Objective: Children will learn about the sense of sight and will discover how what they see affects what they do.‹ Return to Theme
Note: Prior to beginning the lesson, smear the petroleum jelly on the exterior lens of the goggles. Caution the children that, prior to putting the goggles on, the goggles may make them feel dizzy. If this is the case, tell the children to remove the goggles and participate in the activity with their eyes closed.
The sense of sight is one of our five senses: smell, taste, touch, hearing, and sight. We use our eyes to see and our brain to process what we see. The brain is like a computer that helps us think and make judgments. The brain processes all the information and experiences coming from all of our senses and tells us how to react. When we use our eyes to look at something, our brain recognizes what it is and tells us what to do with it. For instance, if we see a ball, our brain recognizes it as a ball. Similarly, when we taste something, our brain recognizes the flavor and tells us what it is. If it is pleasant, we can chew and swallow; if it is not pleasant, our brain will tell us to spit it out. Different parts of our brain control different parts of our bodies. The brain is the central organ in the body that controls all of our functions.
The brain controls how we move and how we see. For instance, when our eyes see something, the information is sent to the brain. The brain then processes what was sent by the eyes and tells us what to do. When we confuse our eyes, our brains get confused, too. This is why we had so much trouble picking up the ball while wearing the goofy goggles.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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