In The Dark
Author: Sharon Janulaw
Overview: Students will work in pairs as they go on
a trust walk. One of the pair is blindfolded and is led around by his/her partner.
- We learn about the natural world using our senses and extensions of our senses.
Grade Span: K2
- Blindfold for each pair of students
Time: 30 minutes
We find out about the environment in which we live by using our senses.
The senses gather information that is sent to the brain. Among other things, our senses warn us of
danger and thus keep us safe.
Many people depend on the sense of sight more than their other senses for information about their
environment. The sense of sight gives us so much information that it would be overwhelming if it
were not for our ability to focus on one thing at a time. When the eye focuses on an object, other
objects become less obvious.
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Students need to understand how to be trustworthy guides for their partners
and how to keep their partner comfortable during the trust walk.
- Ask students if they have tried to do anything
with their eyes closed. What did they experience with their eyes closed?
Have them discuss what life would be like it they couldnt use
their sense of sight? What is it like at night with no lights on,
not even a night light?
- Tell them they are going to go on a trust walk.
They will work with a partner. Explain that one of the partners will
wear a blindfold and the other partner will lead the person who no
longer has use of the sense of sight. Partners will trade roles when
you give the signal to change. Ask them what they think would be important
to do for the person who cannot use sight to know about the world.
Develop a list of behaviors that would make a person a trustworthy
guide and ask everyone to agree to follow them.
- Give each pair a blindfold. Specify the boundaries
of the area in which everyone has to stay. Have one of the pair blindfold
the other person and begin the trust walk. After the amount of time
you deem appropriate, give the signal for partners to switch roles.
- Give the signal for the partners to finish the
trust walk, take off the blindfold and come to the classroom discussion
area. Have each person share what it felt like to be without the sense
of sight. Discuss what other senses they used to find out about their
world when they were blindfolded. Ask them to think about people who
have lost their sense of sight and discuss what life must be like
Obtain magazines that are written in Braille and let students close their eyes
and read the words. Obtain a Braille alphabet and Braille numbers for the students to
feel as they look at the letters and numbers.
Updated October 31, 2003
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