Animal Vision

Source: Flickr

Type: Investigation

Theme: Nature

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Learning Target: Student will construct and measure binocular and monocular vision angles for one species of animal, while constructing a model for apparent vision.

elk vision binocular
elk vision binocular

For groups of two (individuals OK). Compile documentation in Word or PowerPoint.

  1. Select an animal (insect, mammal, bird, fish, etc.).
  2. Find a top-view of the animal's head or skull.
  3. Determine the monocular, binocular, and blind area of animal's vision. Draw a diagram with each vision area labeled.
  4. Research the color vision ability of the animal. If it has more than two eyes, non-circular pupils, or compound lenses, determine how those features affect vision. Construct a photographic model using GIMP or another photo manipulation tool.
  5. Obtain Peer Review before you complete your diagram and vision model.
  6. Answer the following questions (minimum three paragraphs):
    1. Why does the animal have a wide peripheral or binocular vision?
    2. What advantage does color or black and white vision provide the species?
    3. If the species has compound lenses or non-circular pupils, how does that affect vision?
  7. Submission:
    1. Top-view diagram with angles (monocular, binocular, and blind).
    2. Color/B&W photographic vision model.
    3. Responses to questions.
    4. Peer review.

Supporting Activities


Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • I can model with mathematics.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Structure and Function