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My Five Senses
Students will be able to identify and describe the five senses.
- Tell the students you are going to talk about their five senses.
- Ask students to give you a thumbs up if they can name the five senses.
- Review the senses and what they do, then play the Five Senses video.
- Have students listen once to the words, then play the song again and encourage them to join in with the singing.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(15 minutes)
- Give the students the chance to participate in a peer conversation about the five senses using the Think-Pair-Share protocol. Review the rules by creating a chart titled "Think-Pair-Share."
- Sit knee to knee with a partner
- Take turns
- Listen to your partner
- If students are not familiar with the protocol, model engaging in a collaborative conversation with a student volunteer. Model active listening by maintaining eye contact. Remind students that to limit their discussion to the topic that is being discussed.
- Make sure all students are facing a partner. At your signal, allow students silent think time to consider what they know about their five senses. Then, instruct students to take turns to share with their partner what they know.
- Call the group back together. Choose student volunteers to share their own or their partner's thinking. Record student thoughts on the chart paper.
- Prompt students to name a sense and which body part is used with that sense. Encourage students to build on one another's thinking by asking them to provide examples of ways that each sense is used. ("I use my ears to hear. I listen to music." or "I use my nose to smell. I smell delicious cookies baking in the oven.")
- Read aloud My Five Senses. Tell students to pay attention to other ways that the five senses are used that are not already included on the chart.
Guided Practice(15 minutes)
- Make five groups with your students.
- Assign one of the senses to each group. That group will be in charge of completing the worksheet that goes with their sense and reporting back to the class.
- Review the rules for group work time: 1) Talk to your group about the topic 2) Listen to others 3) Take turns
- Allow students time to complete the worksheet with their group. Remind students to talk about what they learned in the book, as well as what they already knew about their five senses as they work. Group members should take turns to draw as many items as possible on each worksheet.
- Call the whole group back together. Allow each group a few minutes to share their poster with the class.
Independent working time(10 minutes)
- Have students complete the My Five Senses worksheets on their own.
- Once all the students have completed the worksheet, have them compare their response with a partner. Encourage students to justify their thinking by explaining why they matched each sense with each picture. Ask students to consider whether there could be more than one correct way to match the pictures.
- Have advanced students write the names of things that go with each sense.
- Provide struggling students with one-on-one assistance.
- Give each student a folded piece of paper.
- Ask students to draw a picture for each sense in each box. They should make sure to include the names of the senses.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- To close out the lesson, have the students review the five senses by calling out each sense chorally as they point to the associated body part.