Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Earwax is produced in the ear canal.
  • Earwax traps dirt and dust, carries particles out of the ear, and moisturises the skin of the ear canal.
  • When people chew or talk, the movement of the jaws helps push wax out along the ear canal.

Curriculum keywords

  • Body systems
  • Human body
  • Health

Spark a discussion

  • What is earwax?
  • Why did people hundreds of years ago mix earwax with paint powders?
  • What are the three main jobs of earwax?

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