the human body

Sense Organs: Eyes and Ears Mini-Lesson

Objective: Students will learn that the eye and ear serve as sense organs that collect information for the brain to interpret.

Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Reading Level: Upper Elementary

Teacher Background

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  1. A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  2. Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work. (Example: Do you think the caption "Eyes Forward" is a good one for the close up photo of the eye? Why or why not?)

Click the thumbnail slides below to see the captions and kid-friendly copy up close.

  1. Continue the Conversation: Ask students to discuss some ways that people protect their hearing and sight. (Examples may include sunglasses, goggles, ear plugs, etc.) Ask them to describe situations where they might have encountered sounds that were uncomfortably loud. Introduce the idea of "noise pollution" and ask them to discuss whether or not they think it's a serious issue that should be addressed.
  2. Write about it: Tell students to imagine that they are a writer trying to describe a scene at an amusement park. Ask them to write a brief description of what they are seeing and hearing. Encourage students to use very descriptive language so the reader feels like they are actually there.

Extension Activities

Reinforcements: These worksheets will be useful as you further develop your teaching unit. The Word Power worksheet will give your students vocabulary practice with key terms from this mini-lesson and the related activity will help reinforce key concepts on the human body.


Eyes and Ears Word Power
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to the eye and ear by using each defined word in a sentence.



Sensory Poems
Grade: 3 - 5
Students practice writing poetry using words related to the senses.



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