My Five Senses

Objective

Objective
Learn to use the five senses in order to understand how to listen to the body’s nutrition and physical activity needs.
Key Teaching Messages
All bodies are unique and special.
We have five senses to experience the world: taste, sight, smell, hearing, touch.
You can control what goes in your mouth.
Performance Standards
NATIONAL PRE-K–2nd Grade HEALTH PERFORMANCE STANDARDS
Identify how the family influences personal health practices and behaviors.
Demonstrate healthy ways to express needs, wants, and feelings.
Common Core Standards: Kindergarten–Second Grade
Speaking and Listening:
Comprehension and Collaboration

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.4
Reading Literature:
Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.3
Craft and Structure
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.7
NIH Health Messages
Importance of food choices.
Building a food vocabulary and knowledge base.
This lesson lays the groundwork, for having children talk about their food likes and dislikes by using their senses and not simply words like yummy or yucky. Encourage children to describe how things look, feel and sound. Share a healthy snack together, and model using descriptive words like sweet and sour.
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Music & Movement
The Five Senses Song
The simple repetition in this song makes it easy for children to follow along. Whether you use our tune, or make up your own, children are usually singing along in no time.
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Music & Movement
The Hello Song
Ask children to share some of the songs they sing at home as part of their bedtime routines. You can also sing a variation of this song, substituting the words good night for hello.
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Music & Movement
The Clean-up Song
Just like a family meal, clean-up time is a family activity as well. In school, this song can be used with any lesson, and is a nice way to keep children moving through clean-up activities.
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Art
Five Senses Mask
Five Senses Mask
Five Senses Mask
Materials
  • Canvas mask
  • Collage materials (ribbon, feathers, felt, pipe cleaners, pompoms)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
Instructions
  1. Spread collage materials on table, accessible to all children.
  2. Hand out one mask and one glue stick to each child.
  3. Encourage children to glue materials onto the mask, pointing out the different features our masks will need: eyes, nose, mouth, ears.
Alternate Project
Materials
  • Cardstock mask
  • Collage materials
  • Glue Stick
  • Markers
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The mask project - with materials like pompoms, pipe cleaners and feathers - offers another opportunity to draw children’s attention to their senses. Ask them to describe how the materials look and how they feel. Emphasize that they are using their hands and fingers to feel and their eyes to see.
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Literacy
My Five Senses
My Five Senses
My Five Senses
Overview
My Five Senses, by Aliki, helps children understand the importance of using their five senses in making healthy food choices.
Aliki
Vocabulary
Action Words: hear, sight, smell, taste, touch
Body Words: ears, eyes, fingers, nose, tongue
Math Words: four, five, less, more, one, three
Challenge Words: aware, senses
Alternate Books
I Wonder
by Harriet Fishel
Jamberry
by Bruce Degen
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With younger children, feel free to read the book only halfway through, as you will have covered the five senses. Make the second half of the book an interactive experience by asking children to describe what they see.
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Did You Know?
 
Did you know that even children who repeatedly refuse to try new foods can change their minds?
It can take 8–15 tries before children may like eating a new food.
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Activities
Place three different foods on a plate. Help children describe how each food tastes, feels, and looks. Example: hard-boiled egg, pineapple slices, and whole grain crackers.
Take turns testing your senses. Close your eyes and try to guess by touching what the other player places in front of you.
The first player spies an object nearby and gives the second player 3 hints to guess the object.
Example: I spy something that is green, round, and small.
Answer: peas
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Recipes
Spread fat-free or low-fat cream cheese on whole wheat toast and place apple slices (or banana) on top.
On each half of a whole wheat English muffin, place a slice of low-fat cheese and a slice of tomato. Add raisins for the spots!
Combine salsa with fat-free or low-fat cottage cheese. Cut up carrot or celery sticks. Dip and enjoy!
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Printables
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  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Five Senses Song

    My Five Senses

  • Teaching Health Through

    Art

    Art

    Five Senses Mask

    My Five Senses

  • Teaching Health Through

    Literacy

    Literacy

    My Five Senses

    My Five Senses

  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Hello Song

    My Five Senses

  • Teaching Health Through

    Music & Movement

    Music & Movement

    The Clean-up Song

    My Five Senses

New Words
  • New Words

  • Eyes: See
  • Fingers: Touch
  • Mouth: Taste
  • Ears: Hear
  • Nose: Smell

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    Welcome to the EatPlayGrow forum! How have you integrated the 5 senses into your child(ren)'s life?
    Susan Lim 1 months ago
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    Using descriptive vocabulary is a fun way to use senses when exploring new foods. Its also fun to make up nonsense words for food descriptions.
    Meredith Smith 1 months ago
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