Reflection: Real World Applications Learning Eye Physiology through Optical Illusions! - Section 5: Extend


      As an alternative to this lesson in general, but the extension activity more specifically, I arranged for all of my classes to visit the traveling Illusion exhibit at our local science museum. This opportunity provided a great deal of real world examples of optical illusions that would be difficult to otherwise duplicate in the classroom setting. To optimize on the opportunity, I first visited the museum to record exhibit specifics (activities, objectives, etc. ) that were specifically aligned to my objectives and that produce the student learning outcomes for my eye physiology lesson. Once in assessed, I devloped a homework assignment (see attachment) that laid the foundation for students to comprehend how illusions trick the eye's physiology in general. This was a requirement for students to attend and was done so that they would/could a) invest themselves in the trip and b) eliminate roadblocks to comprehend the science explanations for each exhibit stop. At the museum, students were provided with a learning road map (See attachment) to help focus their time and energy. This of course aided in my effective execution of time management, aided in the students learning curve and reduced frivolous wondering about at the museum. Once completed, students were instructed to submit their road map for grading. In all this alternative to the lesson was a great success as students remained engaged throughout and produced unique and individualized responses to the questions/requests that were a part of the worksheet (road map). 

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Learning Eye Physiology through Optical Illusions!

Unit 8: Senses, Perception and Movement
Lesson 2 of 5

Objective: Students will apply observations from optical illusion activities to infer physiology of specific eye parts.

Big Idea: The different parts of the eye can cause the optical illusions that highlight their functions.

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