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Five Senses Culminating Project and Field Trip Ideas

Updated on October 25, 2014
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

Here you can see "Alexander Graham Bell" and "Thomas Watson" explaining how a modern telephone works.
Here you can see "Alexander Graham Bell" and "Thomas Watson" explaining how a modern telephone works.

This is the culminating project for a 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. Included are presentation ideas, five senses themed recipe suggestions, and field trip options. My lessons are geared toward 3rd-4th grade level children and their siblings. These are lessons I created to do with a weekly homeschool co-op. We meet each week for 2 1/2 hours and have 14 children between the ages of 0-13. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, family, after school program, camp, or co-op!

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Project and Presenation Ideas

Please select one or more of the following for each of your children to do for an end-of-the unit project:

1) Do a 5 Senses project. Try one out at home and then either demonstrate it for us at the co-op or simply tell us what you did and what you found out (in science fair project fashion). Here's one site you can start with if you need ideas.

2) Draw or paint a picture related to one or all of the 5 senses.

3) Write and illustrate a 5 senses-related book or poem and read it to the group.

4) Bake/make a 5 senses-related recipe. (Many Halloween-related recipes might be eyeball cookies, "finger" cookies, etc.)

5) Research a particular topic or person relevant to this unit and give a report about it/him/her. Some ideas include: Braille, seeing eye dogs, Motzart, Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, sign language, Bach, etc.

6) Learn to sign a song in sign language & sign it for the group.

7) Learn about a musical instrument & either give a report about it and/or play a song using that instrument.

Projects that my group did:

-Two boys dressed as Alexander Graham Bell & Thomas Watson. They talked about who they were and what they'd done. Then they showed us a modern phone and explained how it works.

-Two girls dresses as Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan and talked about who they were and what they'd done.

-Two children created 3-D models of eyes using Styrofoam balls, paint, and other objects

-Two children baked eyeball cupcakes.

-Three children "sang" the alphabet and two hymns in sign language.

-One child did a report on senses that animals have that people don't.

Sassafras Edible Eyeball Cookie Set
Sassafras Edible Eyeball Cookie Set

Kit includes sugar cookie mix, icing mix, round cutter, candy "pupils,", red decorating gel, rhyming recipe/instruction sheet.

Wilton Candy Eyeballs
Wilton Candy Eyeballs

These are great for adding eyes to baked goods.

Finger cookies (sugar cookies with almond slice fingernails) for sense of touch
Finger cookies (sugar cookies with almond slice fingernails) for sense of touch

Five Senses Themed Lunch

Here's what we did for our lunch.

The 5 Senses End-of-Unit Lunch is this week from 12 - 1:30pm immediately following co-op.

Please bring a side dish, salad (for moms), and/or dessert to share. I will provide sandwiches, drinks, plates, napkins, and cups. If you'd like to bring something Five Senses - themed, serach through Halloween recipes for some great ideas on eyeball and finger recipes!


Field Trip Ideas

We visited our local music store after the Hearing: Music & Instruments Lesson Plan (Week 2 of 4). Children got to hear and play numerous instruments in the store and we got to find out how to sign up for music lessons.

We visited an eye doctor's office after the Eyes & Seeing Lesson Plan (Week 3 of 4). Children got to see and use some of the machines they use in the office. They got to see a model of the eye and find out how to protect their own eyes.

Ready to see the lessons?

Cup phone used to learn about how sound waves travel from the first lesson in this unit study on hearing and sound waves
Cup phone used to learn about how sound waves travel from the first lesson in this unit study on hearing and sound waves

Build a crawl-through ear as you study hearing, play scales on water glasses as you study music and sound, dissect a cow eyeball as you study sight, try to identify mystery objects simply by their smell, present on various aspects of the five senses, and more during this 4 lesson hands-on unit study of the five senses!

  • Hearing and Sound Waves Lesson - This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on thematic unit on the five senses. Build and crawl through a model of an ear, watch sound waves at work, make paper cup phones, use a stethoscope and otoscope, and more!
  • Music and Instruments Lesson - This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on the five senses. See the inside of a piano and how it works, study pitch while playing water glasses, test out different instruments, and more!
  • Eyes and Seeing Lesson - This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. Make an edible model of an eye, dissect a cow eyeball, visit an eye doctor, and more!
  • Touch, Smell, & Taste Lesson in Five Senses Unit - This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. Feel, smell, and taste mystery items, make a touch and feel book, and more!
  • Five Senses Culminating Project and Field Trip Ideas - This is the culminating project for the 4 part hands-on unit on the five senses. The students created presentations on people and ideas related to the 5 senses and shared 5 Senses-themed snacks and desserts. (Recipes are included.) Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit.

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      6 years ago from Florida

      @anonymous: Great! It is a fun unit! You're welcome! I'm glad you've found these lessons to be helpful.

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      6 years ago

      We are gearing up for the Attentiveness unit this fall and going through your lesson plans has been extremely helpful! Thank you so much for sharing.


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