The Five Senses Contextual Items: Lisa Clark K-2nd Grade Sangamon Elementary October 12, 2003 ~30 minutes Prerequisite Knowledge: Students should have a complete knowledge of the five senses. They should know how to use each of the five senses and know how to use their senses to differentiate between objects. Goals and Student Activities: As a result of this lesson I want to make sure my students do have accurate knowledge of the five senses so later in our unit we can cover each of the five senses more in depth. Students will use their senses to do the activity and then reflect on these experiences in their science journals. Materials: Book My Five Senses by Aliki Word Tags: see, hear, taste, smell, and touch Science Journals Pencils Opening Activity: The teacher will begin by reading the book My Five Senses to the class. This will refresh their memories about the five senses and how to describe objects by using the five senses. Procedure: After reading the book the teacher will have a short discussion. I will ask, “What are the five senses?” and I will write the responses on the board. Next I will ask the students to give me words we can used to describe objects using each of the five senses. I will also write these on the board. I will have the students write this information in their science journals. Once the class has finished writing in their journals I will explain to them that we are going to be going outside for a walk. As we walk around outside they need to use all five of their senses when observing different objects. I will also explain to make sure they use all five senses to describe the objects because when we come back in they are going to have to draw pictures or write about what they observed. We will then go outside and take a walk around the schoolyard. We will spend about 15 minutes outside. When we come back inside I will give the students about five or ten minutes to write or draw their observations in their science journals. When I see that most students are finished I will ask for some volunteers to tell the class about what they observed outside. If the students don’t mention all five senses, I will ask them questions such as, “Could you smell something? What did it feel like? Did you see an animal? How did you know what type of animal it was?” I will have the word tags on the board and I will put their describing words under the appropriate tag and have them write this information in their journals. Assessment: Formative: I will ask the students a few follow up questions. We will review the five senses again and then I will ask, “Why do we need our five senses?” and “What can we do with our five senses?” Summative: I will have the children turn in their science journals and make sure if they didn’t have a clear understanding of the five senses before the activity that they do now. I can tell this by looking at the pre-activity entries and by what they wrote after being outside. Reflection: The teacher can reflect on the activity by asking questions such as “What went well in the lesson?” “What didn’t go well in the lesson?” “What should I do to help the lesson go more smoothly in the future?” “How much more instruction do the students need?” Closure: This activity is very important for students because it emphasizes how important each of the five senses are. It gives the students the opportunity to use all five of their senses and then describe different objects. Alternate Approaches: The teacher could ask some parent volunteers to come in for a short time to help manage the students outside. The students should be free to explore anything they want to outside but without extra help this might be kind of tough for the teacher. Extensions: The teacher can further the lesson of the five senses by going more into depth of each of the five lessons. He or she could have a separate lesson that is highlighting one of the five senses at a time. This is an excellent lesson. In terms of assessment, usually either formative or summative will suffice. Summative assessments usually come at the end of major units; it is the culminating type of assessment. I however, like your idea of comparing the pre and post. I was just wondering, what are those things that you will look for in both entries.