This is actually several assignments in one. It is created in Word, and not only involves performing 2 different labs (taste and smell) but also involves reading and answering questions for comprehension.
There are paragraphs with lots of interesting information to read, then several questions about the reading. After the questions have been answered, then the lab is performed. This applies to both the taste lab and the smell lab. I break this lab up over the course of 2 class periods. If you teach on a block schedule (i.e. 90 minutes), then both labs can be performed during the same class.
The taste lab involves the use of Zotz candy (a 70's favorite), but any sweet/sour candy can be used (Lemonheads, Warheads) with very limited modifying or tweaking to this assignment. We also drink some water and then eat some pretezels to assess the salty zones of our mouth and tongue. Then it's on to the smelling lab. . .
The smelling lab involves the use of 7 scents - lemon scented household cleaner, bleach, vinegar, vanilla extract, peppermint extract, cinnamon and coffee.
This lab is loads of fun - be prepared for lots of laughter as the students pair up and try to identify scents and tastes (sometimes with their eyes closed!). It is a reading/answer-the-questions assignment and a lab all in one.
The KEY is included.
I've also attached a copy of just the portion of the lab with the reading and the questions to answer. I use this for students who are absent and need to have an assginment to make up the day's work without having to prepare/perform a lab all over again.
This assignment is a Word document that is used on the computer with a drop box such as Blackboard, PowerSchool or School Space. It can be quickly and easily converted into a printable paper copy by simply removing the asterisks and adding lines for the students to write their answers instead of typing them. I use this format often so that we can save paper by using electronic copies of assignments.
The student answers the questions by placing the cursor between the red asterisks and begins typing the answer - that way they can easily see that they've answered the question and I can easily grade the assignment by reading what they've typed in red. The students' completed assignment will look much like your answer KEY (provided their answers are correct!). I love technology!
If you'd like to make this a printable copy, just remove the red asterisks and type in lines for the answers to the questions. Easy!