TOOLKIT: MAKING SENSE
SUBJECT: EARLY CHILDHOOD
ARTIST: DANNY BRACKEN
GRADE: recommended for PreK-3rd grade
Students will learn about the five senses (hear, see, taste, touch, smell).
Students will learn how to talk and discuss their senses.
Students will explore art using all of their senses.
What are the five senses? (Point to your body as you name the sense).
What senses do you use to explore this room? Do you use all your senses at the same time?
Do you have a favorite sense that you like to use?
How does the art make you feel? Do feelings make you use your senses?
1. Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
2. The Five Senses of Love by Janet Parsons
1. Is Always by Danny Bracken
2. What Does it Mean? by Danny Bracken
3. Again and Again by Danny Bracken
4. What Does it Mean? by Danny Bracken
Create five interactive sense bags. Label small brown lunch bags with a different number on each one. Choose ten different objects, one for each bag. Ask students to close their eyes or wear a blindfold, then have students take turns exploring the bags with their senses (touching, smelling and listening), without taking the object out of the bag. Ask students to guess what is inside the bag by using their senses.
Place a variety of objects in a large basket (i.e. CD, sandpaper, empty juice bottle, etc.). Make a visual cue for students to sort objects, for example an image of an ear, eye, hand, mouth and nose. Place the cues around room. Have students sort objects from the basket into the corresponding sense. For example, the CD is sound, sandpaper is touch, juice is taste, etc.
PENNSYLVANIA CORE STANDARDS
-recognize and use fundamental vocabulary within each of the arts forms
-demonstrate the ability to define objects, express emotions, illustrate an action or relate an experience through creation of works in the arts