An Introduction to the Senses_Edited by Latanya

For students of any age up to 2nd grade.

An Introduction to the Senses

Therese R. Tobecksen           St. Andrew the Apostle
19702 Calumet                  331-155th Place
Lowell IN 46356                Calumet City IL 60409
(219) 696-2959                 (708) 862-4143


Primary students will identify body parts associated with the five senses. They will name the five senses.  They will perform simple experiments involving the senses. 

Materials Needed:

Several empty 35 mm film canisters, baby powder, lemon, jar of dill pickles, 
cinnamon, peppermint oil, chocolate, unpopped popcorn, salt, air popper,   
fresh dill weed, fresh mint leaves, small fabric samples of various textures, 
sheets of various grades of sand paper


   Begin by making air popped popcorn for the students.  Discuss all the ways in 
which they were able to know that popcorn was popping.  Allow students to eat 
some popcorn and continue discussion.  Divide students into groups of four or 
five.  Distribute numbered film canisters containing lemon, dill pickle, 
cinnamon, peppermint, chocolate, and baby powder.  Students will discriminate 
between the six smells and write the appropriate number next to each on a list. 
After students have completed the smelling activity, allow them to see what was 
in the  six canisters.  Give students the opportunity to see fresh dill weed and 
   Distribute each film canister containing salt or popcorn kernels.  Students 
will shake the canisters and be able to distinguish between the two sounds.  A 
student will walk around the room shaking the canister.  Students cover their 
eyes and point to where the sound is coming from.  Students repeat the activity 
covering one ear at a time. 
   Students will be given the opportunity to taste either a piece of chocolate 
or a dill pickle.  They will be asked to try to determine where on the tongue 
the taste buds are located for the tasting of sweet and sour.  After students 
conclude that sweet is tasted on the tip of the tongue, discuss the reason why 
we like ice cream cones and lollipops.  Students should be led to discover that 
sour things are tasted on the sides of the tongue toward the front. 
   With eyes closed or wearing blindfolds, students will be given pairs of 
circle shapes cut from various types of fabric and various grades of sandpaper.  
Students will attempt to match two like circles. 

Performance Assessment:

   Students will point to their body parts that are associated with each of the 
five senses.  Students will draw a head and a hand print and label the sense of 
touch, taste, sight, smell, and vision on the drawing.