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All About Our Senses
Lesson Objective
Students will be able to identify all five senses and use each sense to try to identify objects.
Background Information for Teacher
Student Prior Knowledge
variety of small bites of easily identified foods (keep allergies in mind)
brown paper bags
variety of small toys
familiar animal sounds
variety of lightly scented oils (or objects)

Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Stand in front of the room perform some unusual action (such as whistling or waving your arms around). Once the student is paying
attention ask what they saw (or heard) you doing. How did they know you were making that movement(sound)? We use our
sense every day to identify sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures around us. Ask the student (and allow for answers) the
following questions:
If you pet a kitten, how does it feel?
If you bite into an ice cream cone, what does it taste like?
What do we hear every day at the end of the school day?
If someone is cooking, what might you smell?
If you close your eyes, turn to the right, and open them, what do you see?
Each day we use all five sense: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch to explore the world. Ask the student to identify how
each sense is experienced. Sight = eyes, Smell = nose, Taste = tongue (mouth), Hearing = ears, Touch = hands (feet)
Tell the student they are going to use their sense to try to identify objects found at home. Explain that they will only be using one
sense at a time to try to identify each object.
Start with sight as it is the easiest and a confidence builder. Sit out five to seven small objects under a towel. Tell the student that
they are to close their eyes until you say to open them. While their eyes have the student grab an object from under the towel. Once
the student has the object have them open their eyes and identified the object, repeat for each object.
Explain to the student that the next sense is sometimes a little harder to use, the sense of smell. Pour a small amount of scented oil,
or a spice into a bowl. Blindfold the student then ask the student to smell the oil or spice and stand when they think they can identify
it. Repeat for at least two more scents.
Move on to the sense of hearing (sound). Tell the student that you are going to play a familiar sound (Play Sounds) and when they
can tell what sound is being made, to stand up. Repeat for at least five separate sounds.
The sense of touch will require a brown paper bag and several small toys. Place two or three small toys in the bag and have the
student reach in and feel the shape. Ask the student to try to identify the object. Choose shapes that are relatively easy to identify.
The final sense will be taste, this is great at snack time. Offer the student small bites of food that does not look like the bigger item
(watermelon squares, orange bits, apple squares, or broken graham crackers). Have the student describe the taste.
Explain to the student that they have just used all five senses to learn more about their world.

Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheet for extra practice
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Sound Shakers
Materials: paper plates, staplers, kidney beans, pasta, cotton balls, rice, pennies, small paper clips, pebbles, marbles
Invite the student to decorate the backs of two plates and create sound shakers.
Staple the students sets of plates together, leaving a 2-inch opening for inserting small
Offer kidney beans, pennies, paper clips, or other items for student to insert between their
Staple the student plates shut. Then encourage them to test their sound shakers.
Guide the student to compare the sounds different items make in the shakers. Encourage
the student to identify which items make the loudest, softest, highest, and lowest sounds.
Submit a picture or video of your completed Sound Shakers and earn $5 Funbucks!