My Five Senses

by

Christine Scott

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My Five Senses

What can be more fascinating to preschool children than learning to use their five senses.  They have fun touching, seeing, hearing smelling and tasting.

In this unit there some exciting activities, ideas and suggestions for teaching the Five Senses to preschool children.

OVERVIEW

Objective:

.1. The children will be able to understand and associate body parts with the senses.

2 The children will be able to incorporate sensory activities in several areas in the curriculum.

Skills: 


LAUNCHING THE THEME
    Begin by explaining that we have five senses that tell us about the world around us.
        Ask: Can anyone name any of the senses?

Fill in gaps in students  knowledge by discussing  our senses: Example: Our sense  of sight helps us to see the world around us.

Prepare a Big Book:  On the first page write the title, on subsequent pages write the following senses for each sense, one set of sentence per page.

I see with my eyes

I see__________________

1. SIGHT

    Use a full length mirror

    tree walk walk in the playground and discuss trees of various sizes and colors

    Games.....Memory games

SOCIAL SKILLS

    Eye colors--discuss colors of children's eyes

    Expression- show how you look when you are angry, sad, happy

    Jungle Journey-take children on a make-believe journey

LANGUAGE ARTS

    Storybook time

        Goggles by Ezra Jack Keats

        Arthur's Eyes by Marc Brown

MUSIC

        Sing: This is the way I open my eyes, shut my eye

VISUAL ARTS

        Eyeglasses-Make glasses our of tag board

 

2. TASTE

        Oral Language

        Discussion and sample foods that are sweet  (cookie) sour (lemon) salty (prestle)

        sort foods that are sweet

        sort foods that are salty

        sort foods that are sour

LANGUAGE  ARTS

        Read Story:  The Gingerbread Man by Paul Galdone

        The Very Hungary Caterpillar by Eric Carle

MATH

        Whole or half

        Cut fruit in half, in thirds,  and in fourths

        Count apples halves, banana fourths

        Count oranges thirds

 

3. HEARING

        Language Arts

        Read Story: City Mouse and the Country Mouse

        Children participate and make sounds of animals

        The cows in the field "Moo-Moo"

        The frogs in the creek croaked "Ribbit-Ribbit"

        The horse in the barn, "Neigh, Neigh"

City sounds

        cars honking

        fire trucks

        police sirens

4. TOUCH

        Social Skills

            Body parts-allow children touch their own body parts while singing "I touch my heads like this, I touch my shoulders like this, I clap my hands like this"

SORTING

Identify

ART

        Fingerprint Fun

5. SMELL

        Movement

STORYBOOK

        Clifford Followed his Nose by Norman Bridwell

   


References compliments of http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/5senses.htm
See also http://www.fragrancex.com/Fragrance-Information/the-science-of-taste-and-smell.html


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