ERIC Number: ED480659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Touch and Discover. Grades PreK-2.
Rushton, Erik; Ryan, Emily; Swift, Charles
Students work in pairs or small groups to identify and categorize various objects. One student is blindfolded and the other student chooses five objects for his/her partner to identify. The blindfolded student has to describe and try to identify the object based solely on touch. Both students then record their data, describing the objects first as human-made or natural, then living or non-living, and finally physical characteristics. This activity can be modified to challenge different age groups and can include brainstorming uses for the materials, not just classification. This activity uses a time frame of 30-60 minutes and goes well with a lesson on animal classification. (Author/SOE)
Descriptors: Classification, Early Childhood Education, Hands on Science, Identification, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Sensory Experience, Student Motivation, Tactile Stimuli, Tactual Perception, Teamwork
Web site: www.prek-12engineering.org/activities/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Tufts Univ., Medford, MA.
Note: Produced by the Office for Technology and Industry Collaboration. For other activities in this series, see SE 068 012-041.