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What Sense Does It Make?

Name: Melissa Moy
School: Yung Wing Public School 124
Address: 40 Division Street
City: New York, NY, 10002
Original Project: What Sense Does It Make?
Author: Cindy Lewis
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/ps142/clewis/senses/index.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: I had to modify some of the activities and language about the five senses for my pre-k students. I included more oral language.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Students will discover the connection between the five senses and the body parts used for each sense.
  Students will develop oral language through repetition (especially for children with limited language skills).
  Students will use Kidpix to publish drawing pieces about the five senses.
  Students will create a Big Book on the five senses.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: Students will use Kidpix to create pictures about the five senses. Teacher will type their oral stories about the five senses onto their pictures.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Teacher will listen to student responses to questions about the five senses and assess their pictures to see if concepts were understood.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: This is Ms. Moy's 17th year teaching the early grades. She has taught second grade, first grade, kindergarten, gifted kindergarten, and for the past two years, Pre-K.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: Introduce all five senses as a whole and connect them with their body parts. As the children get more comfortable with the language, individual senses can be added on with hands-on activities. I love to include songs in my units and I found some very useful ones in the following sites about the five senses: http://everythingpreschool.com/themes/fivesenses/index.htm http://preschoolrainbow.org/5senses.htm http://perpetualpreschool.com/preschool_themes/five_senses/sensory.htm

Samples of Student Projects

  Student used Kidpix to create her picture. Teacher helped type the words that the student said. Pictures will be put into a big book.
  Student drew picture about the five senses. Teacher typed the story that the student told.
  Another sample of student drawing about the five senses and the oral story.


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