there is a risk of falling

ACTIVITIES
This week we have 3 research tasks that you could complete;
1. Research and find five amazing facts about our brains?
2. Research into some of the medical conditions that can affect the brain?
3. Research the different parts of the brain and create a diagram to show these areas.

1. Who is the main person or group of people in this news article?

2. What was the key event from the news article?

3. Where did this event take place?

4. When did this event take place?

1. Find a quote from the main person in this news article?

2. In your own words describe what happened in this news article.

3. Find out where this event took place and include some information about this place.

4. Tell us when this event happened and explain what might happen in the future.

5. Explain in your own words why this event took place.

Current Events Web
Find the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why in the article to complete this worksheet.

I Think Because
Share what you think about the article and explain why.

My Questions
Write a question map about questions that you have after reading the article.

News Review
Give the news article you have read a review

KWL
Write what you KNOW about the topic in the article, what you would LIKE to find out and then what you have LEARNT.

Newspaper Bingo
Play newspaper bingo. Find a number of different articles to complete the grid.

Questions and Answers
Write a set of questions and then their answers after reading the article.

The Big Idea
Find the big idea by highlighting the 5 W’s and 1 H. then select 25 of key words associated with the article.

Word Investigation
Vocabulary exercise where students find key words within the article.

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silver
silver
2 years ago

Wow, that’s so cool I watched brain games last night and did you know our brains have a special part for sight

Gold
Gold
2 years ago

This is certainly true if u play rugby u need to be carefully but I play soccer small chance I could get it.

silver
silver
2 years ago

helmets are really cool and good for us

Quicksilver
Quicksilver
2 years ago

watch what if wild animals ate fast food
Soooooo funny

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

is this scientifically proven

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

very important to learn dis

caitlin
caitlin
2 years ago

so true

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

important to learn to keep our brains safe

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

You lose about 100 brain each time you’ve hit your head.

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 years ago

thats very helpful

denali
denali
2 years ago

wow

denali
denali
2 years ago

wow thats so cool and freaky

Cypress
Cypress
2 years ago

Wow hurting your head can resort to vomiting? I thought you could only vomit if you ate spoiled food / ate too much food

Zahra
Zahra
2 years ago

Interesting!! I would love to learn more about our body system 🙂.

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