Using Senses to Observe
The student will use senses as a tool of observation to identify properties and patterns of organisms, objects, and events in the environment.
The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to investigate the natural world.
Ten Activities for Teaching About the Five Senses: Education World (website) - Tips, suggested techniques and activity ideas for teaching young students about the senses.
The Five Senses: SEDL, PASO Partners (website) - Beginning with Lesson 1, an overview of our five senses, this series of lessons enables students to understand how we use our senses as tools to observe and understand the world around us, and to identify important properties and patterns within our environment. Lessons 2 - 6 focus on individual senses. Includes extensions and assessment.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
The Five Senses: Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow (website) - It is important for kindergarten students to have a clear understanding of each sense before they begin using senses as science tools. This website contains a series of investigations that focus on each of the senses individually.
Popcorn Science for All Five Senses! Education.com (website) - Students use all five senses to investigate popcorn and describe its properties.
Properties Matter – Bridging II TAKS Module 2 Using Tools to Explore Matter (PDF) – Observe the properties of matter using all five of your senses. Grade K investigation #1 page 3 - 14.
My Senses Tell Me: Science NetLinks (website) - Understand how we use the five senses to gather information.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
My Senses Tell Me: Science NetLinks (website) - Students use all their senses to gather information about the properties of different objects around them; document what they smell, taste, see, etc; and learn and discuss how our senses work together to help us discover new things about our environment.
Play the Senses Guessing Game: Education.com (website) - Students use their senses to figure out what kind of food is hidden in a container.
Five Days, Five Senses: University of North Carolina, Learn NC (website) – Learn about the five senses through observations and hands-on activities.
The Five Senses - Lesson 7: Altogether, Now - SEDL PASO Partners (website) - Use all five senses to observe the properties of many objects and substances.
Give each student a sour pickle in a plastic bag. Then have each student to use all five of his/her senses to observe the properties of the pickle and verbally describe how the pickle tastes, smells, feels, sounds and looks.
My Five Senses. Aliki (ISBN-13: 9780064450836)
You Can’t Smell a Flower with Your Ear. Cole, Joanna (ISBN-13: 9780448404691)
Our Five Senses: Gryphon House (website) - Students use their five senses as science tools to learn about the physical properties of objects around them.
Science of the Senses: Science NetLinks (website) - Understand how our five senses tell us about the world around us and how others compensate when one sense is lost.
The Senses – Working Together: Neuroscience for Kids (website) - Various investigations and games to learn about the five senses.
Exploring the Five Senses: University of North Carolina, Learn NC (website) – Describe how objects look, feel, smell, taste, and sound using all the senses.