To demonstrate the senses of taste and smell, I do a series of taste tests (one per week).
I do blindfolded taste tests of bite-sized bits of food, a drink test of small amounts of liquid (such as apple juice, lemon juice, sugar water etc). I also do a baby food taste test. I do a taste test where the child is blindfolded and first tries all of the foods while holding their noses and then tries them again after smelling each food before tasting it (this works best with foods that have distinctive smells such as oranges, chocolate, and beef jerky etc.)
An idea for examining body differences is to paint the bottom of each child’s left foot (or right if you prefer) and then place their foot onto a large piece of heavy paper. You can examine differences in size, shape, and (if the paint is just the right consistency) you can study the lines in the big toe just as you would in a fingerprint. Be sure to have a bucket of warm soap water and lots of towels by your side for washing off paint after making the child’s print.
During the first weeks of school is great time to do this activity. Have the children work in group of three or four. They will need string small sandwich Ziplocs and scissors. Let the children measure one another. Demonstrate with a small group first. Someone needs to lie on the floor. One child should hold the string at the bottom of the shoe of the person lying down. Another should stretch the string to the top of this person’s head. The third (you’ll need an adult to supervise) should cut the string at this time. The children can hold up their string and say “Fe fi fo fum, look how call I have become!” I then place this poem in a Ziploc bag and the children can take home this string and share it with there family.
Measure each child’s height and make a green strip of bulletin board paper that height. Each child makes a flower with a picture of their face in the center. Talk about things that grow, tallest/shortest, etc.
Objective: To make the connection between the different areas of the body where the senses are and their own bodies.
Steps: 1) Have each child lay down on large piece of paper and trace their body. 2) Give each child a green sticker and tell them to put it on the place where they have their sense of smell. 3) Continue with different colored stickers until you have covered all five senses.
One week prior to the activity, send home a note requesting the following items to be brought in: 2 marbles (or small balls) 1 small kitchen sponge 1 balloon 1 egg carton
After tracing the child on brown paper, have them glue on the marble “eyes”, the sponge “brain”, the balloon “heart” and the egg carton (cups cut out and strung together) spine. You can also use straws for veins, macaroni noodle intestines, etc.
We did an all about me theme and talked about the similarities and differences of one another. How we were all special. To show a difference in skin tones, I went to a local hardware store and got people colored paint swatches. The children then went to the paint swatches and found the one that matched their skin tone the closest. We then charted them along with eye, and hair color charts. The children enjoyed the activity a lot and were excited to find many of their friends with the same skin tones.
In our All About Me unit when we talk about our hearts, I demonstrate the pumping action by putting water in a balloon, then a straw. When you squeeze the balloon, water pumps out. The children learn about the heart as a pump and love getting sprinkled.
Take a class photo and cut out each child. Place them in a 12 oz. pop bottle and secure the lid. Have the kids find their picture in the bottle by turning the bottle.
When I teach the All About Me unit, we talk about how everyone is different and unique. We look at our skin color and note that no-one is really white or black, but SHADES of color. To demonstrate, I bring in several shades of knee-high stockings. The kids love to try them on their hands to change or match the shade of their skin!
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.
Ask the parents to bring in an old shoe of their child’s and plant a flower in their shoe.now the children can have their own plant in their own shoe.
When teaching an “all about me” unit, I explained how our vertebra fit together. To demonstrate this I cut apart each cup from an egg carton. I stacked them with a small tissue between each, to show cartilage. These tall stacks move the same as our spines do. The kids had fun assembling and reassembling their bones.
When learning “all about Me” I bring in my bathroom scale and some heavy objects, such as a red brick, a cinder block, a feather, etc. We weigh all the items separately. Then each child gets the opportunity to be weighed. We also have each child lay down on the floor and I use a piece of yarn to measure them from head to toe. I place these pieces of year onto a large piece of brown paper with their name on the top of each piece. They can then visually see who is taller or shorter. I place their weight next to their yarn string.
A great science for all about me, is to place large pictures of different expressions e.g. someone crying, laughing, surprised, mad.etc. Then place large unbreakable mirrors for them to try the expressions. It is a fun way to learn about expressions, and about what they look like expressing them!
We talk about the heart and then we listen to each others heart beat. After some exercise we listen again! Simple and the children love it!!