Human eye
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Sense Organs: An Introduction

Hands-on activity to study human sense organs, including the eye, the ear, and skin.

As I teach the structures of the nervous system, I have found it useful to utilize significantly oversized models during instruction to provide accurate description of the sense organs. This activity is an introduction to the sense organs.


Review each student’s eye condition so that you will be able to describe how the eye condition effects the eye while you are teaching the structures of the eye to the class.


I like to use oversized models of the sense organs (available through 3B Scientific). If at all possible, provide these models for students as you study the sense organs.


After initial instruction on the main function of the nervous system including the brain and the spinal cord, the sense organs can be introduced in this manner.

NGSS Standards

High School: Structure and Function:

LS1A: Structure and Function:Multicellular organisms have a hierarchical structural organization, in which any one system is made up of numerous parts and is itself a component of the next level. (HS-LS1-2)

Middle School: Structure, Function, and Information Processing:
LS1A: In multicellular organisms, the body is a system of multiple interacting subsystems. These subsystems are groups of cells that work together to form tissues and organs that are specialized for particular body functions. (MS-LS1-3)

By Laura Hospitál

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