Can you smell it?

Can you smell it?

Lesson 6 of 16 in this unit

  • Primary
  • Year 1 - 2
  • English
  • Science
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Lesson summary

Using balls of cotton wool that have been doused in different scents, children experiment with using their sense of smell to understand the world around them, and then talk about how animals use their sense of smell.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand that there are more ways of knowing the world than just through what we see
  • learn we have five senses and smell is one of them. Smell is one of the ways that we know our world
  • learn animals use smell as much or even more than they use sight.

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Australian curriculum content descriptions:

Year 1 Science:

  • Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources (ACSIS025)

Year 1 English:

  • Engage in conversations and discussions, using active listening behaviours, showing interest, and contributing ideas, information and questions (ACELY1656)

Year 2 Science:

  • Participate in different types of guided investigations to explore and answer questions, such as manipulating materials, testing ideas, and accessing information sources(ACSIS038)

Year 2 English:

  • Listen for specific purposes and information, including instructions, and extend students’ own and others’ ideas in discussions (ACELY1666)

Syllabus OutcomesEN1-1A

Indoor or outdoor activity: Indoor

Time required: 20 mins

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for extension.

Resources required

Cotton wool buds soaked or dabbed with different scents.
Use anything that has a distinct smell and that can be applied to a cotton bud. For example, you can use:

  • eucalyptus oil
  • vanilla essence
  • coconut essence
  • almond essence
  • perfume
  • antiseptic lotion or solution
  • dishwashing liquid
  • vinegar
  • fish sauce

or rub the cotton buds with different herbs such as mint or basil.

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