Each sense in this unit will be covered in somewhat the same way. We will start by investigating the students’ own senses and eliciting a vocabulary from them. Then we’ll go on to scientific diagrams, vocabulary and experiments. Next we’ll consider what it would be like to be missing that particular sense, and finally how various animals use their senses.
There are diagrams at the end of this unit which accompany various activities. In addition there is a learning package at the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute which contains 30 copies of various readings for the unit. (telephone number: 436-3316) There are also 30 magnifying glasses and 15 penlights at the Institute which are needed for experiments.
Since so much emphasis in this unit is placed on writing, each student should ideally have a notebook to be used only for biology.