We have a new benchmark this year: Students will investigate the five senses and their functions. (Isn't that oddly worded? How do you assess "investigation?") Anyway, next week my team is meeting to share teaching ideas. So far I have come up with: Using sense of touch • Feely bags: Children have to guess what is in a bag by using their sense of touch. Gather objects and put them into paper bags. Have children feel the object, and then open the bags to reveal their contents. How accurate is the sense of touch as shown through this experiment? • Feeling different shapes and describing/naming them • Pass out sandpaper/texture letters and have students guess which letter they are holding Using sense of taste • Blindfolded taste test • Make a collage from magazines of foods they like to eat Using sense of hearing • Children will have 10 plastic eggs. Five eggs will have different items inside and the other five eggs will contain matching items. Children will have to shake one egg at a time to try to find its exact sound match. • Blindfold a student, have another student talk, and have the blindfolded student guess who is talking. Using sense of smell • Label 5 jars (1-5) with distinctly different smells inside. Children will sniff the top of the jar and try to guess what is inside. Using sense of sight • Put objects on a tray, and take all or some objects away. Have children name the missing object(s). • Describe a picture/scene by sight Does anyone have any other fun ideas? Do you know of any good books? I have some 5 senses books, but I'm looking for other ways to integrate literacy besides books called "Your 5 Senses." For example, I found the book "What Would You Do With a Tail Like This?" to discuss ways animals use their senses. Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks!