Beyond the crowning glory

Sujata C

Hair is a protective, sensory growth on the body. It insulates the body and is a sensory receptor of the surroundings for many animals. In humans it also adorns the face by covering up the stark bald contours, and is called the crowning glory. It is a medium to convey one’s personal beliefs and lifestyle.

hair-locket A project on hair can take us on a long trail of subjects and offer something to kindle the interest of every student, and help them establish connections across subjects to feed their curiosity and get them hooked to learning.

A new born human baby has fine downy hair on the body (that sheds off after a few months) called lanugo.

There are different types of hair on the body determined by the place they grow – scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, moustaches, and other body parts. The hair on the face and body grows only to a certain length and stops. Hair on the head is longer yet it stops at a certain length too depending on the genetic type of the person. Some people have short hair, some have long hair. When the hair is cut, it always tries to go back to its original length.

Doesn’t this cross section of hair look artistic?

Language class: Make sentences with hair phrases and idioms. For example, give the students a few (let your hair down, tearing one’s hair out, make one’s hair stand on end, hair-raising incident, etc.) and ask them to find out more and use them in sentences.

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