Super Senses! Exploring the 5 Senses

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This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson covering the 5 senses, human anatomy, and brain function. It is designed to reinforce core science subject material while also incorporating social-emotional learning and 21st Century skills and concepts.

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FutureFit Project - The 5 Senses
FutureFit Project - The 5 Senses
FutureFit Project - The 5 Senses

OVERVIEW:

This FutureFit lesson is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 unit lesson on human anatomy (exploring the 5 senses) for grades 4-6 Science by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts with a set of FutureFit social-emotional and 21st Century Skills.

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

Students will explore the 5 senses of smell, sight, taste, hearing, and touch through various activities and participate in a series of experiments designed to produce measurable output for each of the 5 senses.

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

It is suggested that students should have familiarity with the following subject material as background for this lesson:

  • A basic understanding of human anatomy
  • A basic understanding of the 5 senses
  • A basic understanding of brain function
  • A basic understanding of the scientific method

SEQUENCE AND PACING

This project-based lesson includes enough material for use in five 45-minutes periods of instruction. If a more focused lesson is appropriate, select the 3-day Short Lesson. The Concept Check version provides activities which reinforce the core math concepts.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (suggested):

  • Internet access

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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