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Title of the Experience
Taste and smell
Name of the teacher
Ewelina Gizińska
Country where it took place
School typology
Primary school
Thematic Area
Biology, Science
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
Problem: the functioning of the human senses is discussed at the science classes. Classes on vision and hearing often teem with interesting optical or acoustic experiments. In contrast, learning about the sense of smell and taste is limited to memories of their function when discussing other topics. So how could we plan attractive, interesting activities for both these senses for kids?
Solving the problem: I propose to conduct lessons in which students will examine the link between the sense of taste and smell. Self-experience in the atmosphere of fun and competition will help kids in gaining new knowledge and arouse their curiosity.
Delivering the classes:
The teacher explains that sensing odors is possible thanks to olfactory cells present in the nasal cavity. In contrast, identification of taste depends upon the taste buds located on the tongue.
Smell quiz
The teacher indicates that the person is able to recognize about 3,000 odors. Then the kids are given sets of different essential oils (such as rose, vanilla, pine, basil, etc.). The labels on the bottles are covered. Students are asked to recognize familiar scents. Students write replies on pieces of paper, then the teacher gives the correct name of aromas. The best student in class is being awarded.

Experience "The interaction of taste and smell "
Things needed:
- apple and onion cut into very small cubes
- toothpicks
- blindfolds to tie eyes
The kids work in pairs. One person covers eyes with blindfold, the second gives small pieces of apples and onions on toothpicks (several times in different order). The student must recognize the product eaten. The test results are saved.
Then experiment is performed again, but blindfolded participants, in addition, have also clogged nose. Later, people working in pair switch roles, so that everyone can perform the same set of tests. At the end pairs analyze the results and try to draw the appropriate conclusions.

Students in the second variant of the experience (clogged nose) had problems recognizing eaten products. They were surprised by this.

The sense of taste and smell are linked partially to each other. In-depth differentiation of taste occurs only under the influence of smell, so the distinction of onions from apples with blocked nose can be problematic.

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Date: 2014.10.02

Posted by Anna Bańkowska (Poland)

Acquisition of knowledge in each area becomes easier when it is done in polisensoric way. This applies to students of all ages. Scenario presented here allows you to discover how important the role of senses is in learning about the world. The student stimulated to activity becomes more effective.

Date: 2014.09.27

Posted by Anna Bankowska (POland)

Przyswajanie wiedzy z każdego obszaru staje się łatwiejsze, kiedy odbywa się polisensorycznie. Dotyczy to uczniów w każdym wieku. Przedstawiony tutaj scenariusz pozwala odkryć jak ważną rolę pełnią zmysły w poznawaniu świata. Uczeń stymulowany do aktywności staje się efektywny.


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