The Five Senses and Science

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11919

Do you think of scientists as having all kinds of fancy tools, beakers, machines, lab coats, and other resources? You share the same basic "tools" with scientists, and you carry them with you all day!

categories

Scientific Method

subject
Science
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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What are the five senses? We don't mean five pennies or a nickel, but the ways you take in the sights and sounds around you! Learn how important they really are!

There are five senses that scientists use to explore, and you have them, too!

These senses are especially important for scientists to use while performing an experiment. Before you begin experimenting with your five senses, you will learn about each of them.

What do you use your eyes for? Tell your parent or teacher.

That's right! You use your eyes to see. Sight is a sense you are using right now to look at your computer or tablet. You can use your sense of sight to look at the picture below. Tell your parent or teacher what you see in the picture:

boy holding donuts to eyes

What do you use your nose for? Tell your parent or teacher.

You can use your nose to smell. Use your nose to smell right now. What do you smell? Share your answer with your parent or teacher.

After sharing, tell your parent or teacher what the boy is smelling in the picture below:

boy smelling flower

You use your body to touch. Try reaching out and touching something in your learning space. Your sense of touch can be used to feel textures in your environment, and also to feel temperatures! What is the little girl touching in the picture? Tell your parent or teacher.

That's right! She's using her hands to touch the tin cup and her face:

girl using can phone

What do you use your ears for? Tell your parent or teacher.

You can use your ears to hear. Hearing is another sense you use to listen to sounds. Listen to what is happening in your learning space. What do you hear? Tell your parent or teacher.

kids whispering

What did you eat for breakfast? How did it taste? Tell your parent or teacher.

Whenever you eat something, you are using your sense of taste. You can use taste to tell if something is sweet, salty, or bitter. How do you think the watermelon in the picture below tastes? Share your answer with your parent or teacher:

girl eating watermelon

Now that you learned about the five senses, you are ready to use them for some fun experiments! Before moving on to the Got It? section, click on the baby below to review what the five senses are:

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