How do we keep our balance? Standing without falling requires that three sensory systems work together (sight, inner ear, and proprioception). If sight isn't available, standing upright becomes more difficult. In this activity students practice standing on one leg with eyes opened and then closed. 

 

Questions Answered:

  • What sensory systems help keep our balance? 
  • What happens when one or more of the systems isn't working? 

 

Topics Addressed:

  • Three sensory systems help us keep our balance 
  • If one sensory system is compromised, the body can still remain upright 
  • If more than one sensory system is compromised maintaining balanace can be extremely difficult

 

Materials Needed

a friend, minute timer, blindfold (optional)

 

Preparation Time

none

 

Teaching Time 

About 20–30 minutes, longer with included writing assignment

 

Answer Key

Yes! Plus extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to. Specific charts and graphic organizers have keys. 

 

Target Audience

Middle School Students, Ages 11-14

 

Student Sheets

  • Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 
  • Diagrams for labeling

Human Body Muscles and Nerves: How We Keep Our Balance

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