Grade Range
Kindergarten-8th
Active Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Credits

Overview

Owl eyes

"Eye in You" © 2015 Mike Cofrancesco

Why do humans have two eyes?

In this simple activity students will discover the concept of parallax and start discussing depth perception.

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction. [Clarification Statement: Examples of structures could include thorns, stems, roots, colored petals, heart, stomach, lung, brain, and skin.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to macroscopic structures within plant and animal systems.]
  • 4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on systems of information transfer.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include the mechanisms by which the brain stores and recalls information or the mechanisms of how sensory receptors function.]
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Constructing Explanations.
K-2: Make observations (first-hand or from media) to construct an evidence-based account for natural phenomena.

3-5: Use evidence (e.g., measurements, observations, patterns) to construct or support an explanation.

6-8: Apply scientific ideas, principles, and/or evidence to construct, revise, and/or use an explanation for real-world phenomena.
1.LS1.A: Structure and Function. All organisms have external parts. Different animals use their body parts in different ways to see, hear, grasp objects, protect themselves, move from place to place, and seek, find, and take in food, water and air.

1.LS1.D: Information Processing. Animals have body parts that capture and convey different kinds of information needed for growth and survival.

4.LS1.A: Structure and Function. Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.

4.LS1.D: Information Processing. Different sense receptors are specialized for particular kinds of information, which may be then processed by the animal's brain.
Structure and Function.
K-2: Students observe the shape and stability of structures of natural and designed objects are related to their function(s).

6-8: Students analyze many complex natural and designed structures and systems to determine how they function.

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Grade Range
Kindergarten-8th
Active Time
10 minutes
Total Time
15 minutes
Credits
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