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The Five Senses

Discover how the senses protect us and help us get to know the world. These activities are sure to keep your students engaged and excited about the five senses. Start exploring the five senses today with the activities below.

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SenseAble Me

  • Pretest

    This is an independent student activity testing their knowledge regarding the five senses, how they work, how to protect them, and how they can protect us. Students will maneuver through the Sensory Lab and answer multiple-choice questions.

    Delivery Methods:
    • Instructor-Led
    • Individual

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

  • Simon in the Cerebrum

    Come on in to Simon’s Sensory Lab! In this instructor-led activity, students will hear all about how our senses work and help us to experience the world around us. They will also discover the organs associated with each sense and how they work to protect us.

    Delivery Methods:
    • Instructor-Led
    • Individual

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

  • Simon Senses

    What controls each of the senses? The brain is the command center of the body. In this interactive activity, students will learn how the brain controls each one of the senses. The students connect images of the senses to the correct area of the brain that controls the specific sense.

    Delivery Methods:
    • Instructor-Led
    • Individual

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

  • The League of Extraordinary Senses

    In this animated activity, students will interact with the characters from The League of Extraordinary Senses. They will learn how the five senses protect us all the time. Students will go on a journey with Anne Marie to the park. On her way to the park, she encounters a number of potentially dangerous situations. Students will identify the correct superhero using their sense to avoid dangers.

    Delivery Methods:
    • Instructor-Led
    • Individual
    • Small Groups

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

  • SenseAble Me WebQuest

    This is an independent student activity focusing on the anatomy of the eye, as well as how it functions. Students will link to a website to learn about the anatomy of the eye, and how it functions. After the students have reviewed this site, they will be linking to fifteen other websites that contain optical illusions designed to fool the eye. Using the corresponding SenseAble Me WebQuest Worksheet, the students will record what they think they see.

    Delivery Methods:
    • Individual

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

  • Circus Story

    This is an independent student activity focusing on the student’s ability to describe things they may see at a circus using all five of their senses. Each student will receive aCircus Story Worksheet to record things they may feel, hear, see, smell, and taste at a circus. The students should take all of this information and create a story describing how they used all five of their senses during a trip to the circus.

    Delivery Methods:
    • Individual

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

  • What's That Taste?

    How do we taste, you ask? This lesson focuses on the tongue as the main part of the body used in the sense of taste. The students will be testing different tastes and noting where on the tongue that they taste them.

    Delivery Methods:
    • Instructor-Led
    • Small Groups

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

  • Hollywood Head

    Students will join Simon, his friend Sandy, the League of Extraordinary Senses, and theSenseAble Me cast of characters for a game of tic-tac-toe. This "Hollywood Squares"-style review game will put students’ knowledge to the test as they answer questions related to the five senses.

    Delivery Methods:
    • Instructor-Led
    • Individual Pairs

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

  • Interactive Video

    Simon from LearntobeHealthy.org and our health educator Vicki will guide viewers as they learn about the five senses at the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center. Using engaging activities and critical-thinking questions, this video along with the accompanying lesson plan will encourage Kindergarten through 3rd graders to make healthy choices. To learn more about your senses, try our other activities in the SenseAble Me eLearning Kit© on LearntobeHealthy.org. (Video running time 15:24)

    Delivery Methods:
    • Instructor-Led
    • Small Groups

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

  • Posttest

    This is an independent student activity testing their knowledge learned regarding the five senses, how they work, how they protect us, and how we can protect them. Students will maneuver through The Sensory Lab and answer multiple-choice questions. Individuals will be able to proceed at their own pace and answers will be anonymous.

    Delivery Methods:
    • Instructor-Led
    • Individual

    Educational Standards: Click here to view how this activity aligns with your state standards: View EdGate Standards

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