Grade: 3-5
Subject: Special Ed

#4483. Sense of Hearing

Special Ed, level: 3-5
Posted Wed Nov 17 19:46:53 PST 2010 by Melissa Gersdorf (Melissa Gersdorf).
About Me and the 5 Senses
Springville, USA
Materials Required: see lesson plan below
Activity Time: 45-60 minutes
Concepts Taught: Science Vocabulary, Listening Social Skill, Writing a Summarys

Make a graphic organizer on chart paper that pulls together all the information you've been teaching. The central square is the human body with five sub-categories surrounding it being 1) the four internal senses, 2) the five external senses, 3) the body's needs and wants, and 4) parts of the body. Then, have students provide the details for each of the sub-categories. You could split the parts of the body sub-category into further sub-categories if you've been working on sorting internal versus external, trunk versus limbs, upper versus lower and so forth. Either give the students a copy already filled out to add to their notebooks or have them fill in their copy as you write their answers on the board depending on their level.

1. Sense of hearing.
2. Parts of the ear and the path the sound waves take to get to the brain. Remind students of the internal sense of balance and how it relates to the middle ear.
3. If needed, talk about the social skill of listening in class or conversation. Show an example and a non-example.
4. Problems that may affect hearing- hard of hearing or deaf, hearing aids, cochlear implants, TTY, sign language, closed captioning, etc. (You could invite the district specialist to present this information.)
5. Ear safety -- volume and headphones/ear buds, putting things in your ear

1. Role play the listening social skill, if your class needs it. Videotape it to use as a review activity.
2. Sort pictures of sounds into loud or quiet volumes.
3. Go outside and listen for a few minutes. Name sounds you hear.
4. Play one room blindfolded hide and seek. One person is blindfolded and has to locate other players by sound alone. The blindfolded one can physically tag or accurately describe the location of a person to pass on their turn.
5. Borrow some instruments from the music teacher and play loud and quiet.
6. Play samples of a variety of different genres of music. Discuss what is liked and disliked about each example.

Science notebook:
Mid to Upper level: Draw or glue in a drawing of the ear and label the parts. Write a few sentences about the sense of hearing and safety.
Basic level: Trace a sentence about hearing a favorite or hated sound. Circle or highlight the ears on a picture of a person glued into the notebook.

Recommended materials: all about the ear, has simplified terms as well as the medical terms

Expanded Songs in Sign by S. Harold Collins from the "Beginning Sign Language Series The book contains eleven common American songs in signed English. Some examples are "She'll be coming 'round the mountain" and "Row, row, row your boat."

Perk Up Your Ears by Vicki Cobb This book contains information on the parts of the ear, how the ear works, safe volumes for the ear, experiments that illustrate how your ear works, echolocation, lip reading, perfect pitch and so forth. It has quite a bit of text per page, but could work as a read aloud for near grade level students if you stopped and tried all the experiments. If you're not prepared to do that, it would probably be an overwhelming amount of language and information for students with moderate to severe disabilities to process.

The five senses-hearing by Maria Rius, J. M. Parramon, and J. J. Puig- This book has just one sentence per page and discusses various things you hear with your ears. At the end it has a labeled drawing of the ear with more comprehensive vocabulary and two pages of text explaining how the ear works. This book is recommended for students at a basic level.

Picture cards of loud and quiet things lots of sound and hearing activity ideas Ears: How do ears work?

This is Day 10 of a 17 day unit on the human body and the 5 senses. If you'd like the whole unit, you may find it here: