With so many children dealing with adverse conditions and trauma, this lesson is critical when teaching child development. The Brain & ACES Hyperdoc helps to understand the impact on a child’s development.
- Engage students by asking them to define the term adverse and write it in the text box on the hyperdoc.
- Write the acronym ACES on the board and ask if anyone knows what this represents. You will probably find that most students have no idea.
- Follow by having students use the provided resource titled, “What are ACES?” and complete the chart in the Explore section of the hyperdoc.
- Have students continue the Explore section by having them learn the purpose of the ACEs Quiz. Students can take the ACEs Quiz if they want, but I ask them to keep their results confidential.
- To conclude the Explore section, student watch a video titled, “How Toxic Stress Affects Us & What We Can Do About It“, complete a summary.
- iPads & Laptops
- Projector & Screen
- The Brain Architecture Game (optional)
- For the Explain section of the hyperdoc, students watch this ACE’s Vimeo or this EDPUZZLE to learn more about ACES and its impact on a child’s life, health and brain as they look for examples, risks, effects and coping skills. *Note the vimeo and edpuzzle are the same video, but I find that the vimeo can be hard to load–at least at my school.
- Students then view the Ted Talk by Nadine Burke Harris–“How childhood trauma affects health across a lifetime“, make a list of five important takeaways they learned.
- According to research, ACE’s can be prevented. In the Apply section, students research and describe 6 strategies via the internet. They must use at least two reliable sources and share theirr findings in their own words.
- For the final Reflect section of the hyperdoc, students are given a quote to analyze and explain. When finished, they turn in their hyperdoc via Google Classroom.
- Optional: If you have access to The Brain Architecture Game, this would be a great time to incorporate it into your lesson/unit to reinforce the concepts learned.
- Brain & ACES Hyperdoc (please make a copy)