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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 disclaimer.

[A] Big Look at the Eye
A brief explanation designed for kids about the eye and how it functions.

Brain/Nervous System Theme Page
This CLN page has links to educational resources on the Brain/Nervous System for students who wish to explore further.

Cow's Eye Dissection
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.

Five Senses (SEDL)
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.

Five Senses (UtahLink)
This kindergarten curriculum unit from Utah contains background information for the teacher and 12 activities through which they can explore their senses.

[The] Five Senses: Sight
A three day teaching unit for grade 3 students. Students learn the parts of the eye and participate in two experiments.

How 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 Shockwave)

How We See: The First Steps of Human Vision
Background information on how we see plus a link to two activities for high school students.

Human 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.

Neuroscience for Kids
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 pages.

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.

Seeing, 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.
  • Breaking 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.
  • How 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.

Smile 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 about Perception
"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.

Your 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.

[The] Way the Eye Works
A concise description, but not for young students.

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