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Table of Contents
Lesson Overview
Teacher Background Information
Lesson Focus
Objective Grid
Lesson 1: The Five Senses
Lesson 2: Sight
Lesson 3: Hearing
Lesson 4: Touch
Lesson 5: Smell
-Using Your Nose
Lesson 6: Taste
Lesson 7: Altogether, Now
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The Five Senses - Lesson 5: Smell

ACTIVITY: Using Your Nose

Students investigate the relationship between how a given food looks and how it tastes.

One enveloped unflavored gelatin; sugar; food coloring (different color for each group); water

Day 1 - Divide class into small groups. Each group makes unflavored gelatin and places it in the refrigerator overnight to set.

Day 2 -

  1. Each group looks at one color of gelatin and guesses possible flavors simply by sight. They graph their favorite color gelatin.
  2. Repeat using only sense of smell and graph favorite-smelling gelatin.
  3. Finally, taste and brainstorm possible flavors. Graph favorite-smelling and favorite-looking gelatin.
Ask students:
  1. What did the graphs show?
  2. Did you change your minds about your favorite gelatin after you had tasted and smelled it?
  3. What role did your eyes and nose play in tricking your senses?
    What foods look better than they taste?
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