Can You Feel It?-Exploring Our Sense of Touch

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Students will be able to describe what their sense of touch is and the body structure associated with it by creating a book identifying textures detected by touch.

Big Idea

Observation is such an important part of science work. This lesson helps students better understand what their sense of touch is, preparing them for using it as part of their science observation skills.


5 minutes

This lesson is a follow-up to the inquiry based lesson, Using Our Sense of Touch.  In this lesson, the students' understanding of this sense will be expanded.

I keep the structure of the second lesson for this sense similar to the others.  Kindergarteners rely on predictability and it makes it much easier for them to focus on content when they know what is going to happen next.  The best advice I have ever received in regards to teaching kindergarten is to follow routines and keep things predictable whenever possible.  It really does work!

I like to begin the second lesson of each five senses lessons with a YouTube video song.  The songs do a great job of reinforcing the different senses and the structure responsible for both.  Today,we will be listening to and singing Five Senses by Hi-5 .  This is a catchy song that I find the kids singing throughout the day.  There is a commercial at the begin, so I would suggest you cue the video in advance of playing it.


After the song, the students gather around my chair for a story.


15 minutes

For this part of the lesson, you will need the chart paper from the previous lesson that you recorded what the students know about their sense of touch.  You will also need an introductory book on the five senses.  I like to use the book Touching by Rebecca Rissman.  This book covers the sense of touch at a very basic level and links touch to the overall five senses.  It gives basic information about our sense of touch and different things that we can detect with our sense of touch. The book is written at the perfect level for kindergarten and it is available in English and Spanish.  It can be purchased through many bookstores, including Amazon.

I begin the lesson by reviewing what the students put on the chart.  I then say to the students,  Today we are going to read a book to give us more information about our sense of touch and our five senses.  When we are done reading, we will add what we learned to our chart.

I then read the story to the students.  We talk about how this book is a non-fiction or expository text and that we can read this type of book to learn information.  We discuss how scientists use non-fiction texts in their work.  We then move over to the Smartboard to expand our learning. 

Guided Practice

15 minutes

For this portion of the lesson, I use my SmartBoard.  If you have a SmartBoard, the file Touch can easily be downloaded and opened.  If you have a different type of interactive whiteboard, you can still use this lesson by opening the file in Smart Notebook Express.  Click here to download. There is also a PDF of the slides so you can recreate this part of the lesson.  Click here to access them:  Touch Smartboard Slides PDF.

I gather my students in front of the Smartboard.  I have cards with each student's name printed on.  To avoid any unintentional bias on my part, I use the cards to call on the students.

I explain to the students that we will be exploring the different things our sense of touch allows us to to detect. 

We begin working at the Smartboard with the students going up and circling which thing matches the type of touch in the directions on each slide.  Because not as many students will get the opportunity to go up, I have them discuss with a partner which thing should be circled. 

This lesson is very rich in vocabulary.  The students will get further reinforcement in the next section of the lesson that uses realia.

Independent Practice and Informal Assessment

20 minutes

For this portion of the lesson, you will need the I Can Feel student book included as a PDF with this lesson.  When you duplicate the book, choose your copy machine side, double staple option.  If you cut the book in half, there will be two books for each set of copies. 

The students will need small pieces of material, etc. to glue down on the pages.  I cut sandpaper, quilt batting, silk, burlap, textured wallpaper, wax paper, etc into 1 1/2" squares. I put the squares in bowls on their tables.

You will also need construction paper for the students to trace their hand and cut out for the last page of the book. If you have paper that matches the students' skin color, that's great.  We use multi-cultural crayons to color the skin.  The students will need glue, crayons and scissors.

I distribute the books to the students and have them write their name on the front cover.  I say to the students, We have learned a lot about our sense of touch.  It's time to share that with our family.  We will be making a book that you can take home. 

I read the pages for the students and explain to them that they will be select things to glue on the first page that is rough and things to glue on the second page that are smooth.  

I then explain to the students that they will be drawing pictures of something hot on the next page and something cold on the page after that.  We brainstorm things that the student could draw.  The students begin working on their books.  Click here to see some sample pages: Work Sample 1 and Work Sample 2

This lesson is a great one for my English Language Learners.  It allows them to have first-hand experience with these sensory words.  They are expanding their vocabulary with words that they will use during science observations.

When the students are done, we come together as a group and add more information that they have learned to our chart paper.  The students now have much more information to share.