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.
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.2.4Reading 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.1.3Craft and Structure CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.4Integration 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.
Spread collage materials on table, accessible to all children.
Hand out one mask and one glue stick to each child.
Encourage children to glue materials onto the mask, pointing out the different features our masks will need: eyes, nose, mouth, ears.
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.
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.
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.