Teaching your kindergarten or first grade students about the five senses and how they use them to understand the world around them can be such a fun unit! There are so many ways you can get creative and hands-on in the classroom on this one. The best way to really engage your students in learning about the five senses is- you guessed it, letting them use them! Really let them smell, taste, feel, see, and hear during the activities.
There are an enormous amount of activities out there that you could use to teach this. It can be overwhelming to decide what lesson plans to go with. You want something fun, age appropriate, and engaging, but that is also based on standards.
With that in mind, I created an awesome, extensive five week long 5 senses activities unit!
This resource includes 5 full weeks of lessons, a journal (a great way to integrate literacy and writing in your lessons), 5 mini books, posters, inquiry lessons, detailed plans and more!
- Week one, your students will explore and learn all about the sense of touch.
- Week two explore the sense of sight
- Week three learn all about smell
- Week four explore hearing
- Week five explore taste
Additional Tips For Teaching The Five Senses
- Read books about the five senses. This helps give visuals and incorporate vocabulary into your science lessons.
- Get hands-on! Students love when they can get their hands dirty and really dive into an activity. Don’t shy away from it. There are so many cool ways to teach the senses.
- Use the scientific method in your lessons. Check out my post on teaching the scientific method here!
What is your favorite way to teach the five senses? Let me know in the comments.