Objective: Children will explore the sense of touch by examining a variety of textured materials.‹ Return to Theme
Note: This lesson requires preparation prior to the day of the lesson.
To create the sensory cards:
The sense of touch is one of our five senses: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch. Our sense of touch is found in touch receptors in our skin. The skin is the largest organ of the human body. We can sense touch all over our bodies, but we have a higher concentration of touch receptors in certain parts of our bodies. There are 100 touch receptors on each of our fingertips. We use our fingers and our sense of touch to do many things every day. Our fingertips are very important to our ability to learn about the world around us.
Our touch receptors have the ability to sense different things. The most common sensations are cold, heat, pain, and pressure. The nerve endings in our fingertips send messages to the brain and the brain identifies what we are touching. Then the brain tells us how to react to what we are feeling.
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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