Parts of the Eye Lesson Plan

Statements of Intent:

  • Students will state what the five senses are
  • Students will label the parts of the eye
  • Students will explain how each part of the eye functions
  • Students will understand the importance of each of the five senses



  1. Teacher has students sit in groups.
  2. Teacher asks students if they can name the five senses and writes them on the board (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste).
  3. Teacher asks students to vote for which sense they believe is the most important sense they had and tallies the votes on the board.
  4. Teacher asks students why they believe the sense they voted for is the most important.
  5. Teacher explains that students will be learning more about the sense of sight, and the parts of the eye.


  1. Teacher shows the a picture, or overhead (IF YOU HAVE A SMARTBOARD: show the first slide of interactive parts of the eye presentation)
  2. Teacher runs through the different parts of the eye with students on the board and explains what each is. (if you are using the website, when you click next each part of the eye is labeled and there is a description on each page):
    1. Sclera
    2. Cornea
    3. Iris
    4. Pupil
    5. Lens
    6. Retina
    7. Optic nerve


  1. Teacher hands out a worksheet with different parts of the eye. Teacher has students sit in groups to color and label the parts of the eye. Teacher explains that each part of the eye should be colored a differently because it is easier to remember by color association.
  2. Teacher explains that each student is responsible for one (or two depending on the size of the groups) part of their eye. They are the reporter for that (or those) parts of the eye and must be able to explain them to their group members.
  3. Teacher hands out sheets of paper with parts of the eye on them, whichever part(s) each student gets, they are responsible for presenting to the class.
  4. After all parts are assigned, teacher has students get into new groups with other students who have the same part(s).
  5. Students sit in their new groups for a few minutes to discuss them so they can become the experts.
  6. Students switch back to their original groups and explain their part(s) to their group members.
  7. Once everyone has a chance to explain the parts in their groups, teacher calls attention to the class.
  8. Teacher reviews all the parts of the eye with students.
  9. Teacher draws attention back to the board where students voted on the different senses.
  10. Teacher brings students attention back to the board where the senses and the votes for the senses are listed.
  11. Teacher reminds students of particular senses that students thought were most important and some of the reasons why students thought so.
  12. Teacher asks students to close their eyes and places an object on each table.
  13. Teacher tells students that they cannot use their sight to determine what the object on their table is, they have to use their other senses.
  14. Teacher gives students time to determine what they think it is. Some students may be able to identify the object, but (hopefully) many students will have some difficulty.
  15. Teacher repeats this process with different objects by restricting students not to smell and touch.


  1. Teacher asks students how many people had trouble identifying some of these objects?
  2. Teacher asks students why they think they had trouble identifying some of the objects.


  1. Teacher reminds students that every sense is important, if we take away one sense, all of the others are affected in some way.
  2. Teacher draws student’s attention back to the board with a blank picture of the eye and reviews the different parts of the eye with students again.

Classroom Resources:

Worksheet of an eye that is not labeled.

Multiple objects for kids to identify using their senses (ex. orange, clothespins etc.)

Crayons, markers, or colored pencils

Strips of paper with different parts of the eye written on them

Teacher Resources:

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