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perform their own experiment on sense of direction in humans.
What cues does an
animal use to know when to migrate? How do animals orient
and navigate during migration?
Critical Content: Animals
follow seasonal and life-history cues to know when to migrate.
Animals use specific senses to navigate on their way.
Group size: small
groups of 2-3 students.
one for each group. Copies of the
for each student.
will gather data to see if there is evidence that humans are able
to locate a building after being turned around while blindfolded,
or if they are able to indicate north after being turned around.
They will then answer questions and draw conclusions from their
- As a class, develop a hypothesis or pose a question for scientific
inquiry concerning humans ability to locate when blindfolded.
- Identify which direction is north so all students are oriented
- Fill in the "Before you begin" section of the Homing
- One student will blindfold another. Have one student walk the
blindfolded student around in an unpredictable pattern for 2 minutes.
They may spin them a few times but not enough to make them dizzy.
You want to try to disorient them.
- When two minutes are up, the student should be asked to point
north. Record the results on the worksheet.
- Students should be blindfolded again and this time after 2 minutes
they should be asked to point to the school building. The data
should be recorded on the worksheet.
- Conduct three trials for each student, taking turns and recording
the results as they go.
- Complete the remainder of the worksheet.
- Do you think humans have an innate sense of direction?
- What cues did the students use to orient themselves while blindfolded?