Objective: Children will learn about their nose and explore the sense of smell by describing and identifying different smells.‹ Return to Theme
Note: To prepare the containers, make several holes in the lid of each container with scissors. Put the pieces of banana peel, cinnamon sticks, mint leaves, etc. in individual containers and close the lids. For the liquid items (lemon juice, vinegar, and flavorings) soak two to three cotton balls with the liquid, place each flavor in individual containers, and close the lids.
The sense of smell is one of our five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. We do not actually smell with our noses; our noses act like a cave for collecting smells. We have a special nerve for smelling that is found in the nasal cavity, called the olfactory nerve. It contains tiny receptors that collect the smells of things. We each have about 10 million receptors in our nose. The receptors send messages to the brain about what we smell. The brain interprets the information and identifies the smell; therefore, we actually smell with our brains!
Our noses are incredibly sensitive. In fact, of all our senses, smell is the most sensitive. There are an unlimited number of different smells in the world. Most of the time we are not even aware that we are smelling anything at all. We can recognize many smells, and each of us has our own favorite smell. One of the most recognized smells from childhood is the smell of crayons. Just like fingerprints, every person has a smell that is unique to that individual.
Some children may be uncomfortable not knowing what is in the containers and may choose not to touch or smell the containers.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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