I first put this unit together because it was difficult finding fun and hands-on 5 sense activities to complete with my class. I know experimenting and hands-on learning is at the forefront so I have tried to put together some things my class would really enjoy. This set includes 38 pages, 32 of which are activities or pieces of activities. The other pages are instructions/examples.
Included in this packet is:
1) Classroom posters for each sense.
2) Mini storybooks entitled “I Can See!”, “I Can Hear”, “ I Can Touch”, “I Can Smell”, and “I Can Taste”. They are simple easy readers great for the beginning of the year when children are beginning to get familiar with reading. All repetitive books “I can see an apple tree. I can see a plane. I can see a dog.” etc. 8 page books, 4 pages to a sheet of computer paper.
3) A 5 senses girl labeling activity. Label the girl with the words “smell, hear, taste, see, touch”.
4) Fill in activity “I see with my _______.” Students find corresponding word to fill in the blank for each sense.
5) A 5 senses flipbook. I included word cards the students can cut and paste accordingly. Or, they could look through old magazines or draw pictures of things under each flap.
6) “How Things Feel” Experiment. (Directions within)
7) “It Smells” Experiment. (Directions within)
8) Things that smell good/bad activity. Students get a recording sheet and cut out the pictures to sort by things that smell good and things that smell bad. Could also use magazines and have students cut out pictures and sort them accordingly.
9) Things that taste good/bad AND things you should taste/shouldn’t taste recording sheet. There is a sorting set for these two sheets but again, students could always look through magazines to find pictures that would work or draw things as well.
10) Things I see at the beach/things I see at the zoo sorting activity. Students sort things they see at the beach and things they see at the zoo,
11) “How Things Taste” experiment. Students are each taught about the 4 main tastes first (salty, sweet, bitter, sour). Then they are given the recording sheet to cut out their pieces in preparation for the tasting activity. Pass out one food item to class at a time. Have them taste together, then discuss which taste category it fits under. Then the students glue it in the correct category.
12) My 5 Senses Walk. I gave my students clipboards and they took a pencil and we took a walk around our school campus using our 5 senses as a guide.. We drew pictures of things we experienced with our 5 senses on our walk. When we were done, we could see which senses we used most often while on a walk.
13) 5 Senses sorting cards. I use these as extra practice with my kiddos. They are just strips cut into 4ths and they need to complete the entire strip correctly with the word of the sense, the object you use to utilize the sense, a picture of the object you use to utilize that sense, and a picture of a child using that sense. Great center activity.
I hope you get as much use out of these activities as I did! My kids LOVE learning about their 5 senses and absolutely loved these activities…especially the experiment ones !!