The Human Body's Senses: Hearing Theme Page
Here are a number of links to Internet sites which contain information and/or
other links related to the specific theme of the body's sense of hearing. Please
read our disclaimer.
System Theme Page
- This CLN page has links to educational resources on the Brain/Nervous System
for students who wish to explore further.
- A brief explanation, interesting tidbits, and about a dozen hearing experiments/activities
for K-12 students.
- This teaching unit has seven lesson plans through which K-1 students learn
about their senses within mathematics, science and language learning activities.
Background information for the teacher is included in each lesson. Lessons
1 and 7 are introductory and culminating lessons. In lesson 3, students learn
that their sense of hearing helps them learn from each other through communication.
They also learn that sound can produce patterns.
- This kindergarten curriculum unit from Utah contains background information
for the teacher and 12 activities through which students can explore their
Five Senses - Hearing
- A three day teaching unit for grade 3 students on hearing.
Health: Quick Time Movie
- A brief, Quicktime animated movie explaining how the ear works. Content
is delivered both textually and orally.
We Perceive Sound: The Ear
- A site with descriptive information about the three components of the ear:
The Outer Ear, The Middle Ear and The Inner Ear. The content is written for
high school students.
Your Ear Works
- A small animated illustration showing how parts of your ear work together
in order to send a signal to your brain so you can hear a sound. (Requires
Anatomy On-line Animations: Ear
- An animated cut-away view of the human ear along with a brief explanation
(that opens up as a separate page). Java required.
Body: Senses Unit: Hearing
- Written for upper elementary students, this lesson plan uses a coat hanger
to help students understand how a whale hears. The lesson is part of the BCTF
Incredible Sense of Hearing
- This site features detailed diagrams of the elements of hearing. For high
school students only.
Interactive Anatomy of the Ear
- A self-guided interactive tour that shows and explains the parts and functions
of the ear. Shockwave is required. Note: The language of the site, although
delivered orally, is at too high a level for young students.
Hearing and Smelling the World
- The goal of this site is to help high school students understand how the
brain and senses work together. The following links will lead students to
information about the sense of hearing:
a Mouse by Its Sound
These articles describe:
A Brain Map of Auditory Space;
The Value of Having Two Ears;
Bat Sounds and Human Speech.
Quivering Bundles that Let Us Hear
These articles discuss the following topics:
Signals From a Hair Cell;
The Goal: Extreme Sensitivity and Speed;
Tip Links Pull Up the Gates of Ion Channels.
Program Biology Index
- Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative
for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept
lesson plan. This database has 60 lesson plans in the section on Anatomy &
Physiology that deal directly with the human body's senses and systems. Caution:
Since there is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database,
the detail and quality of the lesson plans will vary.
Tour of the Ear: Hearing Mechanism
- This site has identified more than 75 components to the human hearing mechanism
and categorized them under Outer Ear, Middle Ear, Inner Ear, Auditory Nerve,
and Central Auditory Pathway. Each category has links to one or more external
web sites that provide detailed information (e.g., descriptions, diagrams,
photographs) of that specific element within our hearing mechanism (e.g.,
ossicles, auditory nerve, outerhair cells). From this page, you can also access
a similar virtual tour on hearing disorders.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content in the sense of hearing. For other resources in Science (e.g., curricular content in Earth Science, General Science, Life Science, or Physical Science), or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.