ALEX Learning Activity


Journey to the Center of the Ear

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Meghan Everette
System:Mobile County
School:George Hall Elementary School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 176
Journey to the Center of the Ear
Digital Tool/Resource:
Scholastic StudyJams Hearing Video
Web Address – URL:

Scholastic StudyJams Hearing video can be used to introduce or reinforce the teaching of the ear structure and function. There is an included link to a post-quiz to assess learning.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 4
11 ) Investigate different ways animals receive information through the senses, process that information, and respond to it in different ways (e.g., skunks lifting tails and spraying an odor when threatened, dogs moving ears when reacting to sound, snakes coiling or striking when sensing vibrations).

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
L4.4: When the environment changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce; others die or move to new locations.

Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Planning and Carrying out Investigations
Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models
Disciplinary Core Idea: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Investigate different ways animals receive information through the senses.
  • Investigate different ways animals process the information they receive and how they respond to it.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • investigate
  • evidence
  • transmit
  • perception
  • receptors
  • senses
  • sensory information
  • process
  • memories
Students know:
  • Different types of sense receptors detect specific types of information within the environment.
  • Sense receptors send information about the surroundings to the brain.
  • Information that is transmitted to the brain by sense receptors can be processed immediately as perceptions of the environment and/or stored as memories.
  • Immediate perceptions or memories processed by the brain influences an animal's actions or responses to features in the environment.
Students are able to:
  • Identify different ways animals receive, process, and respond to information.
  • Identify evidence of different ways animals receive, process, and respond to information to be investigated.
  • Plan ways to Investigate different ways animals receive, process, and respond to information.
  • Collect and communicate data of different ways animals receive, process, and respond to information.
Students understand that:
  • Sensory input, the brain, and behavioral output are all parts of a system that allows animals to engage in appropriate behaviors.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Animal Studies

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.4.11- Identify the sense organs and the information they receive (eyes/sight, tongue/taste, ears/hearing, skin/touch, nose/smell).

Learning Objectives:

The student will:

  • investigate how animals receive information through their ears. 
  • investigate how animals process and respond to sound information. 
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

After an introduction to the sense of hearing, students will view the StudyJams Video.

Following the video, students will complete the online quiz at

To show their learning, students will sketch the structure of the ear and label key parts.

Assessment Strategies:

Teacher observation of the quiz results and the student sketches will be used for assessment.

Advanced Preparation:

View the video before showing students to decide if any vocabulary should be previewed. Determine stopping points if you want to add information to the video.
Determine supplies to be used in the sketch

Variation Tips (optional):

This video would be a good introduction to why the ear is important, a core of a lesson, or as a closing or recap of the ear lesson. Students might also use this as a jumping off point for sound experiments, sound waves, or pitch lessons.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: ear, hearing, senses