In Science, we have been learning all about how to be good Scientists. Science involves a lot of experiments and investigations. Our teacher told us that being able to make accurate observations will require the use of our 5 Senses. So, we learnt more about its purpose in our everyday lives.
This topic is also aligned with our topic in Social Studies: I am Special. We learned that we are all special in our own little way despite our individual differences.
We learnt about the Sense of Sight. We know that we use our eyes to see things around us so that we can better understand the world. However, we also found out that there are some people who cannot see because they are blind. We really enjoyed having to experience how it feels like to be blind. It was scary at first, but we were able to work out ways to get by.
We learnt how some people have dog helpers to help them get around. We also learnt about walking sticks and how blind people can find things and places by using their sense of touch. One of the most interesting things we learned was braille. This is how blind people are able to read the things around them, and as well as read books.
We also learnt about the sense of smell. Our teacher gave us different types of aromatic materials, some we can eat, and some we cannot.
It was a bit tricky to try to guess some of the things simply by smelling it.
At the end of the activity, we continued on with our “smelling station” but we decided to explore the different textures instead. Oops!
We also learnt about the sense of touch. We had a mystery box wherein we had to guess the things that were inside it simply by having a feel of its texture. Some were pretty hard to guess but we got about 6/10.
This activity was really fun! Some of us got scared to put our hands inside the box as we assumed there might by snakes… or even frogs!!!
Luckily, at the end of the activity, we discovered that the things inside the box were just class supplies. Phew!
We also learnt about the sense of taste. We found out that our tongues have taste buds which are the little tiny dots that we can see. We had a closer look at each other’s taste buds using a magnifying glass.
We tasted four different things: Potato Chips, Lemon, Chocolate, and (decaffeinated) Coffee. We made a chart on what our class liked the most and we found out that a lot of us liked the taste of sweet chocolate and only a few of us liked the taste of bitter coffee.
We really enjoyed this tasting activity even though we were quite hesitant to try out the coffee and lemon.
The best part of this activity was watching each other make silly faces!
We also learnt that there are some people who are not able to speak and say words because they are mute. They are just as special as we are and we found out how they are able to communicate with the people around them – through sign language. We are continuing to learn simple sign languages to communicate with each other. Here is a photo of us saying “Hello” in sign language – you need to fold your thumb and show four fingers then salute.
We also learnt about our sense of hearing. We tried to guess the different sounds our teacher played on the computer. Some scared us! We found out the sometimes people who are mute, are also deaf because being able to speak requires being able to hear sounds in words. We now know more ways to communicate using sign language such as: pee, thank you, yes, no, and nice to meet you. Learning about our senses was so much fun!