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Spring Saturday SAVY, Week 2, The Science of Senses (Whiting)(3rd-4th)

Posted by on Monday, February 5, 2024 in blog, SAVY.

On Saturday in Science of the Senses, we reviewed the journal prompt from last week and some highlights from Day 1.  Afterward, we learned about the physics of sound.  The students learned about the pinna and how it impacts the hearing of animals and humans. Then, we studied the physiology of optical illusions.  Students learned about the occipital lobe and how it processes images in the brain.  Optical illusions are tricks our senses play on our minds. We were able to do several hands-on demonstrations with illusions.  

We analyzed the three different types of optical illusions. You can ask your student about the different types! We created a Cognitive Distorted Illusion with our hands, marker, and paper. We also watched a video of a Cognitive Paradox Illusion built with Legos, but we weren’t able to build them ourselves. You can copy and paste the link below into a browser if your student wants to build the illusion with Legos at home: 

Here are some journal prompts you can discuss with your student: 

  • Sound travels 767 miles per hour through the air.  If you were a sound wave and could travel that quickly anywhere you wanted, where would you travel to now?  
  • What would you do there before coming back? 

I am excited to get to continue to know your students in Spring SAVY.  I am looking forward to Day 3!