The Human Body's Senses: Sight 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 sight Please read our
Big Look at the Eye
- A brief explanation designed for kids about the eye and how it functions.
System Theme Page
- This CLN page has links to educational resources on the Brain/Nervous System
for students who wish to explore further.
- The Exploratorium offers an on-line (or downloadable) step-by-step guide
(with magnifiable pictures) to dissecting a cow's eye. A separate section
contains hints and tips which enhance the value of the site. There's also
a glossary of terms and a small stand-alone software program (Cow's Eye Primer)
which allows students to test their knowledge of the parts of the eye.
- 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 2, students learn
that their sense of sight helps them to recognize each other. They also learn
about color, motion and distance.
- This kindergarten curriculum unit from Utah contains background information
for the teacher and 12 activities through which they can explore their senses.
Five Senses: Sight
- A three day teaching unit for grade 3 students. Students learn the parts
of the eye and participate in two experiments.
the Body Works: The Eye
- A small animated illustration showing how parts of your eye work together
in order to send a signal to your brain so you can see the image. (Requires
We See: The First Steps of Human Vision
- Background information on how we see plus a link to two activities for
high school students.
Body: Sense Unit: Sight
- A lesson plan for upper elementary students which has a hands-on activity
to help students develop a sense of how the brain combines two images. The
lesson is part of the BCTF Daybook.
- This very extensive neuroscience site has five pages for kids that address
various elements of the subject of vision. If you're interested in the main
site, use the link above; otherwise, the following links go to the vision-related
- PARTS OF THE EYE LESSON PLAN
- Lesson plans where students will state what the five senses are, label the parts of the eye, explain how each part of the eye functions, and understand the importance of each of the five senses.
Hearing and Smelling the World
- The goal of this site is to help high school students understand how the
brain and other body senses work together. The above link is to their main
page. Below are links to specific explanations on elements of sight.
the Code of Color
Four articles describing color interpretation:
How Do We See Colors;
Red, Green, and Blue Cones;
Color Blindness: More Prevalent Among Males; Judging a Color.
We See Things That Move
Three articles discussing what we do in order to see motion:
The Strange Symptoms of Blindness to Motion;
A Hot Spot in the Brain's Motion Pathway;
Integrating Information About Movement.
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.
- "Snacks" from the Exploratorium are miniature science exhibit that teachers
could make using common, inexpensive, easily available materials. This set
of over 30 activities focus on perceptions and how we see.
Guide to Better Health: The Eye
- Designed for upper elementary students, this page illustrates a cut-away
of the eye with labels to the many parts and provides a small description
of how we see an object.
Way the Eye Works
- A concise description, but not for young students.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content in the Sense of Sight. 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.