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Taste, touch, sight, smell, hearing
Posted 04/04/2019 07:04PM

PreK 3 students explore their senses and their world

German philosopher Immanuel Kant once stated, “All our knowledge begins with the senses” - an idea our PreKindergarten-3 students are taking to heart as they dive into their final IB unit of inquiry, Our Senses.  In this unit, students are learning how their bodies allow them to explore and experience their environment.

Already these past two weeks, students have explored sight, smell, and taste.  First, they created paint using packets of flavored Kool-Aid.  Not only did they adorn their classroom walls with their usual artistic masterpieces, but their rooms smelled delicious!  They also ventured outside to study bugs and nature up close and personal, with the help of magnifying glasses.  When they came back inside, they learned all about shadows and created their own by shining flashlights on toys and other objects found in the big room.

One of the more colorful experiments involved everyone’s favorite candy – Skittles!  Students selected a variety of colors and, after encircling the edge of a plate, carefully added water using an eyedropper. Voila –a rainbow!

Finally, the children explored their sense of taste, specifically sweet and sour. Many of them were risk-takers as they tried oranges and apples.  They also learned more about the connection between smell and taste.

By the way, the entire Kant quote (mentioned above) is this:  “All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.”   Looks like our students are well on their way to be lifelong learners and perhaps philosophers!

Take a look at the PreK 3 students using their senses:


The Our Senses unit is part of the IB Primary Years Programme Transdisciplinary Theme: How the World Works.  Throughout the PYP (taught to children ages three – fifth grade), the transdisciplinary themes focus on issues that span subject areas.  How the World Works is an inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

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