Lesson Plan

My Five Senses Portrait

This five senses art and writing lesson will give your students an up close and personal look at the five senses and themselves.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to make and label a five senses self-portrait.


(5 minutes)
  • Invite the class to gather for the start of the lesson.
  • Ask students to close their eyes, then clap your hands a few times. Ask the class to think about which of their five senses they just used.
  • Say, “Right! You used your hearing when you listened to me clap. What are the other senses you have?”
  • Engage the students in a brief discussion about the five senses (smell, sight, touch, taste, hear) record them on the whiteboard or chart paper to capture student thinking.
  • Provide small visuals (drawn or printed) next to each of the five senses recording on the board to support student understanding.
  • Add the five senses words to existing word wall for student reference.
  • As needed, review what the senses are by saying, “Our senses are how we learn about the world. When we use our different senses we are able to observe different things by listening, tasting, touching, looking, and smelling. When we observe the world, we are really paying careful attention and learning.”