The Early Years: Safe Smellingby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Using the sense of smell, animals find food or a mate and detect the presence of predators; their survival depends on this. In a discussion on using our sense of smell to keep use safe, some children may relate experiences of smelling something burning. Identifying the five senses and corresponding sense organs is part of national science content standards for science as inquiry and life science (NRC 1996). The objective of this month’s lesson is to experience using our sense of smell and notice the variety in favorite smell choices.

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  • on Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:28 AM

This excellent article discusses safe ways for students to smell things. It also has an interesting idea of using pictures of animal noses put under a piece of paper that covers the animals face and shows only the nose. This focuses children on the sense of smell for the animal. Students also explore their own noses using a mirror. The lesson plan about smelling things is also a great way to discover smell with students.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:02 PM

Young children get to explore the world around them with their sense of smell. After learning how to smell something safely they engage in a mystery smell test and do a tally of which smells they like the best. An extension of this activity can be an animal nose book and a discussion of how animals use their sense of smell.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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