Our senses are SENSATIONAL! They help us collect information about the world around us, as well as about ourselves. In this 7 week mini-course, we will use lots of hands-on activities, experiments, video, audio and text lessons, fun facts, frequent learning checks, games and more to learn about the five senses. We will learn about the structure of the eye, and how it works with the brain to help us see. We will become familiar with the internal and external structures of the ears and nose, and learn how they help us hear, stay balanced and smell things. We will learn about the many structures throughout the body that help us feel the things we come into contact with. And we will learn about taste buds, so come to class with an appetite!
A typical Sensational Senses week will include a live class at 11am EST on Wednesday. In this class, we review content from the previous week using review questions and games, and we go over anything for which students need additional support. Although it is always best if students attend the live classes, I will post the recording of the class so that students who can’t attend can watch later. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays focus on new content. Students read the lesson, listen to audio, watch any videos, and do some experiments and activities or watch videos of the experiments and activities. I use a lot of audio and video recordings to help students learn the correct pronunciation of new terms as well as to reinforce content. Most lessons end with a learning check to see how well the student understood the content. Students should try to do as many of the experiments/activities as possible, since science is best learned by doing. Most students report spending about 30 minutes per day on the lessons.
Week 1 – Introduction to the nervous system and the senses
Weeks 2 – Vision: Structure and function of the eyeball and structures around the eyeball
Week 3 – Sense of Hearing: Structure and function of the inside and outside of the ear
Week 4- Sense of Smell: Structure and function of the inside and outside of the nose
Week 5 – Sense of Taste: Structure and function of the sense organs associated with taste
Week 6 – Sense of Touch: Structure and function of the sense organs associated with touch
Week 7 – Putting it All Together – Balance, animal senses and how our senses work together
Who should enroll?
This course is for all students in grades 4 – 8 who are curious, like active, hands-on learning, and want to know more about the ways they sense and interact with the world.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Evaluation and Feedback
I use “learning checks” at the end of most lessons to assure both the student and the teacher that students understand the concepts presented in the lessons. Many of the learning checks are automatically graded by the computer. For the essay questions and projects, I generally grade every day, sending feedback to the students to help them understand questions they may have missed.
I welcome any and all communication from students and parents. I want to partner with you in your student’s education, so if at any time you have questions or concerns, my virtual door is open.