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Sense organs stimuli

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At a fair, all sorts of stimuli affect our senses, for example, the smell of candy floss, the bright lights of the roundabouts etc.

If all our senses are attracted at the same time with the same degree of intensity, as at a fair, it can be a very pleasant experience but it can also be a strain.

Information and ideas:
The students can report on their own experiences, for example, what can I smell, see and hear at a fair?
What are the typical smells, tastes and sounds associated with Christmas?

Relevant for teaching:
Structure and function of a sense organ
Reception of stimuli and processing of information
Senses discover the environment

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Sense organ of balance - position

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The cupola changes its shape when it is bent and stimulates the sensory hairs. The calcium carbonate crystals act as extra ballast.

The cupola (gelatinous mass) changes its shape when it is bent and stimulates the sensory hairs. The calcium carbonate crystals act as extra ballast. The lymph simply serves to absorb here.

Information and ideas:
This graphic is very useful for showing the function of the sense of position in the inner ear.

Relevant for teaching:
Structure and functions of a sensory organ
Reception of stimuli and processing of information

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Training of senses

Photo:
A girl is shaking a film container in order to identify the content of the container by means of the noise.

This photo shows a situation from a listening memory game. The game involves the ability to remember and recognize things.

Information and ideas:
This is how the game is played:
Different materials like sand, rice, dried peas, pebbles or stones, flour etc. are filled into empty film containers, two containers for each material. Now the players have to match the pairs by identifying the material inside the containers by shaking The whole game can be played with teams of two partners as well. Each player gets a film container and has to go round and compare the sounds made when the containers are shaken and thus find his or her partner.
(Tip: Label all the containers on the bottom,
for example with colored dots so that the pairs can be clearly recognized again.)

Relevant for teaching:
The human body
Structure and functions of a sense organ
Senses discover the environment

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The Ear, Hearing and Hearing Impairment: Sense organs - sense of feeling

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How sensitively our skin reacts to temperatures can be seen in the sauna. After the heat, the cold gets our blood circulation going!

The skin gives us information about temperatures via receptors. As a rule, the heat in the sauna makes our blood pressure go down. The subsequent sensation of cold on the skin does not just stimulate the peripheral blood circulation. A reflex reaction via the autonomic nervous system causes our blood pressure to rise to the normal level again as well.

Information and ideas:
Use picture to introduce topic with the question "What can we feel with our skin?", e.g. cold, heat, wind etc.

Relevant for teaching:
The human body
Structure and function of a sensory organ
Reception of stimuli and processing of information
Senses discover the environment

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Sense of rotation

Photo:
A child turns its head while sitting on a swivel chair. Why does it get dizzy?

Simple experiment for the students to try out themselves.

Information and ideas:
Typical situations which the children know from their own everyday life:
- Turning on a chair
- Rides on roundabouts
- Turning quickly in a circle
etc.

Relevant for teaching:
The human body
Structure and function of a sensory organ
Reception of stimuli and processing of information
Senses discover the environment

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Sense organ eye

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The eye as sense organ. It does not just differentiate between brightness and colour but also shape.

The eye is a ball that is located in a cavity in our skull. It consists mainly of the cornea, the lens and the retina.
The light perceived is beamed first of all by the lens. The retina with its sensory cells is at the back of the eye, this is where the image spots arrive from where they are transmitted via the optical nerve to the brain.
In the brain the whole image is then put together.

Information and ideas:
Explanation of how the eye works can be done, for example, by showing the students a camera:
lens: lens of the camera
retina: film
brain: development of the film

Relevant for teaching:
The human body
Structure and function of a sense organ
Reception of stimuli and processing of information
Senses discover the environment

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Five senses in the human head

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The five human senses.

With the five sense organs, eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin, the human being receives stimuli, transforms them into electrical nerve impulses which are then transmitted to the brain.
There they are processed, classified and interpreted.

Information and ideas:
Suitable as starting point. Important to point out that internal organs are involved as well as the visible organ and that the brain is necessary for the evaluation of the impulses.

Relevant for teaching:
Structure and function of a sensory organ
Reception of stimuli and processing of information
Senses discover the environment