The Sensory Organs

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Science                  

Grade:  5

Unit:  The Sensory Organs                          

Pacing:  Four Weeks

Essential Question(s):

1.     Why does your body react differently to the sound of the lunch bell compared to the fire drill bell?

2.     How do your senses help you survive?


Big Idea(s):

·        Perceiving and responding to environmental stimuli is critical to the survival of organisms.

·        Identify and explain the structure and function of your sensory organs.



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

1. Explain the role of sensory organs in perceiving stimuli (e.g., light/dark, heat/cold, flavors, pain, etc.) and sending signals to the brain.


2. Pose testable questions and design experiments to explore factors that affect human reaction time.  B INQ. 1, 3, 4


3. Conduct simple investigations to explore the capabilities of the human senses. 

B INQ. 3, 4

5. Identify the major structures of the human eye, ear, nose, skin and tongue, and explain their functions.


4. Summarize nonfiction text to explain the role of the brain and spinal cord in responding to information received from the sense organs.  B INQ. 6


6. Draw diagrams showing the straight path of light rays from a source to a reflecting object to the eye, allowing objects to be seen.  B INQ. 6


7. Describe the properties of different materials and structures in the human eye that enable humans to perceive color.

 B INQ. 5


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

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)




Sensory organs – response to stimuli, light/dark, heat/cold, flavors, pain, etc.


Structure/Function – sensory organs.








Explain – role/influence




Identify  – structure

Explain  – function










Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):


“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

 Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):


Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:


DSM Kit Activities:


3 – Science Facilitator will do this – embedded task

7 – 40 minutes

13 & 14- identify the major structures of the human eye, ear, nose, skin, tongue, and explain their functions. 40 minutes each lesson.

Teach 5.2 before 5.4

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:


Vocabulary/Word Wall


Interdisciplinary Connections