Messengers to the Brain: Our Fantastic Five Senses which is no longer in print -but has some great information and pictures. Used copies are available on Amazon cheap.
The starting point was to talk about the function of our ears. We had an ear model that I copied out of my book Science Pocket, which is no longer in print -but it's awesome if you ever see one out at a used bookstore or on e-Bay - grab it! Amazon has a few used copies available. I have used this book both times through cycle 3. It works great for making science based dot to dots and you can read more about that over at my post entitled: How to Create Science Based Dot to Dots. (Sorry to reference such old books. I guess that's what happens when you've homeschooled over 10 years. Aren't homeschooling Moms famous for never throwing away a good book?)
The ear model was printed onto card stock and then the kids cut it out, colored and then glued and folded it so it stood up. It created a stand up model of the ear with a cross section view of the inner ear. It had some good information about the ear that we cut out and glued onto the model front as well.
I am in the habit of using these small applesauce cups that I recycle for holding paint. That way I can just throw them away and not have to go through the mess of washing out used paint pallets. I had painted something else white, I intended to use, and when I went to throw away the used white paint stained applesauce cup, I saw a potential eye when it was upside down heading into the trash! So I changed gears and ditched what I had. That's how the eye model was born. (I get questions sometimes about how come some of the things I do on Wonderful Wednesdays are not in the WW Plan - this is why - when inspiration strikes, I go for it!)
I had the kids stuff the cup with cotton balls to make it white (paint would have been too messy and time consuming), then they were given black circles (for the pupil) to fit inside the cup's circular ledge, a straw for the optic nerve, colored markers to color the iris, red rubber bands to make the muscles, clear wax paper for the cornea and a piece of cardboard to use as their base to glue it down on and label it all. We hot glued the rubber bands, straw, and cup. The rest was stick or white glued on. I pre-made all the labels for the kids to just glue in place.
The first thing we did was play this game my special needs son adores, called Alphabet Mystery, sold as the Alphabet Feely Box on Amazon. The kids were blindfolded (or promised not to peek) and they would reach in, relying on their other sense of touch, only, and try to guess what it was that they had in their hand inside the box before bringing it out. They discovered that it can be difficult to guess what something is without the use of their eyes. They also discovered that the sense of feeling is important to understanding the world around us that we interact with every day.
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