|The Senses Working Together|
The Sense Chart
This is a good project to start young children toward learning about their senses. Draw or make a chart with a picture of an eye, ear, nose, tongue and hand. Write down words or hold up pictures that "go" with each of the senses that are represented by the eye (vision), ear (audition), nose (olfaction), tongue (gustation) and hand (tactile sense). For example under the:
It is not often that you get to EAT your experiment, but here is your chance. If possible, bake a cake or a batch of cookies within smelling distance of the class. Popping popcorn is also a good idea. Have all the students describe the sounds, taste, smell, feel, sight of the food. Make a list of everything that was experienced by each of the senses. Of course eat the treats too and describe the texture of the food.
Explore the 5 senses in different "stations" around the classroom. Set up tables with hands-on materials for kids to touch, smell, taste, hear and see. Some possible station items:
Sensory Concentration Game
Sensory Sensory Pile On Game
Play "Sensory Pile On" by grouping words into touch, smell, taste, hearing and seeing piles.
Find an Experiment!(This lesson was developed by Randy Lehnen, middle school science teacher)
Goal: To learn something new and interesting about one of the five senses through an experiment of your choice.
The Franklin Institute also has some information about how the senses work together.
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