World Sight Day is an international day of awareness for the global issue of avoidable blindness and visual impairment.
Our original plan was to get out to some schools and teach a lesson or two for some of our younger kids. But with schools taking the necessary precautions for COVID19 we were unable to do this. Instead, we put together some resources for teachers to share about the fascinating features of the eye.
With the link below you will find a video guide for a Magic School Bus Rides Again episode entitled “I Spy with Animal Eyes.” In the Netflix continuation of Magic School Bus, the class learns to see the world through the eyes of different animals when a careless Arnold loses Carlos’s pet rat - then turns her invisible. This simple video guide allows your students to follow along and answer questions all about their eyes.
Looking for another activity, you can also find a writing prompt and graphic organizers to go with the book “If You Had Animal Eyes” by Sandra Markle and illustrated by Howard McWilliam. This is such a fun book for kids and lets them use their imagination, while still connecting to the world around them.
Wait! Are you wanting some hands-on options? We’ve gotta ya covered. Let’s talk disability training, an exercise where a person experiences daily tasks with a simulated disability. A simple blindfold is all you need. With a blindfold have students try tasks like walking to the water fountain to fill their water bottle, pulling out a certain textbook, etc. Wanna take it up a notch? Create touch and feel picture cards with heavy cardstock and glue. You as the teacher can make them or have your students make them. Then have the students wear a blindfold and try and guess the image on their card by using their sense of touch.
Feeling really adventurous? Take a day or two and give students a tour of the eye and discuss the parts and their function with sight. Then have students create their own model eyes. They could use paper mache, tennis balls, modeling clay, etc. Now you can set up a museum of eyeballs for students to view.
If you end up using any of our activities, make sure you tag us either on Facebook or Instagram @MabeeEyeClinic