Summer Research Program for
William H. Maxwell Career and Technical High School
How are the eyes of different
organisms adapted for sight?
Students will be able to:
- Give the eye characteristics of 4 different organisms
- Create a Venn diagram to compare/contrast the human eye
to two other organisms
- Identify and describe 4 anatomical eye structures of the
human eye and two other organisms
- Discuss the need for sight as a tool for survival
Content Standard B, D
Assessment Standard A, B
Teaching Standard B, D
New Vocabulary: visual
images, peripheral vision, visual acuity, submerged, species, adaptation,
Pictures of five different animals (cat, owl, hawk, fish, and squirrel),
worksheet of blank Venn diagram, overhead projector, transparencies, micro
viewers, slides of eye structures)
- Students will work in pairs to use the micro viewers to
identify the human eye structures.
- Each pair of students will receive a picture of two
different animals and a blank Venn diagram worksheet
- Compare and contrast the human eye to the other two
kinds of eyes from different organisms.
- Explain the function of each eye structure that is
- Explain why the organismís eyes are suited for their
survival. e.g. why does the eagle have great visual acuity? What is the
purpose of the reflector found at the back of the catís eye?
- What are two differences between the eyes of nocturnal
animals and humans? How do their eye structures compare to their function.
- Students will be given an opportunity to display their
Venn diagrams and share some of the differences with the rest of the class
Choose any two organisms and explain how its eye anatomy
affects its physiology?
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