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K-1: The Senses

Author(s): Barbara Tharp, MS, Michael Vu, MS, Delinda Mock, BA, Christopher Burnett, BA, and Nancy Moreno, PhD.

Hearing Detectors

Procedure: Part 2

Ask, Which sense enables you detect sounds? [Hearing] Follow by asking, What part of your body enables you to hear? Ask students to point to their hearing detectors. [Ears] Remind students that they have been learning about how all of our senses are all connected to . . . what? Hopefully, they will reply, “The brain!” 

Give each student a mirror with which to carefully observe his or her own ears. Students should then draw their ears in their notebooks. Or, have students observe and draw the ear of a partner.

Ask, Are your ears like those of other animals? Discuss. For instance, ask, What do rabbit ears look like? How do they compare to yours? Why do you think the ears of different animals are shaped differently, and are larger or smaller? Explain that ears are “sound catchers” that funnel sound into the ear canal.

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