The Five Senses

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:               Science                                            

Grade:        Kindergarten

Unit:    K.1  Five  Senses                                             

Pacing:        6 weeks

Essential Question(s):

(Priority Standard 1)

  • How does an apple look, feel, smell, sound and taste?
  • How can you tell the difference between an apple and a banana?

Big Idea(s):

(Priority Standard 1)

  • Different parts of our body enable us to see, smell, taste, touch and hear.
  • Senses help us gain information.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

1. Match each of the five senses with its associated body part and the kind of information it perceives.

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)



Priority Standard 1


·         Sight

·         Touch

·         Hearing

·         Smell

·         Taste






Name senses


Match senses with associated body parts













“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

Suggested Activities:

Point to the body part you use to smell a pizza.

Point to the body part you use to taste an apple.

Point to the body part you use to hear a bird.

Point to the body part you use to see a light.

Point to the body part you use to feel a feather.

Instructional Planning

September – October  (6 weeks)

Spend one week per sense and review all senses during the final week.

Kits have been made to go along with the following lessons from the AIMS Sense-able Science Book: 

 Touch and Tell, Secret Sounds, Canned Scents, Seeing Is Not Always Believing


Suggested Resources/Materials:

Sense-able Science – AIMS Activities K-1

Five Senses Kits


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Whole Group

Small Group and/or partner experimentation

One-on-one Strategies with Para


Pocket Charts

Review: ie. picture and/or word cards

Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections






vision, color, shape, size, loud, soft, quiet, hum, whisper, squawk, buzz, textures, rough, smooth, soft, hard, fluffy, sharp, shiny, dull, salty, sweet, sour, bitter, smoky, eyes, ears, skin, tongue, nose



Sense-able Science - AIMS

About Me - Delta Science First Readers

Me and My Senses by Joan Sweeney

Sound effects CD’s

“Feely” Bag/box

Students can create a book which highlights each sense.

AIMS Education Foundation:

Smartboard Activities

Check the web for more ideas and activities.



Students will sort objects by color, shape and size.

Language Arts:

Students will identify letters by looking at different letter formations.

Students will listen to and identify various letter sounds and rhymes.


Sight – Create collages using various materials i.e. foil, sparkly paper, colored paper, fabric.

Hearing - Create “musical instruments” or wind chimes from various household materials.

Touch – Create rubbings or sand art pictures.

Smell – Create homemade scratch and sniff stickers.

Check the web for more ideas and activities.