Throughout the five senses unit, students will be exposed to numerous interactive activities, books, projects, and games that will help them gain a better understanding of each of their five senses. Children learn everything through their five senses; it is how they comprehend the world around them. Having the opportunity to focus solely on their five senses by actually using their eyes, ears, mouths, noses and hands for an entire unit will help students better understand the importance of each of their senses. During the course of this unit, students will develop a greater understanding and appreciation for each of their five senses as well as the ability to name each of their five senses and communicate which body part is associated with each sense.
Students will gain a greater understanding of how ears help us to hear while focusing on the unique sounds of various instruments . They should also be able to identify and describe the individual sounds that instruments make. Students will have a chance to focus deeply on their sense of hearing in the center entitled Mystery Block Sounds when they are exposed to a wide range of items and encouraged to focus on the specific sound of each item. As far as focusing on the sense of sight, students will have many opportunities to observe numerous objects and encouraged to describe their physical attributes. The game and the activity “I Spy,” will instill observation and communication skills. Students will also discover what it is like to lose their sense of sight during our blind taste test and be forced to rely on their other four senses. The class will learn to follow their noses when smelling countless scents throughout the duration of this unit. From scented markers, to mystery bags and various types of food, students’ nostrils will be enveloped with both familiar and unfamiliar aromas. Students will familiarize their taste buds to a respective amount of flavors by tasting many types of sweet, sour, salty, and bitter foods. Students will also have the opportunity to express knowledge of their sense of taste as they sort foods in the home living area according to their characteristics. The five senses unit will conclude with a mysteriously delicious activity that will not only excite the students and their taste buds, but also their families and our community. Last but not least, students will explore their sense of touch by using their hands in almost every activity during the unit. By the end of the unit, the class should be able to list and describe objects that are wet, dry, soft, hard, smooth, and rough. I will provide many opportunities for students to feel different textures and share their thoughts and feelings about everything they lay their hands on. The Mystery Bag center will provide a wonderful and tricky learning experience as the students will be blindfolded and have to focus on their sense of touch and smell to try and figure out what each bag contains.
Students may recognize the importance of their five senses, but they do not often focus on each sense individually, or how they work together. The five senses unit will provide ample learning opportunities for the students to discover many things that they may not have noticed about their senses and themselves. This unit is essential to the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth and development of children.
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