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Using Senses to Observe

Using Senses to Observe

TEKS Objective

The student will use senses as a tool of observation to identify properties and patterns of organisms, objects, and events in the environment.

Essential Understanding

The student uses age-appropriate tools and models to investigate the natural world.

Science Background

Ten Activities for Teaching About the Five Senses: Education World (website) - Tips, suggested techniques and activity ideas for teaching young students about the senses.

Ten Activities for Teaching About the Five Senses
Education World,

Signature Lesson

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.

The Five Senses
SEDL, PASO Partners

Supporting Lessons

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.

The Five Senses
Gayle's Preschool Rainbow

Popcorn Science for All Five Senses! (website) - Students use all five senses to investigate popcorn and describe its properties.

Popcorn Science for All Five Senses!

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.

Teacher Guide

Student Pages

My Senses Tell Me: Science NetLinks (website) - Understand how we use the five senses to gather information.

My Senses Tell Me


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.

My Senses Tell Me
Science NetLinks,

Play the Senses Guessing Game: (website) - Students use their senses to figure out what kind of food is hidden in a container.

Play the Senses Guessing Game

Five Days, Five Senses: University of North Carolina, Learn NC (website) – Learn about the five senses through observations and hands-on activities.

Five Days, Five Senses

The Five Senses - Lesson 7: Altogether, Now - SEDL PASO Partners (website) - Use all five senses to observe the properties of many objects and substances.

The Five Senses-Lesson 7

Assessment Ideas

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.

Literature Connections

My Five Senses. Aliki (ISBN-13: 9780064450836)

You Can’t Smell a Flower with Your Ear. Cole, Joanna (ISBN-13: 9780448404691)

Related Science TEKS

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools.

(K.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

Related Math TEKS

K.8A    Describe and identify an object by its attributes using informal language (including shape, size, type, color, texture, or use).

Additional Resources

Our Five Senses: Gryphon House (website) - Students use their five senses as science tools to learn about the physical properties of objects around them.

Our Five Senses
Gryphon House,

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.

Science of the Senses

The Senses – Working Together: Neuroscience for Kids (website) - Various investigations and games to learn about the five senses.

The Senses - Working Together
Neuroscience for Kids

Exploring the Five Senses: University of North Carolina, Learn NC (website) – Describe how objects look, feel, smell, taste, and sound using all the senses.

Exploring the Five Senses
University of North Carolina


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