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Nerves Study: Sense of Touch Investigation

What types of objects can you identify solely by touch? The nerves in our fingertips do a good job of conveying information about our surroundings. This activity explores this sense and turns it into a challenge: Can you match identical objects without seeing them? Make it as simple or difficult as you like.


Questions Answered:

  • What types of information can be determined solely by touch? 
  • What types of information cannot be determined solely by touch? 


Topics Addressed:

  • We can use our sense of touch to compare objects 
  • Some qualities of objects can be discerned by touch 
  • Some qualities of objects cannot be discerned by touch


Materials Needed

assorted small pairs of objects (coins, shells, dice, etc.); pillowcase


Preparation Time

Collecting objects


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

Nerves Study: Sense of Touch Investigation


    Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.

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