Can You Taste the Four Types of Tastes?
Students will learn about the sense of taste. Students will be able to identify the four major tastes.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Tell your students that they will be learning about their sense of taste today.
- Go around the class and ask your students about the taste of the food they ate for breakfast.
- Have them explain using descriptive words.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (15 minutes)
- Tell your students to think about the food they plan on eating for lunch.
- Ask your students to name the food and describe if the taste of that food will be sweet, sour, salty, or bitter.
- Go around the class and ask your students about the name and taste of their food.
- Ask your students why none of them mentioned their food having a bitter taste, if that is true.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)
- Ask your students to complete the Sense of Taste worksheet with a partner.
- Ask your students to cut and paste the appropriate picture for each taste.
- Go over the worksheet as a class.
Independent Working Time (10 minutes)
- Ask your students to complete the Taste worksheet.
- Ask your students to draw and color something that they would taste at the farm, such as milk.
- Enrichment: Tell your students that there are some healthy foods that are sweet even though we are generally told that sweets are bad for us. Ask your students to name and draw five healthy foods that are sweet. Tell your students to color their pictures. Students should include sweet fruits and vegetables.
- Support: Say a name of a random food item. Ask your students to close their eyes and imagine the taste. Ask your students if the food is sour, salty, sweet, or bitter. Repeat this for 10-15 food items.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Conduct a short quiz on the four different types of taste.
- Name a food item for each taste, and have students record their answers on notebook paper.
- Put the spellings of each taste on the board.
- An example for a food item could be medicine. Students would have to put bitter as their answer.
Review and Closing (20 minutes)
- Ask your students to gather on the floor.
- Get a slice of potato and apple for each student.
- Conduct the experiment with your students from the A Taste Experiment worksheet.
- Ask them to record their answers on the worksheet.