Lesson Plan Four: Sense
of Taste and The Tongue
Lesson Topic/Subject: The tongue/Science and
Grade Level: 1 /2
Teacher: Michelle Curtiss
This lesson will work better if taught in
smaller groups or as a center.
- Students will be able to differentiate
between the four basic tastes of the tongue. Analysis.
- Students will be able to record their
favorite likes, dislikes, and favorite foods and create a graph.
- Students will use the graph to compare the
tastes of the class. Evaluation.
- 24 copies of the taste worksheet
- Numbered containers with slices or pieces
of (enough for 24):
- dill pickle
- bitter chocolate
- potato chip
- jelly bean
- mint candy
- 96 small pieces of construction paper for
students to write their name on for the graph (four cards per each
- Picture cards for bulletin board of all of
the foods tasted, including the word cards sour, salty, bitter and
- Thumbtacks or tape
Part I: The
- Prepare the food by making slices and
putting them into containers. Number the containers one through
eight. Put out in the order of the worksheet.
- Tell students that they will be trying
different foods that have very different and noticeable
- Have the students taste the food in
container one and record on the worksheet their reaction by
coloring the happy face if they like it, or the sad face if they
donít like it. Then the students taste the food in
container two and record their reaction.
- Next, have the students choose his/her
favorite taste and write an "X" by it in the "My Favorites" column
on their worksheet.
- The students continue taste testing and
recording the rest of the foods in order.
- Prepare the bulletin board for the graph.
Make food picture cards with the name of all the foods we tasted
and also cards with sour, salty, bitter and sweet.
- Give the students four pieces of small
construction paper and tell them to write their names on the
- Tell the students to tack or tape
(depending if you are putting the graph on a bulleting board or on
the chalkboard) his/her cards above their favorite choice in each
of the four basic taste groups.
- After all of the students have finished the
graph, ask students to make comparisons. What taste group has the
most names by it? Why do you think this? What taste group has the
least? And other comparisons that the students can come up
Evaluation of student
- Did all the students participate in the
taste test and record their answers?
- Were the students able to help create the
- Did the students evaluate the graph and
make good comparisons?
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