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K-1: The Senses

Author(s): Barbara Tharp, MS, Michael Vu, MS, Delinda Mock, BA, Christopher Burnett, BA, and Nancy Moreno, PhD.

The Brain and Five Senses

Procedure (cont.)

Conclude with a class discussion about how students were able to solve the popcorn mystery. Be sure to reinforce the concept that senses collect information from inside and outside the body and transmit it to the brain. Briefly review the primary senses that students have explored throughout this unit (vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch).

Ask students to identify all parts of the body and nervous system that they used in during this investigation (eyes, nose, mouth, tongue, ears, fingers, brain, neurons, etc.). 

Stimulate further discussion by asking, How did the information get from your sense organs to your brain? [“sense organs” being eye, ear, fingers, nose, etc.] Students should be able to communicate that information, such as vibration from shaking the bag of popcorn, was detected by a sense organ and transmitted to the brain. The brain compiled and made sense of all information gathered during this investigation. Refer to different areas on the classroom human body diagram to summarize students’ ideas. 

Have students revisit their notebook entries. Ask them to share what they have learned. Ask, Why is the brain important? 

You may want to end the unit with a “popcorn” party. 

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