Students will take a five senses walk around the school and observe and record what they see, hear, smell, and feel.
Main Curriculum Tie:
1st Grade - Content
Standard 2 Objective 2
Describe important aspects of the community and culture that strengthen relationships.
- “What in the World” pictures (found on the back page of National
Geographic World magazines).
- Field Trip Kit: (reusable bag with handles containing a clip board, paper,
pencil, colored pencils, magnifying glass, measuring tape, small plastic baggies,
- camera for teacher
Math for All Seasons by Greg Tang. Seasonal topics using math to
Math in the Bath (and other fun places, too) by Sara Atherlay. Fun
story that gives examples of math in everyday life-dinnertime, social studies,
music, family, nature, etc.
What’s a Pair? What’s a Dozen? by Stephen R. Swinburne.
Book shows examples of number-related words found in nature using photographs
of everyday things.
One Crow, A Counting Rhyme by Jim Aylesworth. Counting rhyme that
moves through the seasons from summer to winter.
Reading Rainbow videos: “Once There Was a Tree” (life cycle of
trees), “And Still the Turtle Watched” (ecology and eagles), “Is
This a House for Hermit Crab?” (animal homes), “Raccoons and Ripe
Corn” (animal tracks), “Summer” (seasons).
Background For Teachers:
The class will go on a discovery walk around the outside of the
school, observing the building (walls, windows, doors, parking, etc.)
playground (equipment, plants, wildlife, ground covering) and what
surrounds the school grounds. The gathered information will be used to
produce a class book that tells about their school using descriptive words
If necessary, review concepts of repeating patterns, and the five
senses (touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste—although we will not use
taste for this activity). Practice using the senses to observe things in the
classroom. Practice using crayons to do texture rubbings of things found
in the classroom. Acquaint student with contents of the “Field Trip Kit.”
Establish guidelines for using the kit.
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
3. Demonstrate responsible emotional and cognitive behaviors
4. Develop physical skills and personal hygiene.
Observation, data collection, description, investigation, classification, form
Invitation to Learn
Share “What in the World” pictures with the class. (These are colored
pictures of everyday objects photographed in a distorted way: close-up or very
far away). Give them time to try to guess what they are looking at. Introduce
the concept of taking pictures with the camera held very close or very far away.
- Tell the students that you are going to tell them about a special place.
Ask them to listen carefully and guess what you are describing (your old school).
Use general terms. Say things like “It has lots of rooms, big windows,
some trees, a place to play, and a place for cars to park.” Ask the
class if they have a mental picture of the place you are describing. Let them
- Ask, “What might help you see a better ‘mind picture’?
Would more describing words help?” Tell them they are going to write
a book about their school. Before they can do that they will have to discover
some interesting things about their school.
- Explain that they will first take a five senses walk around the school
to observe and record what they see, hear, smell, and feel.
- Distribute a “Field Trip Kit” to each student.
- Walk around the school, stopping frequently to discuss what they are observing.
During the walk each student will:
- Record details of things they see, hear, smell, and touch. (Students can
use pictures or words.)
- Count and record how many doors, windows, toys, signs, etc.
- Do rubbings of textures (walls, cement, tree bark, etc.)
- Use a magnifying glass to get a close-up look at things (leaves, bugs,
seeds, grass, and brick)
- Notice and record any repeating patterns they see.
- Lay on the grass with closed eyes to listen and smell.
- Take close-up pictures of interesting textures, patterns, and shapes to
use for a class set of “What in the World?” mystery pictures.
- Go back to class to process information.
- Label chart or board with words: smell, touch, see, and hear.
- Sort and list information gathered by the students. (If possible, let students
record their own information in the appropriate column.)
** Over the next few days, use this information to write a class book about
your school. Use grade-appropriate prewriting and writing skills. Illustrate
and publish the book and share with the school (give to the library for students
to check out.)
- Gather leaves and seeds to sort.
- Take a walk during each season to note changes in plants, weather, and
- Adopt a tree to study for the entire school year.
- Identify plants and animals found on the school grounds.
- Divide the class into small groups (3-4). Provide each group with a “World”
magazine to look at. (Or use the pictures from your class walking trip). Give
groups five minutes to guess what they see on the “What in the World”
page. Share answers. Discuss what skills they used to solve the mystery pictures.
Guide talk to observation skills, such as being able to learn about something
in more than one way. Review using the five senses to make observations.
- Tour the school and make a map showing school helpers, bathrooms, classrooms,
As a homework assignment, students could take a five senses walk around their
home or community with their family. They could write a book about their observations
to share with the class.
Direct observation of students as they record what they see, hear, smell,
and touch on the walk will tell you if they understand the concept of the five
senses. The completed class book will also give you an authentic piece to assess
for class understanding of the process skills used in this activity.
Created Date :
Aug 08 2003 15:56 PM