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					                                     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

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.

 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.

        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

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.