Lesson Plan

My Five Senses

Describing common objects using our five senses
Kelsey P.
Classroom teacher
The Learning Tree Cumberland, Maryland
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to...

identify unnamed objects using their five senses - sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound. 

use descriptive words to describe objects using their five senses. 

participate in collaborative conversations about the topic 



English Language Arts
Grades 3 – 5
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1 Introduction/Directed Instruction

Free to try

Introduce the topic of the five senses to students. Ask if anyone knows what senses are, how many we have, what they are, what we use them for.  Familiarize them with the topic term. Ask them to talk to a friend and see if they can come up with an answer to share. Talk about how we describe things using our senses.

Show the linked video. 


Student Instructions

Teacher is introducing the topic while students are collaborating and sharing. 

2 Explanation of station One/ Guided Practice

Activity: Presenting

Show students the upcoming activity by demonstrating an example. (Teacher in stressing the importance and inclusion of the five senses continuously) 

Show students an example of STATION ONE. Show students the paper bag with popcorn inside, without telling them what's in the bag. Have a volunteer reach in the bag and attempt to guess what's in the bag by touching it. Without an answer from the student, have another student smell inside the bag. Another student tastes what's in the bag, another student may shake or listen inside the bag, and finally the last student looks inside the bag. Following their investigation, each student must write down what they guess is inside the unlabeled bag. Once we get to the person investigating with their eyes, they must reveal to the rest of their group what is in the bag. 

Teacher explains that we work in assigned groups of 5, moving from one station to the next.

Student Instructions

Students are volunteering (5 different students) 

Students are watching the demonstration

Students are asking questions if necessary. 

3 Explanation of Station Two/ Guided Practice

Station TWO is demonstrated by the teacher...

Using five different volunteers from the original demonstration, demonstrate station 2. There is a familiar object in front of them, for the demonstration, it's a pumpkin. Students will write down one word that describes the pumpkin using each of the five senses into a chart. Once each student has filled out their chart using a "describing word," they will then use the thesaurus app on the iPad to find a more descriptive word, and add it to their description. An example would be:

My pumpkin looks round.

After using the thesaurus, they would write, my pumpkin looks spherical


Student Instructions

Students are observing the demonstration, asking questions as necessary. 

4 Explanation of Station Three/ Guided Practice

Teacher will explain station three.

Students will identify an object based on descriptive words given about an object.

An example would be:

Looks: Red/orange 

Smells: fishy

Tastes: sweet & salty

Feels: hard 

Sounds: quiet when shaken

Answer: a crab

Student Instructions

Students are observing the demonstration, asking questions as necessary. 

5 Explanation of Station Four/ Guided Practice

Station Four involves students receiving a list of descriptive words, and having to find an object via google junior images to fit the description they've pieced together.

The list includes 100 "exquisite adjectives".

Students choose five words from the list to describe something. Anything they choose. Then, using googlejunior images, they find a photo or clip art picture for whatever they've described.

For example:

looks: bumpy

Sounds: hollow

smells: sweet

tastes: sweet

feels: bumpy

answer: students would find a picture of corn on the cob and fill it in the chart

Student Instructions

Students are observing the demonstration, asking questions as necessary. 

6 Independent Practice

Teacher is rotating around the room, observing, assessing and probing students with higher level thinking questions, such as "If you use that descriptive word, do you think it would sound like you're describing a ______ instead of a _________?" 

Student Instructions

In their assigned groups of five, students are moving from station to station completing their stations and accompanied worksheets.

7 Wrap-Up

Administer assessment worksheet

Student Instructions

Students are going to "show what you know" on a quick assessment.