Lesson Plan Seven:
Lesson Topic/Subject: The Five
Grade Level: 1 /2
Teacher: Michelle Curtiss
- Students will identify the five senses.
- Students will use their sense of touch,
sense of sight, sense of hearing, sense of smell, and sense of
taste to distinguish different objects, sounds, smells and tastes,
and write their answers in the booklet. Comprehension.
- 24 copies of "Let's Investigate The Senses"
- 8 dark colored socks with 8 different
objects in each one
- 8 different objects covered with a
- 8 film canisters with different
- 8 film canisters filled with cotton balls
and 8 "smells"
- Sugar, salt, baking soda and flour (for
- Paper plates and paper towels
- Water and little cups
- Parents for help
- The book Sense
- Tell students that today we will be
"testing" all of our senses to see how well they work on their
- Ask students what are the five senses. Ask
students how could we test each one. (Use sense vocabulary: an
object may feel soft, hard, rough, smooth, light, heavy,
- Explain to students that we have five
different stations set up around the room with experiments for
them to do to test their senses. Tell students that I will assign
them to a group, and they will stay with their group. I will tell
them when they can rotate to the next station.
- Tell students that I will be quickly
describing what they will be doing at each station. Go by the
station and show students while describing what they will be
- Tell students that the first station has
eight socks with different objects in each one. Tell students that
the socks are closed off with a rubber band so that they can't
peek with their eyes. They will have to feel with their feet, so
take off your shoes. Then, try and guess what is in the sock, and
draw a picture of what they think the object is in each sock in
the booklet that I will give them. Ask if they have any
- Tell students that the second station
focuses on their sense of sight. A parent will show the students
some objects on the table. Then, she will cover the objects with a
towel and remove one of the objects, before lifting the towel.
Tell the students that they have to remember which object is
missing, and draw a picture in their book of the missing object.
The parent will tell the children if they are right. Ask if they
have any questions.
- Explain to the students that the third
station makes them use their sense of hearing. Tell them there are
eight different film canisters filled with different items:
cheerios, rice, a marble, buttons, a paper clip, beans, unifix
cube, and pennies. The students have to shake the canisters and
listen to what is inside. Then, tell the students that they will
mark the number in their booklet of what they think the sound is.
Ask if they have any questions.
- Tell the students that the fourth station
has eight canisters with different foods with distinctive smells.
Each student will smell the canister and guess what it smells
like. Either it will be a banana, an orange, an apple, cinnamon,
vanilla, lemon, green pepper or an onion. They will draw a picture
in their book of what their guess is inside. Ask if they have any
- Explain to the students that the fifth
station has four different white powders: salt, sugar, flour and
baking soda. The students will taste the powders and try and guess
what it is. Tell the students that there will be glasses of water
to rinse their mouths out because they may not like the tastes.
Tell the students that they must swallow the water, and there will
be no spitting water out. In their booklets, they will write what
they think each taste is. Ask if they have any questions.
- Ask students if they have any
This may have to be planned for the
- After every group has been to all the
stations, regroup on the carpet and open the socks up to see what
is inside, and the students can see how many objects they guessed
- Then have a class discussion about what all
the experiments were for. Ask the students how we were exploring
using our senses. Ask what they learned by using their senses. Ask
what they liked about "Sensorama."
- I also have a great sense book called
Sense Suspense, which I will read to them if we have enough
Evaluation of student
- Did the class identify the five senses? Did
students use sense vocabulary words for description of the
- Observe the students as they are at the
stations and observe their booklets. Were the students able to use
their senses to help them answer the questions as best as they
could? Were the students interested in exploring? How well did
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