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The Brain and Five Senses

The Brain and Five Senses

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Students investigate the brain, skull, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, and learn how the brain and senses are connected.

  • The Brain: Control Central

    The Brain: Control CentralLesson

    Students explore the basic functions and characteristics of the brain and skull, and learn about three major structures in the brain: the cerebrum, cerebellum and brainstem.

    Grades: K-2
  • The Brain: Protection

    The Brain: ProtectionLesson

    Students learn that the brain is fragile and that it is enclosed by the skull, which protects the brain and forms the shape of the head.

    Grades: K-2
  • The Brain: Communication

    The Brain: CommunicationLesson

    Students discover that their brains receive and act on information from inside and outside the body, and that the senses gather and process different kinds of information.

    Grades: K-2
  • Our Sense of Vision

    Our Sense of VisionLesson

    Students make kaleidoscopes to learn that light is essential to vision, and that the brain processes information from the eyes, which are “light detectors."

    Grades: K-2
  • Our Sense of Hearing

    Our Sense of HearingLesson

    Students investigate hearing and discover that sensory receptors in the ears collect sound information and transmit it to the brain, and that the effects of sound can be seen using a tuning fork and water. 

    Grades: K-2
  • Our Sense of Taste

    Our Sense of TasteLesson

    Students taste four mystery substances and learn that the tongue is covered with taste buds, which contain taste receptors, and that the brain determines the flavors we experience.

    Grades: K-2
  • Our Sense of Smell

    Our Sense of SmellLesson

    Students use four different flavors of dry soft drink mix to investigate the sense of smell, and learn that the nose can detect very small particles in air and transmit the information to the brain.

    Grades: K-2
  • Our Sense of Touch

    Our Sense of TouchLesson

    Students explore the sense of touch by identifying mystery objects with their eyes closed and discover that the skin receptors communicate with the brain, which can discriminate among many tactile objects.

    Grades: K-2
  • Using All the Senses to Understand Our World

    Using All the Senses to Understand Our WorldLesson

    Students use all of their senses to understand that there are different types of sensory receptors in the body, and all of them work together to provide information to the brain, which interprets the signals.

    Grades: K-2