Materials Needed
  • Blank paper (1 sheet per student)

Responding to the Lesson on Echolocation
In this activity, students will have the opportunity to respond to experiencing echolocation in the classroom activity. To accommodate individual differences, there are many options for how they can go about this. The purpose of this activity is to give students multiple means of expressing their understanding of the concept and to consolidate their learning.

Step 1: Gather Thinking

Ask students to think about their experience with the blindfold and how they used their voices to figure out how far away they were from the wall. Take time to collect thoughts or questions if there are any. Now, ask them to think about where else they might use echolocation outside of the classroom. Encourage them to be creative! They might respond realistically, like walking around their house at night when they can't see. Or, they might respond more imaginatively, like if they were superheroes and had to swim underwater and use sound to navigate through an enemy fortress! Offer your own example to spur their thinking.

Step 2: Explain the Activity

Explain to students that they will now be working individually on a short, expressive assignment. Hand out blank pieces of paper to each student and ask them to describe how they might use echolocation to navigate a type of physical environment of their own creation, real or imagined. Also ask them to write down or explain to you their goal for the assignment, which should sound something like, "This is a picture of how to use echolocation in my bedroom." Students can complete this assignment by:
  • Writing a description or a story (example: "I could use echolocation if I was a cave explorer...")
  • Drawing a picture of a situation (example: The bat and tree animation)
  • Speaking to you or a partner (example: "I can imagine using echolocation under water..."), or
  • Demonstrating, using physical objects (example: The rubber ball)

NEXT: See recommendations on how to assess your students' understanding throughout this lesson in Assessment .