Come to your Senses
This TopicQuest was designed for Ms. Primrose's Pre-K Class at Hallmark Heights Head Start School
By Jennifer Cordell, a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher


Have you ever wondered how your ears, tongue, eyes, and nose work?  Have you ever thought about how you can touch something and know what it was without even seeing it?  All of these questions deal with something we call the five senses.  Our five senses include sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste.  This page is designed to give you more information about the five senses and how each of the senses works.

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  Encyclopedias are full of all sorts of great information. Try exploring this online encyclopedia to learn about your eye and how it works.
This Tasty site discusses the sense of taste.  It talks about the four basic kinds of taste.  They are sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.

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Check out this quest for information about the sense of touch.  This site provides many interesting questions, as well as, links to the answers about the sense of touch.
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Learn about the sense of smell by taking a trip with an odor particle as it travels up the nose, melts on the olfactory nerve, and tells the brain what it smells like.
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Play the Magic School Bus sound game to explore your sense of hearing. You get to match sounds to different objects, jobs, and sports.
Mr. Potato Head has a website that introduces the five senses. By clicking on his nose, you can learn about the sense of smell. The same goes for the eyes, hands, ears, and mouth. Mr Potato Head also has a variety of activities for learning the five senses.

Scenario Mission
Imagine that you are competing in a race.  In order to cross the finish line first, you must successfully pass each challenge. Each of these challenges deal with your knowledge of the five senses.  Before we begin, let's quickly review the web site with Mr. Potato Head and the five senses and then we'll be on our way.  The challenges are tough but I'm sure that you'll be ready.  So get your "sensing" shoes on and lets get started.  On your mark, get set, GO!!

Mission Steps
1.  Have the students sit in a big circle and pick one student to sit in the center.  Blindfold the student in the center and have one of the students in the circle call out the students' name.  See if the student in the center can point to where the student that called their name is.  See if they can guess which student called their name.

2.  Go outside of the room and call each student out individually.  Blindfold the student and have them taste an object and see if they can guess what the object is without seeing it, touching it, or smelling it. 

3.  Show the students an object and tell them to pay close attention to what the object looks like.  After a minute, hide the object and see if the students can draw the object that they saw. 

4.  Get a paper bag and put different objects in it.  See if the students can tell what the objects are without seeing them.

5.  Go outside of the room and call each student out individually.  Blindfold the student and have them smell something and see if they can guess what they are smelling without seeing it or touching it.

6.  After the students complete each challenge, ask them to tell you which sense they were using during the challenge.

7.  At the end of the lesson, have the students draw a picture of their favorite sense. (sight, touch, taste, smell, or hearing)

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