Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Mapping It Out-Using Our Sense of Taste - Section 3: Discussion


The students really enjoyed mapping their tongues and their excitement poured over into our lesson.  They brought this excitement to our discussion and we had an amazing exchange of ideas, demonstrating how capable kindergarteners are of diving into higher level thinking.

As you can see from the sample of our chart, the students' ideas were pretty minimal at the start of our lesson.  After we did the experiment, they had more ideas to add to the chart paper.  I was pleased with their ideas, but what was really exciting was an amazing connection one of my students made.  This student said, "Mrs. Baumann, I think I know why taste bitter in the back of our tongue." I asked her what her thoughts on this were.  She went on to explain, "Sometimes, when I have medicine it tastes bitter.  It makes me want to throw up.  I think we taste bitter on the back of our tongues so we throw up if we get something bad in our mouths."

This student made a connection between our small experiment and the gag reflex and how it serves as a protective mechanism.  I was absolutely amazed!!  This was scientific discourse in action!  The discussion exchanges based on our experiment and the students' background knowledge set the perfect stage for this discourse.  Kindergarteners are definitely capable of this level of discussion when there is a structure in place that allows for success.

  Discourse and Questioning: A Great Discussion
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Mapping It Out-Using Our Sense of Taste

Unit 2: My Five Senses
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: Students will understand that different areas of our tongue detect different tastes by engaging in a science experiment.

Big Idea: Students will understand how their sense of taste can be used as an observational tool.

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Science, inquiry, senses, Sight, Taste, Touch, smell
  40 minutes
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