Heads or Tails

How exactly does touch help us identify items? Students test this question by feeling a coin without moving their fingers and trying to determine if it is heads or tails. They test their accuracy by rubbing their fingers on the coins. They then apply their experience to explain how touch receptors work. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Discuss if pupils think they could identify one plastic penny in the bag
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a pouch with a few pennies and one nickel
  • Scholars work in teams of exactly two
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  • Includes an extension to identify one nickel in a group of pennies without looking
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