Activity Overview

In order to understand how sound works and how we hear it, it's important for students to understand the different parts of the human ear. In this activity, students will label a diagram of the ear. Students should include the function of each part in their diagram. This activity can be made easier by getting students to label the ear with a given list of keywords like the ones highlighted in bold below.

Parts of the Human Ear

  • The pinna is a flap of skin and cartilage that collects sound waves and funnels them into the ear canal.
  • The ear canal is a tube that connects the pinna to the eardrum.
  • The eardrum is a thin membrane that separates the outer ear and the inner ear. Sound waves that travel down the ear canal make it vibrate.
  • The auditory ossicles are small bones that carry vibrations from the eardrum to the cochlea. They amplify the vibrations. The three bones are called the hammer, the anvil, and the stirrup. They are some of the smallest bones in the human body.
  • The cochlea is a spiral-shaped chamber that is filled with liquid and lined with hairs. It converts the vibrations into electrical signals.
  • The auditory nerve connects the cochlea to the brain. It carries the electrical signals to the brain.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Label a diagram of the structure of the human ear.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Navigate to the "Science" tab and find the ear diagram.
  3. Label the main parts of the ear with Textables and arrows.
  4. Add extra information about the functions of the parts of the ear with text boxes.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Labeled diagram
Label the diagram giving the functions of each part.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
All the labels are correct.
Most of the labels are correct.
Some of the labels are correct.
All the functions are correct with no grammar or spelling mistakes.
Most of the functions are correct with some grammar and spelling mistakes.
Some of the functions are correct with many grammar and spelling mistakes.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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