Objective: The children will explore their tongue and taste buds, and how they help us taste different flavors.‹ Return to Theme
The sense of taste is one of your five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. Your tongue is a muscular organ that helps with many functions of the mouth, including your sense of taste. Taste buds are sensory organs found on your tongue. The taste buds are contained on and around the bumps on your tongue, called papillae. But papillae are actually cup-shaped, not bumps! The papillae on your tongue work with your saliva and sense of smell to help you taste foods. In fact, without saliva and your sense of smell, you would not be able to taste the different flavors of your food.
Your taste buds help you experience sweet, salty, sour, and bitter tastes. There are very tiny hairs called microvilli on your taste buds. The microvilli send messages to your brain identifying a flavor as sweet, salty, sour, or bitter. Each person has approximately 10,000 taste buds. Our taste buds are replaced every 2 weeks. Older people have fewer taste buds because their taste buds do not replace themselves.
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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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.