The Ear-In-A-Box features five stations plus multiple supplemental activities on the eare. At each station, students answer questions on their station notes, which can be collected for assessment or simply used to keep students on task.
Ear station activities:
- Anatomy – Students use a giant size ear model, inner ear graphic and the otoscope to examine each other’s ears and label the anatomy of the ear on a template.
- Dangerous Decibels – We’ve taken part of this national program aimed to teach about sound levels that are too loud for ear health, and put it into this station activity. A sound meter and hair dryer help students understand decibel levels. Pipe cleaners make a great visual for damaged “hair cells”.
- Careers – Students take the roles of health care professionals and decide how to help the hypothetical patient given a set of common symptoms.
- Hearing loss – Students use the modified roll-up piano to learn the difference between pitch and volume to better understand partial hearing loss. Students also learn the measurements of Hz and Db.
- The sound pathway – Students learn about energy transduction by putting sound travel in order from hearing to brain.
Extensions to the ear stations include:
Bill Nye DVD, Sound, and curriculum
Dangerous Decibels DVD with curriculum
NIH Curriculum – How Your Brain Understands What Your Ear Hears Complete set of five lessons with resources, student worksheets, and Oregon-specific content standards.
OHSU interview film – Local middle school students interview OHSU ear-health professionals
Country Doctors video – This one-hour PBS video was made in rural Oregon about the need for local health care providers.
Blueprint for Health – Poster of the ear
Ear model with laminated reference card.
- Ears and Eyes, Hearing, and Hearing (Sense and Sensors) - ages 9-12
Otoscope with attachments