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Human Machine    Mystery 2

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Students discover the basics of how their eyes work, and figure out some of the causes of vision problems. In the activity, students develop a working model of a human eye.

What do people who are blind see?

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Beginning Exploration (2 of 6)

DISCUSS (1 of 3):

Why do you think some people have problems with vision?

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DISCUSS (2 of 3):

How could we figure out how eyes work?

Here’s what we came up with...

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DISCUSS (3 of 3): Look at these eyes, and the eyes of the person next to you. What's the same? What's different?

Eyes Comparison

Do you think that any of the differences could explain why some people have trouble with vision, or not?

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Beginning Activity Prep
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Activity Prep

1. Gather these supplies

scissors1 per student
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3 x 5 card1 per student
3x magnifying lens DetailsHide details
Front of the Eye template 1 per student

2. Print and complete the Before-Class Checklist

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Beginning Exploration (6 of 6)
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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the assessment, reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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Readings:

These Common-Core-aligned readings are free with registration on ReadWorks. All readings include comprehension questions.

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Exploration
blind man by TommyEdisonXP , used under CC BY
cat in window by Chris Lattuada , used under CC BY / Heavily modified
glasses by Michelle Arseneault , used under CC BY-SA / Adjusted color, cropped
Activity
race car by The Tire Zoo , used under CC BY
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