The Nose Knows-Exploring Our Sense of Smell
Lesson 9 of 12
Objective: Students will be able to describe what their sense of smell is and the body structure associated with it by categorizing different types of smells.
This lesson is a follow-up to the inquiry based lesson, Using Our Sense of Smell. 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 of each of my Five Senses lessons with a YouTube video song. My students often talk me into going back to some of their other favorites. Here is one that has not been included on any of my other five senses lessons.
After the song, the students gather around my chair for a story.
For this part of the lesson, you will need the chart paper from the previous lesson. You will also need an introductory book on the five senses. I like to use the book Smelling by Rebecca Rissman. This series this book is from is a favorite of mine as it is written at level very appropriate for kindergarten. A Spanish version is also available. It can be purchased through many bookstores, including Amazon.
I begin the lesson by reading for the students what we recorded on our chart paper. I then say to them, We are going to read another non-fiction or expository text. This book is about our sense of smell. I want you to listen carefully so you can pick up information to add to our chart.
I read the story to the students and then we expand our ideas on the chart. The chart is displayed in our classroom to provide a real-world example of reading and writing for the students and also to serve as a reference for future lessons.
For this portion of the lesson, I use my SmartBoard. If you have a SmartBoard, the file Smell Notebook File 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: Smell Smartboard Slides PDF.
I gather my students in front of the Smartboard and I say to them, Our noses can smell all different types of things. Some smell very good and others do not. We need to make sure that things that we smell are safe. Let's look at this first slide and circle the things that are safe for us to smell.
Students are called up to circle things on the Smartboard. We talk about whether the smells are good smells or ones that are not as pleasant. On the next slide, we put an X on the things that are dangerous to smell and we talk about why they are dangerous (the one that is surprising to the kids is the baby powder).
The students are expanding their critical thinking skills by analyzing the sorting and looking at the commonalities between each group. One thing the students might notice I the smells that are unsafe are things that we would never eat. This also help the students to understand that the nose (structure) has an important job (function). Helping students to recognize examples of structure and function will help them build a foundation for future science learning.
At the end of this section, the students return to their seats for independent practice.
For this portion of the lesson, you will need the I Can Smell student book included as a PDF with this lesson. If you duplicate this book using the double side-staple feature on your copy machine, it will make two books when cut in half. The students will need crayons to complete the book.
I distribute the books to the students and have them write their name on the front cover. I tell them, We are going to be making a book about our sense of smell. You will be able to share this book with your family.
I read the pages for the students and explain to them that they need to draw pictures to go with each page. I read the pages to the students. I explain that on the last page they need to draw a nose.
The students begin working. I assist with reading the pages as needed and encourage them to draw multiple pictures for the first three pages. When the students are done, we share this book as a group, with the students sharing some of the things they included in the book. See samples: Work Sample 1 Work Sample 2 Work Sample 3
Many of the students enjoyed reading their stories to me: The Nose Knows Video
To wrap up the lesson, we return to the chart we used in the previous lesson, to expand on what we know about our sense of smell.