STEAM Lab Reports : Ms. James' Study of the Human Eye

For this edition of STEAM Lab Reports, we are highlighting Ms. James's Art Integrated Science Lesson for her Kindergarteners. 

Objectives:  The student will be able to identify the parts of the eye. The student will be able to observe the colors of different objects.

Question: Can you name the five senses? Explain the functions of the eye and skin. Name the parts of the eye.

Introduction:  In Ms. James' last lesson, scholars learned that scientists are curious. Which means that they want to know about things that they do not know very much about. They do that by asking questions and looking for the answers. Scientists also use their eyes to get information so that they can learn more about the world. So lets start there!  

Consider It! 
Look at your eye in a mirror, or look at someone else's eye. What are some questions you have about the eye? Here are some questions to ask: Why is it wet? How do I see? Why are eyes different colors? The eye has many parts. The black part in the center is called the pupil. That is where light goes into the eye. It does not hurt; God designed it that way. The light shines on the back of the eye. Something called a nerve sends the picture of what you see to the brain. Another part of the eye is the colored part. It is around the pupil. That is called the iris. The most common colors of irises are brown, blue, and green. 

Answer It! 
What color is your iris? Now you try it! Label the parts of the eye. Please match each label with the correct anchor. God designed the eye for people to see. Scientists use the sense of sight to make observations. 

Art Integration: 
Scholars are partnered up and asked to take turns drawing one another's eye. They will be identifying colors to match and collaborating by helping each other identify and include all the parts of the eye that we learned. When done, their illustrations will be hung around the room to be admired and observed.