Exploring the Five Senses Project-Based Learning Unit

A Comprehensive Lesson on the 5 Senses - Taste, Touch, Sight, Smell, and Hearing

Learn about the 5 senses, experiment with smell, taste, and touch, create a working homunculus, explore the variations of scent by experimenting with a "Super Sniffer," and synthesize that knowledge by designing and creating an online comic strip featuring a superhero with super senses!

Your students will learn all about the 5 senses of touch, taste, sight, smell, and hearing while applying research, experimentation, and descriptive writing skills in this complete project-based learning unit on the 5 senses for grades 4-6 science. They'll learn all about each of the 5 senses, explore each one in detail with various experiments, discover the answers to challenging senses-related inquiry questions, and then create and present an online comic strip of their own featuring a superhero with super senses.

What's Inside

Packed with hands-on inquiry-based activities, extensions and enhancements, cross-curricular independent and group work, and engaging and interactive challenges, this 73-page project-based unit comes complete with:

  • For the Teacher: A complete Five Senses Lesson Plan with step-by-step instructions for all activities, teaching tips, assessment guidance, and inquiry questions.
  • For Students: A full-color Student Pack complete with all of the printables, slides, photos, and instructions students need for the research, experiments and activities - just print (or share) and teach!

A complete, ready-to-teach Teacher Pack that includes:

  1. Teacher versions of all the student printables with step-by-step annotations and notes for teaching the 5 senses;
  2. Formative and summative assessments, answer keys, and a full project rubric;
  3. Instructions and guidance for the extension activities and project enhancements;
  4. Materials and resources lists, links to articles, videos, and research, plus additional resources for lecture and presentation.
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Lesson Plan - Exploring The Five Senses Project-Based Learning Lesson
Teacher Pack - Exploring The Five Senses Project-Based Learning Lesson
Student Pack - Exploring The Five Senses Project-Based Learning Lesson

OVERVIEW:

This project-based learning lesson is designed to support and reinforce the concepts taught as part of a science lesson or unit on the 5 senses. It is built around 5 inquiry-based milestones that incorporate cross-curricular hands-on projects, formative and summative assessments, independent and group activities, and extensions.

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

In the course of this project-based learning unit, students will:

  • Build background knowledge about the 5 senses by researching and studying each in detail;
  • Explore the specifics of each sense using different experiments, such as creating a homunculus or a "super sniffer;"
  • Research and understand how the senses work together to provide continuous information to the brain;
  • Participate in a variety of inquiry-based challenges for each of the 5 senses;
  • "Show what they know" by using their research, experiments, and descriptive writing skills to produce an online comic strip featuring a superhero who has a combination of "super senses."

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

Students will acquire necessary background knowledge of the 5 senses as part of this project, and instructional materials for providing that background are included in the Teacher Pack. 

SEQUENCE AND PACING

This project-based unit is divided into 5 milestones. The minimum suggested duration for completing this project-based unit is 5 class periods. However, the unit is completely flexible can be lengthened or shortened as necessary or desired, based on available class time and interest level.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (suggested):

  • Internet access
  • Presentation software (Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides)
  • Access to the MakeBeliefsComix website (provided)

 

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

These activities support the following NGSS curriculum standards:

  • 4-LS1-2: Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
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