Information Processing: Making Sense of the World Science Stations for Fourth Grade Next Generation Science Standards include 8 different science stations where students deepen their understanding of sensory systems, including anatomy (structures and parts) and physiology (how the parts function).
The focus is on 4-LS1.D and includes concepts such the sense of sight, sense of taste, sense of hearing, sense of touch, structure and function of the human eye, ear, tongue and skin, as well as the extraordinary sensory systems in animals, including echolocation.
By working through this set of stations, students will gain a robust understanding of the properties of how the body processes the information it receives from the environment. All stations in this set meet the DCI 4-LS1.D, helping students gain an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of sensory systems in humans and animals. The Investigate, Diagram, and Model stations go into more detail and help students use models to describe how sensory systems enable an organism to gather information about their environment, process the information, and respond to it.
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Information Processing Stations Include
► Vocabulary Cards
in two formats with and without pictures.
- Students watch one of two videos and then answer questions about the videos. Videos include: sense of sight and sense of taste.
- Students play a video game and learn about the sense of hearing and the brain. Students answer questions related to the video game.
- Students read about the sense of hearing and conduct an investigation using tuning forks. Students then answer questions to reinforce the concepts learned.
- Students read about the structures and functions of the human eye. They created a diagram of what happens in the eye in different levels of light. Students then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
► Read a Passage
- Students read about extraordinary sensory systems in animals. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
- Students read about echolocation in dolphins and draw a model of how it works. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
- Students read about the sense of taste and conduct a taste test. Students answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
- Students read about the sense of touch then sort pictures of different objects into categories according to the type of touch: mechanical, pain and temperature. Students then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.
In Fourth Grade, students are expected to “Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.” (4-LS1-2). This correlates with the DCI 4-LS1.D, which states, “Different sense receptors are specialized for particular kinds of information, which may be then processed by the animal’s brain. Animals are able to use their perceptions and memories to guide their actions.”
Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in the blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journal, but worksheets are included as well.
Some stations include two or more activity choices and extension activities.
Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.
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