Insights Hands-on Inquiry Science Curriculum, The Senses
By: Education Development Center, Inc
Review: This is a fine K-1 unit on sensory perception that includes using magnification, classifiying things by texture, mystery smells and sounds. Eighteen Insights units form an extensive elementary curriculum and The Senses is a good example of their quality and their encouragement of diverse student ideas and suggestions. The teacher's guide is available separately, at a high cost.
Other Information: Insights Hands-on Inquiry Science Curriculum, The Senses ($199.99) module, $149.99 Teacher's Guide plus shipping) and other Insights units are available from Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., PO Box 1840, Dubuque, IA 52004-1840. Call 800-542-6657. On-line address is www.kendallhunt.com.
Scientists rely on a variety of senses when conducting investigations. In order to help my students draw connections between what scientists do and what we learn in class, we decided to determine just how much scientists depended on their senses. These three activities encourage students to rely on their own senses to identify natural objects and to describe their surrounding environment.
Exploring the five senses in your classroom is a wonderful way to relate how animals use their senses for survival. I describe whole class activities that support science table (or science center) activities concerning the senses and that help students to make important connections about our senses.
To get you started in exploring the mathematical dimension of your senses, here are three activities which involve the collection and analysis of data. In turn, these activities provide opportunities for a meaningful integration of technology into your classroom. Using computer software or graphing calculators, your students can make tables of the data, calculate statistics, and create graphs - and in the process develop an appreciation for the power of technology as a research tool.
What do you hear near the school? Could we go outside and make a collection of sounds and then bring our ideas back and make a map? Questions such as these started two groups of first graders off in different directions from an older school building at the edge of a downtown neighborhood.