Focus: In this unit, students will identify the body’s five different senses—seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touching. Students will explore what body parts are involved in each of these senses and experience how the senses interpret their surrounding environment. Students will also learn how we take care of the different senses and that certain devices can enhance or change how the senses work.

Students can identify their eyes, ears, hands, nose, and mouth. They also understand that these body parts help them understand and interpret their surroundings. Students may not understand how much information their senses collect or that these senses can become diminished or changed.

Students explore concepts that include the following:

  • Identify the five senses.
  • Identify and illustrate body parts associated with each of the senses.
  • Describe how each of the five senses allows us to monitor our environment.
  • Describe adaptive devices that can be of aid if the senses do not work optimally.
  • Describe wellness and safety practices for taking care of those parts of the body involve in sensing.

Number of Lessons: 7

  • Lesson time: Most Core Lessons constitute one classroom session of thirty to forty-five minutes. Some lessons cover two or three days of instruction. Some single-day activities and performance tasks might require setting aside a longer block of time.
  • Lesson order: The lessons are coherently sequenced to build from one to the next, linking student engagement across lessons and helping students build new learning on prior knowledge.
  • Because Our Five Senses is not designed to support any specific NGSS Performance Expectation, the instructional episodes are not grouped into multipart lessons. As such, they are identified simply as lessons instead of lesson segments.
  • Please note that a Pacing Guide is provided within the Teacher Guide so teachers can map out customized instructional days for this unit.

Additional Search Terms:

• sense • eye • see • sight • vision • ear • hearing • sound • nose • scent • smell • taste • tongue • touch • pain • pressure • eyeglasses • health • healthy • nonfiction • informational text

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