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This is another great lesson on the sense of touch




K, 1  


Title – Sense of Touch
By – Mindy Martincic
Primary Subject – Science
Grade Level – K-1


      1. The students will be able to identify different objects by just using their sense of touch


    2. The students will be able to create a touch book that includes numerous materials

Cross – Curricular Integration: Literature and Art

Materials: 2 pans, book ( I Can Tell by Touching by Carolyn Otto), five Discovery Bags (crayons, spoon, cup, stuffed animal, and ball), construction paper booklets, candy buttons, pine needles, cotton, burlap, wax paper, and glue, and five pictures

Vocabulary: N/A

Instructional Procedures:

  • Anticipatory Set: Introduce the lesson by having two volunteers come to the front of the classroom. One will place their hands in a pan of cool water; the other will place their hands in a pan of warm water. Ask them what the water felt like. Ask the class how the students may have known that the water was warm or cool. Tell them they used their sense of touch to know what the temperature of the water was. Tell them today they will learn more about their sense of touch.
  • Developmental Activities:
    • Review with students all of the five senses by using pictures
    • Tell the students that that the two volunteers used their skin to be able to tell that the water was warm or cold. Tell them there are tiny nerve endings on our skin that send a message to our brain telling it that the water was warm or cold
    • Give the students another example, say to them if your friend puts a piece of ice on your neck, the nerve endings in the skin of your neck send a message back to your brain that says: ICE! Your brain decides that you don’t want ice on your neck and it sends a message back to your body to move and maybe even yell.
    • Give the students the example of touching a hot stove
    • Tell them one thing that we don’t like about our sense of feeling is that we can feel pain. If we touch something that is hot, it hurts us, and we immediately take our hand away. That is one way our sense of touch protects us.
    • Read the book I Can Tell By Touching by Carolyn Otto
    • Now the students will make Touch Books. Hand out the five different materials (candy buttons, pine needles, cotton, burlap, wax paper) and booklets and have the students glue or tape each object on each page. Go over each of the five materials that were put on the pages of their book. The cotton is soft. The pine needles are jaggy. The candy buttons are bumpy. The burlap is rough. The wax paper is smooth. Ask them if they know of anything else that feels like some of the materials in the book. For example, a kitten is soft and some rocks are smooth
    • If time allows, give each table a Discovery Bag. Tell them to take turns closing their eyes and choosing an object out of the bag without looking. Then have them guess what the objects are. Go over the five objects that were in the box. Make sure each person gets a turn.
  • Closure: Ask them what they use to figure out what objects are when they touch them. Ask them why their sense of touch is important


  • Evaluate the students’ touch books
  • Assess students’ ability to orally say why our sense of touch is important
  • Assess students’ ability to orally say what we use for our sense of touch


  • Learn the touch stanza to the song Sing a Song of Senses
  • Learn about animal senses

Special Needs Adaptations:

  • Use larger objects in Discovery Bag for students who are visually impaired
  • Use larger books and materials to create Touch Books

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