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Title of the Experience
Sensory experiences
Name of the teacher
Country where it took place
School typology
Lower Secondary School
Thematic Area
Chemistry, Physics
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
Sensory experiences are fun and raise students’ awareness about their senses. They are easy to do and frustration free. All pupils understand the message of the lesson as it is rooted in the concrete reality. I have had taste trials, when pupils are blindfolded and they have to guess what food they have tasted or sound trials. I have made a tape of the sounds round the school and asked the children to identify these sounds (children shouting, dogs barking, phones ringing, wind blowing through rustling leaves etc). Children also like rocks so I brought lots of such samples to class and asked children to feel and examine them.
The most successful activity was the feelie box: I placed lots of items in the box and asked children to feel them without seeing the objects and to guess and tell me what the objects were. Children placed their hands in the box or bag, they had to feel an object and they had to guess what the object was. It was fun but also very educational.

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Date: 2014.10.28

Posted by Katarína Javorova (Slovakia)

It is interesting and inspirational experience. Students have to engage more senses and thus learning is more effective and if it is done through the game it is also fun for them. The experience inspired me and I´m going to create similar feelie box for my students, for example from some laboratory equipments. During the introductory lessons from Chemistry students are learning how to observe and they should learn how to use more senses. I usually do the activity “guess” with my students – they have to find out what type of substance is in the tube. I´m using safe chemicals, substances used at home, such as sugar, salt, cinnamon, turmeric, oil, vinegar, acetone (nail polish remover), alcohol, mouthwash, coffee and others. Students work in small groups, each group gets 10 substances in closed tubes. They should describe the substance in the tube according to the consistence, colour and appearance; they can smell it and dissolve it in water. They have to say what kind of the substance is it. They really like this activity and I believe that it will be the same with the feelie box.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.