Doesn't the smell of a certain perfume or cookies baking instantly bring back memories? Out of all the senses, our sense of smell is most linked to memory. In this lesson students will learn more about their noses. How does the sense of smell protect us? What smells do we like?
1.The students will discover that we use our senses to learn about the world around us.
2. The students will learn that we breathe in odors in the air and our brain makes sense of what we smell.
3. The students will learn how to protect our noses and how our noses can protect us.
Book: Smelling by Rebecca Rissman or similar book about the sense of smell
Miscellaneous items for smelling
Some suggestions: onion, banana, lemon, flower, permanent magic marker, orange, peppermint, pencil shavings, potato chips, coffee, pine needles, moth balls, bread, cinnamon
Baggies in which to put the items you have chosen
Small box with holes in the top for the odors to escape
Place the items that you are “smelling" into individual plastic bags and hide them from the class. When the time comes, place an item in the box and open the plastic bag so that the odor is diffused. Close or cover the box so that the students are unable to see what is inside.