Can You Tell By Touch?
Author: Sharon Janulaw
Overview: Students feel inside a bag and use only their sense of touch to describe and identify one of the objects that is inside the bag.
Grade Span: K2
Prepare the Touch Bags by placing one of each of the items you have selected in each bag.
Time: 30 minutes
Grouping: Whole class and pairs
It is essential for children to learn that rational thought and the scientific enterprise are based upon observations, both direct and indirect. Observations using our senses and extensions of our senses are the starting points for knowledge that reaps benefits for our daily lives and contributes to scientific understanding.
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Talk to students about handling the bags and the items inside them. If you are using brown bags from the market, they can be broken or torn if used roughly. Talk about using only the sense of touch and not looking into the bag to select an item.
Give students objects and have them feel each item with their fingertips, their elbows, their faces, their arms, their legs, etc. Have them compare their sense of touch using different parts of their bodies. Discuss whether or not there was a difference in how bumpy, rough, pointy, etc. an item felt when touched with different body parts.
Mystery Touch Box
Tape an object to the bottom of a box. Cut a small opening in the side of the box and staple cloth to cover the opening. Tape the lid on the box. Draw hands on the box. Have students discover what is in the box by using their sense of touch to feel the object. Make as many Mystery Boxes as you choose to prepare.
How Many Fingers?
Have one child turn his or her back to the class. Then press five fingers against the students back Ask him/her how many fingers he/she felt. (If your fingers are close together, the student may only feel two or three fingers.) Repeat using different numbers of fingers. Have the student place one hand behind his or her back, palm up, and press your fingers on the palm. (The student should easily be able to determine the number of fingers when pressed on the palm.) Have students compare the sense of touch using different parts of the body.
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