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The Blindfolded Walk


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The Blindfolded Walk

In this activity, learners work in teams to study the observation skills essential to scientific research. Learners work in groups and lead one blindfolded member of the group to a tree and other various places nearby. The blindfolded team member describes what he/she smells, feels, and hears while the other members take notes. Learners switch roles and at the end, compare their observations and analyze their observational skills.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • blindfolds
  • tissue to use with each round of the walk in order to keep blindfold sanitary
  • journals
  • activity sheets
  • newsprint/chart paper
  • art materials
  • outdoor area for learners to observe

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Touch
      • Taste
      • Smell
      • Hearing
      • Perception
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • smell
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, American Museum of Natural History, ©2001

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