For my All About Me unit, we discover how unique we are by making our fingerprints with ink. Each child makes their print and their name is written next to it. I then place these fingerprints in the science area with magnifying glasses so they can see that no-one has the same print. No-one in the whole world has a print just like theirs!!!
Objectives: 1. The students will be able to identify the five senses of sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. 2. The students will be able to choose and participate in three to five different activities using different senses. 3. The students will be able to categorize the museum activities by the senses they used during each activity.
Pre-Visit Activities: 1. Exploring the five senses involves some basic understanding of the parts of the human body associated with each sense. Class discussion and small group activities demonstrating what our bodies can tell us about the world around us provides the foundation for further study and exploration. 2. Conducting such visits prior to the museum visit will provide students with the knowledge and understanding necessary to participate more fully in the sensory activities and exhibits. 3. Pre-Visit activities associated with the study of senses could be but are not limited to experiences such as taste tests, cooking activities, freely boxes, smelling jars, listening activities, etc.
On-Site Activities: Children will participate in choosing three to five activities and identifying the senses associated with that activity.
Follow-Up Activities: 1. Follow-Up activities would include sorting the class experiences by sense and constructing graphs showing which activities fall under which sense, our favorite sensory activities, a cooking activity and the recreation of some of the favored activities, 2. A “thank-you” letter to the Capital Children’s museum complete with drawings of our favorite exhibits would provide further reinforcement for students as well as feedback for the museum staff.