Five Senses Unit Plan Amber Kelly
Five Senses Unit Plan • 7 day unit plan • Intended for preschool children • Introduces the five senses and their uses in exploring our environment • Brief discussion of parts of body used for each
Analyze Learners • 2 to 4 year old preschool children • Fully inclusive classroom • Parents fully involved • Hands-on activities to best support age group
State Objectives • Social-Emotional Standard 4.8 Acknowledges accomplishments positively. • Art Standard 1.1 Participates in music related activities. • Physical Standard 1.3 Uses utensils and writing tools. • Language-Literary Standard 2.1 Listens attentively to literature.
State Objectives Cont. • Science Standard 1.6 Uses senses and a variety of tools to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships. • 21C.O.PK-2.2.LS.4 Student engages in discovery, exploration, and experimentation to reach unexpected answers. Student makes unusual associations and provides a variety of solutions to problems.
Select Media and Material • Computer/ Internet • Lemonade • Candy • Potato Chips • Unsweetened Chocolate • Shaving Cream • Sand Paper • Play Dough • Tape • Piece of fake fur • Small Plastic Canisters • Vanilla Extract • Bananas • Onions • Coffee Grounds • Peppermint Extract • Cinnamon • Garlic • Vinegar • Cotton Balls • Books • Pans • Wooden Spoons • Plastic Spoons • Variety of Noise Makers • Handouts
Select Media and Material Cont • The Five Senses Lesson Plans http://www.preschoolrainbow.org/5senses.htm • Preschool Five Senses Game http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/fivesenses/games.htm • The Five Senses http://members.tripod.com/~preschoolresource/august2.html • Five Senses Interactive Picture Book http://www.kizclub.com/sensesstory/see.html
Utilize Media and Material:Day 1: Introduction • Introduction to the five senses • Review location of nose, ears, mouth, eyes, and hands • Sing five senses song • Explore interactive five senses online book • Review handout for parents
Day 2: Taste • Song about senses of taste • Discuss mouth and four types of taste • Sample lemonade/ sour, candy/ sweet, potato chips/ salty, and unsweetened chocolate/ bitter • Read Taste by Maria Rius • Review handout for parents
Day 3: Smell • Song about senses of smell • “What’s that smell?” game • Read Smell by Maria Rius • Review handout for parents
Day 4: Touch • Song about sense of touch • Experiment with shaving cream/ slimy, sandpaper/ rough, play dough/ squishy, tape/ sticky, fake fur/ soft • Read Touch by Maria Rius • Review handout for parents
Day 5: Hearing • Song about hearing • Use objects to make sounds • Explore loud/ quiet and high/ low sounds • Read Hearing by Maria Rius • Review handout for parents
Day 6: Sight • Song about senses of sight • “I Spy” game • Read Sight by Maria Rius • Review handout for parents
Day 7: Review • Sing songs from the previous days • Have “senses party” • Sensory rich environment free to be explored • Review game with computer • Read The Five Senses by Herve Tullet
Required Learner Participation • Regular schedule throughout unit plan • Short, fun activities • Children participate in group activities • Games and materials left out at a center for children to explore throughout the day on their own
Evaluate and Revise • All evaluation through participation and observation • Art and Language/Literacy judged through participation • Social/ Emotional and Physical judged through more objective osbervation • Science and Technology judged through more subjective observations