Task: Production Equipment

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Audio/Video Production I




Task Description


In this task, students will

  • watch a video on the anatomy of the human ear and complete the video guide to assess comprehension;
  • create an infographic illustrating the principles of sound.

Standard 15: Examine the scientific properties and principles of sound, including how sound travels and how digital audio is created. Citing textbooks and online resources, create an informational text with supporting graphics illustrating the principles.

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks students will demonstrate the ability to:


  • understand how sound correlates to the human auditory system;
  • describe the key structures in the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear;
  • discuss the main functions of these structures.


To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:


  • explain how sound travels.

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions




Tympanic Membrane



The _______ is located in the outer ear.


________ suggests that different portions of the basilar membrane are sensitive to sounds of different frequencies.


The ________ appears in the shape of a snail shell.

What is the function of the pinna?


How is the tympanic membrane related to hearing sound?



How does the cochlea function?

Instructional Resources

  • Anatomy of the Human Ear Video  (running time: 5:30)(SMC468 Graphic Design for Educators. (2015,June 26). Anatomy of the Human Ear [Video] You Tube. (Special Thanks to Mr. Victor Oquendo, Mcgavock High School for video recommendation)
  • Anatomy of the Human Ear Video Guide
  • Anatomy of the Human Ear Video Guide Answer Key


Task Guides

This activity will require students to apply what they learned during the lesson and video on the Anatomy of the Human ear to an activity.

Anatomy of the Human Ear Task

  1. Students will watch the video the You Tube video, “The Anatomy of the Human Ear” and complete the accompanying worksheet.
  2. Students will create an infographic to describe the anatomy of sound.


Anatomy of the Human Ear Infographic Task


  1. Students will use a free platform to create an infographic on the Anatomy of Sound.

Here are some examples:

  1. The infographic must include:
  • A diagram of the ear;
  • A description of the major parts and their functions;

e.g. outer ear, inner ear, middle ear, cochlea, ear drum, etc.

  1. Once completed the students will submit their infographics to their teacher and the teacher will make them available for viewing for the entire class.

Student Resources

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Anatomy of the Human Ear Video Guide


  1. Name the three parts the human ear is made of.




  1. Where is the pinna located? What does it do?




  1. Why is the shape of the pinna important?




  1. Where is the middle ear located?




  1. What does the middle ear consist of?




  1. What happens when sound waves enter the ear canal?




  1. The three small bones in the middle ear are called______________________________.




  1. What are the three ossicles called?




  1. What vibrates in response to sound?




  1. What are the two distinct portions of the inner ear?




  1. What does the vestibular system help us maintain?




  1. What shape does the cochlear tube appear as?




  1. If we unraveled the cochlear how long would it be?




  1. Along with the basilar membrane, what are the two types of sensory cells called?




  1. What happens when sound energy is transferred to the cochlea?




  1. The complex mix of ____________________, ________________________, and _______________________ processes occur instantaneously and create our perceptions of the sounds we hear in everyday life.