We began our unit on the Five Senses with a class favorite activity….using our five senses to describe popcorn. Right after our Literacy Workstations I snuck into the kitchen to pop a bag of popcorn. Once back in the classroom, I hid the bag by my desk. I rang the bell signaling to the students that we were changing activities and immediately I was pleased to hear, “Mrs. Delwiche, why does it smell like popcorn?” I proceeded to place one piece of popcorn on each students’ desk for them to use to observe: what did students see, hear, smell, feel, and taste? (I told students upfront that this one single piece of popcorn was for observation only and that I would be giving them a cup full of popcorn to enjoy during snack time!)
Some of the responses the students made included:
Hear: pop, crunch
See: white, yellow, balls, bumps
Feels: bumpy, smooth, soft
Smells: like butter
Tastes: buttery, salty
We had so much fun with this activity! It really is the perfect way to introduce children to the five senses!
Our unit on the Five Senses is wrapping up, but not before we squeeze in some last minute senses learning! Last week, students were asked to create a musical instrument using any items they had at home. Students were asked to “think like an inventor, be a problem solver, use your imagination, and have fun!” They were given a planning sheet where materials and ideas were recorded and a blueprint was sketched.
Once students brought their instruments to school, they were invited to share the process they used to invent!
Students also brought their instruments to music class, where they played a listening game.
Students even had an opportunity to play their musical instruments!
I love how this project integrates learning at home to school to music class!
The kindergarteners are still exploring their five senses. Today, we explored our sense of smell with a fun game. I had prepared three groups of cotton balls where each group had a different smell. I asked the students to close their eyes as I handed out the cotton balls. Next, they were to smell their cotton ball and find two or three other students who had a cotton ball that smelled the same. Once they found their group, the students had to decide what smell was on their cotton ball. Watch what happened:
After the class discussion, students recorded the members of their group and their smell in their Five Senses Notebook.
The kindergarteners are now officially smelling pros!
We enjoyed our first Friday Fun of the school year. Since we have been learning about our sense of sight, students made suncatchers. This was one of the neatest crafts I have seen in a long time. I purchased mini aluminum pie tins from Amazon. Students used their fine motor skills to place a row of mostly transluscent pony beads around the bottom of the tin.
After the designs were created (and the students went off to Spanish class) I took our small toaster oven and moved it outside, where I preheated it to 450 degrees. I popped two tins in at a time and let them cook for about eight minutes, or until the beads had melted. (The key is baking the plastic beads outside in fresh air to keep from smelling the fumes.)
Once they cooled, I turned over the tins to remove the suncatchers.
How beautiful! This weekend I plan to drill small holes into the tops and add a translucent thread so that these sun catchers can be hung in our classroom windows.
The next project had students decorating a mini chalkboard.
These chalkboards will be used during Reading Centers as a way for students to practice writing letters, spelling words, and recording answers for different phonemic awareness activities. We love Fridays!
Here’s what the suncatchers look like after the holes were drilled and the fishing line was strung:
Students were thrilled to hear that we would be practicing beginning coding skills using the Bee-Bots. They have been eagerly awaiting a chance to get their hands on these coding robots. We explored the ways to make the Bee Bots go and practiced programming them. Then I introduced them to a rhyming game. The goal was for students to choose a card, identify the picture, and find a picture on the mat that rhymes. So we practicing rhyming AND coding! (and patience too, of course!)
Students also used their sense of sight to look through different kalideiscopes.
They then made binoculars using patterned duct tape, yarn, and toilet paper rolls.
Of course we had to take the binoculars outside and test them out!
Students were introduced to our sense of sight yesterday. They learned several fun facts about our eyes and enjoyed a short Bill Nye the Science Guy clip on our sense of sight. Today, I planned two activities that challenged students to use their sense of sight. Here is a description of the first activity:
Go! Students went back to their desks to record as many items as possible. They could use pictures or words to show which items they remembered.
Here is what was on the tray:
We came back together to see which items the students remembered….and as a group, they identified all but the blue rubber band! Go, kindergartners!
Next, I took the students outside for a sight scavenger hunt. They looked for items that were big, small, shiny, and
While outside, students drew pictures of the items they saw.
Once we were back inside, students practiced sounding out the words to match their pictures. I encouraged students to use their best guess spelling. What a great job they did!
To carry on the theme of the sense of sight, students will each make a pair of binoculars tomorrow during Friday Fun!
Our Five Senses Unit started with a POP! What better way to be introduced to our Five Senses than with popping popcorn! I borrowed a popcorn popper from Ms. Svedlund, and we got right to work. Many of the students had not seen this type of popcorn popper before. What a treat for me! They were absolutely mesmerized by the process of popping popcorn!
We then worked together to record our popcorn observations into our Five Senses Notebook. Students were encouraged to record their observations using pictures or words. They could write their own words, or I gave students the option to use our class observation sheet that was projected onto the Smart Board to help.
This Five Senses kick-off activity sure made a great impression! Students are excited to see which five senses we will focus on first.
We worked on these five senses poems during reading centers. I love how they turned out.
Students also created texture pictures of the item they describe in their five senses poem. It was fun to create with these different collage materials!
Here is winter.
These poems and the texture art will be on display in the back of the kindergarten classroom for the next two weeks. Be sure to stop in and enjoy!
Does it SMELL great in kindergarten today! We made applesauce during Friday Fun today.
Students helped chop the apples and of course, add the cinnamon. It took some muscles to cut the apples with our child safe knives!
Students enjoyed a snack of apples an cinnamon after their hard work.
Our plan is to share the homemade applesauce with our third grade buddies this afternoon.
At the craft center today students made maracas to celebrate the sense of sound.
The students are hoping to parade around the school shaking their maracas….I’m still considering their request 🙂
We had fun with our sense of sight this morning! Students created a rainbow in a bag. It was a perfect way to demonstrate our sense of sight with a sensory twist. The project started with this homemade fingerpaint-style goop.
Each student received a Ziploc baggie with a white piece of tag board inside.
Next we scooped a spoonful of each color into the baggie. I quickly zipped it shut and added a layer of packing tape to make extra sure that this “no mess” activity really was no mess!
Then the fun began. The squishing and moving of the paint was delightful!
The students noticed that the end result was the colors mixing, making a brownish/blackish color….something they had discovered in science class just yesterday!
Another activity for Friday Fun- Sense of Sight Edition was making a kaleidoscope. Students enjoyed looking through several different kaleidoscopes before making one of their own.
After Friday Fun, we moved into the Five Senses Notebook. Today’s activity was a sight game. I showed the students a tray that had an assortment of items. Their instructions were to use their sense of sight and look at the tray for a minute and then write or draw as many items in their notebook as they could remember.
Focusing on the tray….
An up close look for you…
A student remembers an item from the tray.
I called the students back to the carpet to show them the items on the tray. They gave me a thumbs up if they had remembered that item and recorded it in the notebook. Guess which item most students remembered…..guess which item no one saw…..
Here’s another look at the tray….
So, all of the students remembered to draw the bag of Goldfish and not one of them recorded the paper clip! I asked the students why this might have happened. One student said that the bag of Goldfish was more interesting to look at. Another noted that he was hungry….(as it was almost time for snack.) I asked why no one saw the paper clip. They all agreed it was because of the small size of the clip. What amazing little thinkers!