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Lesson Plan #: AELP-BSS000
Submitted by: Lee Evans
Endorsed by: Dr. Don Descy
Mankato State University
Date: February 28, 1997

Grade Level(s): 1, 2, 3


  • Health/Body Systems and senses


To give the students a chance to put themselves in the place of blind people, and see how they manage without the sense of sight. The students will also review all of the senses and the parts of the body that go with each sense.


Students will understand their five sense and the parts of the body that go with them.


The students will list the five senses, and will explain the parts of the body that go with each sense. The students will be able to use a magnifying glass.

Background Information:

This activity can be used with students for primary grades. The lesson teaches the students about braille by taking away one of their senses, and seeing how people have to deal with their other senses to compensate for the missing sense.


Students will be able to:

  • Tell about the importance of each sense.
  • Investigate around the room with their magnifying glasses.
  • Tell about the body parts associated with each sense.
  • Materials:

  • Blindfold
  • magnifying glass
  • braille sheets
  • posters
  • Procedure:

  • Introduce the senses on posters hanging on the bulletin board.
  • Raise questions and brainstorm what materials you can use your senses with.
  • Model how to use magnifying glasses.
  • Let the students investigate with their magnifying glasses around the room.
  • Hold a class discussion about what they observed.
  • Blind fold every other student, and have their partner (without the blindfold) help them. Feel objects around the room.
  • Next, handout braille sheets and let students feel how the blind read.
  • Have students trade partners, so each has a turn being blind and helping.
  • Assessment:

    Have each pair of students ask and answer questions presented by the other. When they are finished have a class discussion, and talk about why each senseis so important to us.