Five Senses Unit with PowerPoint


This five senses thematic unit includes an informational slideshow and printable materials to help you integrate learning about the senses into science and literacy in your primary classroom. You will download a zipped folder including a PPT file and a PDF.

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This five senses unit is packed full of learning and fun! Complete with an informational PowerPoint, five senses crafts, a hat/crown, an original five senses poem (and a song!), and lots of other printable materials, this set will help your students observe the world around them. With eye-catching display materials including headers for various anchor charts along with colorful vocabulary word posters and word wall cards, children will have what they need to read, talk, and write about the five senses. This unit teaches students about the senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.

What’s included in this five senses unit?

This unit includes materials to help you integrate learning about the senses into science and literacy in your primary classroom. You will download a zipped folder including a PPT file and a PDF.

Here’s what’s included:

✔ Informational PowerPoint Slideshow “Your Five Senses”

This slideshow is packed full of information about the senses. Filled with clear photographs, this presentation includes nonfiction text about our senses and how they work. It also includes a section briefly explaining assistive technology (glasses, hearing aids, and cochlear implants) as well as how people who are blind or deaf use their other senses to compensate. The final ten slides of this presentation show photos of various scenes instructing students to discuss which senses they would use if they were in the picture. This PowerPoint slideshow is 28 slides long and is copied at the end of the PDF in addition to the PPT file (for those without access to PowerPoint).

✔ Five Senses Vocabulary Posters and Word Wall Cards

The included 5 senses vocabulary posters, each with a photo and a simple definition are: smell, taste, touch, sight, and hearing. The word wall cards, each with a photo, are: eye, ear, nose, mouth, tongue, hand, skin, sound, and senses. There is also a photo poster labeling each of the five senses.

✔ Anchor Chart Materials and Posters

Printable materials are included to help you create meaningful plant anchor charts with your students. You’ll find what you need to make a Five Senses KWL chart, a “I Can” Five Senses Chart, as well as 5 Sensory Sorting Charts (for vocabulary development). In addition, this set includes an illustrated song and poem to display.

✔ Printable Five Senses Activities

▶ Themed Informational Writing Materials: In addition to writing organizers, this set includes five senses lined writing sheets, sensory vocabulary templates, and printable mini-books.

▶ Five Senses Song and Poem: A 5 senses song (to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”) gives students a catchy and fun way to tell about their senses. Have students create hand motions to go along with the lyrics. An original poem with a cut-and-glue comprehension page gives students a chance to integrate their science and literacy skills.

▶ Cut and Fold Book: This informational easy reader is designed to be printed double-sided, using only one sheet of paper. Each page has a place for drawing and captioning a picture.

▶ Five Senses Observation Activities: This section includes three recording sheets to use during sensory observations. A teacher tips page with exploration ideas is also included.

▶ Five Senses Exploration Activities: Each of these hands-on science activities focuses on one of the senses. Most require additional materials. Activities include: Smelling Cups, “I Spy” Scavenger Hunt, Touch Bags, Sugar/Salt Exploration, and Musical Instrument Family Project.

▶ Five Senses Review Activities: These activities bring all the senses together with a five senses wheel, a crown, a lift-the-flap poster, and an Exploring My School with My Five Senses tab book (with three print options).


How do I use this five senses unit?

Begin by accessing students’ background knowledge about their senses by having a class discussion. As you discuss, fill in the “K” (What I Know) and “W” (What I Want to Know) columns of the KWL chart. Follow up with the PowerPoint slideshow, which can be read aloud in one sitting or can be used across several days. Young children will need time to discuss the information as it is presented, so be sure to build in time for conversations and questions! Upon completion of the PowerPoint (or as you go along), have students help fill in the final column of the KWL chart.

To guide students toward informational writing about their senses, begin with the “I can” five senses chart, having the students help determine what you should write in each section (a sample chart is included). Fill out this “I can” chart with students as a way to activate their thinking about their five senses. This chart can be used before, during, or after reading the PowerPoint. This chart can be filled in with items (for example, “I can see a cat/the sky/my friend…) or with attributes (for example, “I can see color/light/size…) The writing resources that follow this chart give young students the scaffolding they need to begin informational writing about their five senses.

The sensory vocabulary charts and the accompanying student pages help students build vocabulary and practice sorting skills. Use the chart headings to help children learn to use descriptive language to describe their sensory experiences. Example charts are included to show some ideas of words that students may come up with. Each of the senses can be divided into numerous categories, but for these charts, only four descriptors are included. Feel free to brainstorm additional categories with your students.

The hands-on science activities will require some teacher prep but are fairly simple. Teacher tips are included.

The original five senses song (to be sung to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”) and the five senses poem help students remember facts about their senses while also working on memorization and rhyme concepts. Consider having students come up with hand motions to go along with the song. Students can sing the song and recite the poem while wearing their hats! A cut-and-glue comprehension sheet accompanies the poem.

Have students make five senses hats to culminate their studies and encourage them to share facts with anyone who asks about their hat!


What Teachers Are Saying about this five senses unit:


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This was a great resource for our Five Senses unit. The PowerPoint was a lot more engaging than any of the books I had.” –Meredith W.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This was a fun resource to have! It gave me ideas of how to play with senses in different ways and my students enjoyed the activities.” –Laura M.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I love, love, love the PowerPoint and the activities!! I have needed a unit like this for a long time! Thank you for a beautiful product!” –Beth F.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “From August to March, I have used one of your PPTs as a class lesson in my functional skills middle school classroom. I love the consistency and vocabulary. This one was so fun with the pictures at the end. My students loved it.” –Joan S.


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