Words help to express how
we sense different things. Young children are trying to determine
which words can best explain the situation. For instance, is boiling
water, warm or hot. If you call something “hot,” does that mean it
will hurt you.
Helping a student describe through
words helps that student to express the sense in more detail.
Languages throughout the word use different "sounds" for the same event.
English-speaking people hear "OINK, OINK" from pigs while other languages
- If you have students
with different native languages, you might want to ask them how they describe
- Have the students use
descriptive terms to describe taste, feel, and sight. For instance,
the taste of sour and sweet or a warm winds verses a cool wind.
- Prior to this lesson,
ask your students to think about how their senses have helped them discover
things about the world. Let the students give an oral report to the
rest of the class on their "sense" experiences. Give them some examples
of a sense experience that turned out to be something else.
- Mary heard a noise that sounded
like a baby. She looked outside to try and find the lost baby.
After a few minutes, Mary found Fuzzy, her cat. He was hungry and
was making a noise that sounded like a baby.
She used the sense of sound.
- Bill has a brother who
likes to play jokes on everyone. Bill was watching television when
a weird object touched him. Although Bill wanted to move away, he
knew it was his brother teasing him. Sure enough, his brother used
some wet spaghetti to scare Bill.
He used the sense of touch.
- Charlene felt a warm wind
against her back. She heard a moan. She thought it was a ghost.
She turned around and it was the door being opened by a strong wind.
She used the sense of sound, touch