“Ectomy” (a game about the brain)


Purpose of the game:

To learn (or review) information about the lobes of the brain and what they do.  These lobes are: frontal, temporal, occipital, parietal, sensory cortex and motor cortex.

Description of game:

Each player tries to fill the brain outline with the appropriate lobe parts.  Players win parts by answering multiple choice questions.  This makes a great review activity if you have just been studying the brain, but it can also be played without a lot of study ahead of time because the answers are multiple choice and you can learn as you go along.

Target age group:

ages 9-13, but might also be used with high schoolers

Time needed to play:

about 30-45 minutes

Materials you will need:

Photocopies of pattern pages, copied onto card stock (the”base” pages that the pieces sit on can be colored into regular weight paper with a different color for each player)


This game is used as a review activity in “The Brain” curriculum.  The student text covers all the information needed for the game.

Click here to download “-Ectomy”

Would you like a lot more info and resources on the brain?  Check out the full curriculum in my store. The digital download is only $14.95. You get a full 10-chapter reproducible student text, plus a teacher’s section with extra game and activity ideas.  The curriculum also has its own YouTube playlist with lots of supplemental videos.  However, you can use this playlist without purchasing the curriculum.

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