SC.K.L.14.1

Recognize the five senses and related body parts.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: K
Body of Knowledge: Life Science
Idea: Level 1: Recall
Big Idea: Organization and Development of Living Organisms -

A. All plants and animals, including humans, are alike in some ways and different in others.

B. All plants and animals, including humans, have internal parts and external structures that function to keep them alive and help them grow and reproduce.

C. Humans can better understand the natural world through careful observation.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Content Complexity Rating: Level 1: Recall - More Information
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020010: Science - Grade K (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7720015: Access Science Grade Kindergarten (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.K.L.14.In.1: Recognize the senses of sight, hearing, and smell and related body parts.
SC.K.L.14.Su.1: Recognize the senses of sight and hearing and related body parts.
SC.K.L.14.Pa.1: Recognize and respond to one type of sensory stimuli.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Lesson Plans

Kindergarten 5 Senses with Pumpkins:

This unit opens with a field trip to the pumpkin patch. In this project-based learning experience students will use their five senses to discover the world around them. Students will complete a KWL chart, pumpkin chart, and have group discussions. Individually students will use their five senses to describe the taste, touch, smell, look, and sound of different objects. As teams, students will create a poster to present their findings.

Type: Lesson Plan

The Five Senses:

The five senses are essential to understanding the world around us. What body parts relate to each of the five senses? How do we use the five senses to discover new information? Students will encounter these questions and more as they explore the five senses and their corresponding body parts through observation and conversation.

Type: Lesson Plan

Does Your Nose Know?:

How does our sense of smell help us process new information and develop understanding of the world around us? What body part correlates to our sense of smell? How do we use our sense of smell along with many other senses to process or recall information? Students will encounter these questions as they explore their sense of smell. This lesson will help students to identify how they use their sense of smell to help them understand the world around them.

Type: Lesson Plan

Vegetables…in Cupcakes?!:

In teams, students will make decisions about how to select the best bakery based on various cupcake characteristics (e.g., taste, smell).

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Did You Hear That?:

This lesson focuses on different sound qualities and being able to distinguish the different qualities. This lesson explains how vibrations cause sound to be produced. How sound travels is also explored during this lesson. These concepts are explored while children solve an engineering design challenge through guided inquiry.

Type: Lesson Plan

My Senses Tell Me...:

In this lesson, students learn about their five senses. This lesson encourages students to explore their environment using their senses, first in an open-ended way, and then in a more reflective way. Using student sheets to record their observations, students work in small groups at five "Sense Stations," where they document what they smell, taste, see, hear, and feel. Next, students are asked to be "sense detectives" at the sense stations and to document their clues on their student sheets. Students use these clues to write a "Sense Mystery."

Type: Lesson Plan

Lesson Study Resource Kit

Diversity and Evolution grades K-2:

This resource kit is designed to facilitate K-2 teachers in the development of a unit of instruction that is focused on diversity, adaptation, and classification of living things. Complete with background information for teachers as well as engaging activities and lessons for students, this kit contains exemplary materials includes recommendations for informational texts that align with standards for English language arts.

Type: Lesson Study Resource Kit

Original Student Tutorials

5 Senses: Smell:

Learn about the sense of smell and be able to name the nose as the main part of the body that collects smells, in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

5 Senses: Taste:

Learn about the sense of taste and be able to name the tongue as the main part of the body that collects tastes in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

5 Senses: Hearing:

Learn about the sense of hearing and be able to name the ear as the main part of the body that collects sounds, in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

5 Senses: Sight:

Learn about the sense of sight and be able to name the eyes as the main part of the body that collects sights and images, in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

5 Senses: Touch:

Learn about the sense of touch and be able to name the skin as the main part of the body that collects touch in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Presentation/Slideshow

Our Senses:

This is an accessible, easy-to-read book about our senses. It can be downloaded in Power Point, Impress, and Flash formats. For struggling or non-readers, it can be read aloud in a variety of voices. All of the books on the Tar Heel Reader site can be used with the Intellikeys keyboard and a custom overlay, a touch screen, and/or 1-3 switches. The text and background colors can be modified for students with visual impairments.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow

Teaching Idea

Harbor Seal Visor-SeaWorld Classroom Activity:

In this activity, students will be able to describe the senses used by a harbor seal.

Type: Teaching Idea

Unit/Lesson Sequence

Exploring the Five Senses:

This unit explores the five senses and their respective related body parts. It shows how observations of the natural world are made using our senses.

Type: Unit/Lesson Sequence

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Vegetables…in Cupcakes?!:

In teams, students will make decisions about how to select the best bakery based on various cupcake characteristics (e.g., taste, smell).

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Original Student Tutorials Science - Grades K-8

5 Senses: Hearing:

Learn about the sense of hearing and be able to name the ear as the main part of the body that collects sounds, in this interactive tutorial.

5 Senses: Sight:

Learn about the sense of sight and be able to name the eyes as the main part of the body that collects sights and images, in this interactive tutorial.

5 Senses: Smell:

Learn about the sense of smell and be able to name the nose as the main part of the body that collects smells, in this interactive tutorial.

5 Senses: Taste:

Learn about the sense of taste and be able to name the tongue as the main part of the body that collects tastes in this interactive tutorial.

5 Senses: Touch:

Learn about the sense of touch and be able to name the skin as the main part of the body that collects touch in this interactive tutorial.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorials

5 Senses: Smell:

Learn about the sense of smell and be able to name the nose as the main part of the body that collects smells, in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

5 Senses: Taste:

Learn about the sense of taste and be able to name the tongue as the main part of the body that collects tastes in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

5 Senses: Hearing:

Learn about the sense of hearing and be able to name the ear as the main part of the body that collects sounds, in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

5 Senses: Sight:

Learn about the sense of sight and be able to name the eyes as the main part of the body that collects sights and images, in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

5 Senses: Touch:

Learn about the sense of touch and be able to name the skin as the main part of the body that collects touch in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Presentation/Slideshow

Our Senses:

This is an accessible, easy-to-read book about our senses. It can be downloaded in Power Point, Impress, and Flash formats. For struggling or non-readers, it can be read aloud in a variety of voices. All of the books on the Tar Heel Reader site can be used with the Intellikeys keyboard and a custom overlay, a touch screen, and/or 1-3 switches. The text and background colors can be modified for students with visual impairments.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Presentation/Slideshow

Our Senses:

This is an accessible, easy-to-read book about our senses. It can be downloaded in Power Point, Impress, and Flash formats. For struggling or non-readers, it can be read aloud in a variety of voices. All of the books on the Tar Heel Reader site can be used with the Intellikeys keyboard and a custom overlay, a touch screen, and/or 1-3 switches. The text and background colors can be modified for students with visual impairments.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow