Five Senses Worksheets
What sets humans apart for many species is the ability to understand their environment through the use of our human senses. Students use these sense each and every day and just need to be reminded of what they are doing. They include the sense of being able to hear, see, smell, taste and touch. Depending on how mature your students are this topic is taught somewhere in the Kindergarten to Second Grade range. These series of worksheets will help you understand which senses we use to detect and react to certain things.
Five Senses Worksheets To Print:
DRAW Me A Path - Your five senses are the way that you interact with the world. Draw a line from each sense to the matching body part.
This Part, That Part - What do all the parts on your face do? We also take a look at the fingers on your hand.
What Would You Use? - Which sense would be most used in each situation? As you will notice, we use multiple senses at once often in our lives.
My Experience - Which of your senses can you use to experience each item? Write each sense you would use on the line.
Color Sense - Color according to the key. You will label body parts and what or how they help us detect our environment.
See What You Feel... - Use your five senses to draw pictures. You can get very creative with this one.
Picture This! - Draw a line that matches each sense with the correct picture. What actions are taking place?
Interacting With The World - As you use each part of the body, color the picture. You will complete sentences to make complete use of your thoughts.
Organs - Some are organs and some are biologically just tissues. You will cover the basics and then get a little imaginative with it.
Body Parts - Match each sense to the correct body part. This is a quick worksheet.
My Perception - Draw a picture of something that you can perceive with each of the senses. I would recommend checking what students are coming up with. They will often ignore the directions and just write words.
In My Class... - Describe your classroom. Write a sentence for each of the five senses.
Sentence Matcher - Match each sentence to the correct body part. Take your time with this one. In some cases, there is one best option.
1 Setting - Choose one of the settings provided and circle it. Then, for each of the five senses, write down as many adjectives, adverbs and/or descriptive verbs that apply to that setting as you can think of.
Teaching the Five Senses
I find that the best way to teach the senses is have students use them and use them a lot. When working with young children, keep your lessons very brief and simple. Start by pointing out where on our body's we use each sense. The only sense that gives them a short pause is the sense of touch. Have them touch different objects that have different textures while they are blindfolded. You can do an inform assessment by showing students objects and asking them what sense (body part) they would use to identify it. Make sure they taste different things. The two variables I always find difficult to teach is the difference between spicy and sour. Thank god for gummies!
Once they master this with their own senses, they are ready to move on to worksheets. This is where they can first begin to understand the concept of density. You can also start them on the path to understand capacity and even buoyancy. It is amazing what few simple sense exercises can lead students into questioning about the universe. Science teachers at the higher levels depend on students knowing these concepts; at least to have experienced them.
There are many great activities that you can use with students to help them review this skill. One of my favorites of all time is putting students in groups and having them write a short song that covers all aspects. This is a very polarizing activity based on the composition of your class. If your class as whole is not the most creative, you may want to pass on this. If it is just a few individual students that you do not think this will mesh with, just put them in a group that will help them succeed. This can be really engaging and with the right mix of kids, this is a home run for sure.
You can always break out Mr. Potato Head and have students throw on parts that relate to sensing an action or stimulus of some kind. I couple this exercise with an activity where I give students all kinds of random objects in a brown paper bag. They then must sort all these items into groups based on which of the five they would use for that specific object.