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Here is a taste test for your taste buds





Title – Taste Test
By – Catelin Welch
Primary Subject – Science
Grade Level – 3rd

Note from According to Wikipedia, the notion that the taste buds in different parts of your tongue and mouth react to different tastes is false, but other sources continue to list the different zones. TEKS:

      Science 5B – Observe a simple system and describe the role of various parts.

    Science 2B – Collect information by observing and measuring.

Learning Objectives:

  • By the end of the activity, the students will be able to determine sweet, salty, sour, and bitter tastes.
  • By the end of the activity, the students will be able to determine what lemon juice, sugar, and water will make by experimentation.
  • By the end of the activity, the students will be able to fill out the worksheets successfully.

Materials Needed:

  • lemon juice,
  • vanilla,
  • salt,
  • sugar,
  • cups,
  • water,
  • little spoons,
  • pencils,
  • information about sense of taste and taste buds and
  • worksheet.

Pre-Activity Preparation:

  • Prepare lesson on taste buds
  • Prepare worksheet
  • Gather materials


  • Move desks into groups of three. Explain to children to be careful not to spill and if they do, tell them to clean it up.


  • Discuss the terms sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.
  • Discuss taste buds.
  • Discuss “lye” bumps.
  • Line up the cups, label them, and separately put the ingredients in the correctly labeled cups.
  • Put on each groups desk:
    • 3 lemon juice cups,
    • 3 sugar cups,
    • 3 salt cups,
    • 3 vanilla cups, and
    • 3 cups of water.
  • Pass out napkins, spoons, worksheets and pencils.
  • Read the directions on the worksheet aloud.
  • Instruct students to begin following their worksheet.


    Clean up


      Title: Taste Test
      Tastes: Sweet, salty, sour, and bitter

You are given water, lemon juice, sugar, vanilla, and salt. With your small spoon taste a little bit of each one. Follow the questions.


      1. What do you think vanilla will taste like? (Sweet, salty, sour, or bitter)
        Were you correct? What does it really taste like?
      2. Which one is sweet, vanilla or sugar?
      3. Salt and sugar look the same, but do they taste the same?
      4. What happens when you mix a little salt and sugar together?
      5. What happens when you mix lemon juice, water, and sugar together?
      6. Which is your favorite, sweet, salty, sour, or bitter?
      7. Which is your least favorite?
      8. Do you have more sweet taste buds or sour taste buds?
      9. If you eat a dill pickle which part of your mouth will tell you that it’s sour, your front, back, or middle?
      10. What makes the little bumps (lye bumps) on your tongue?
      11. Who do you think has more taste buds? (Kids, Adults) (Boys, Girls)


    1. Bitter
    2. Sugar
    3. No
    4. It tastes weird
    5. Lemonade
    6. Sweet (or whatever)
    7. Bitter, sour, (or whatever)
    8. Sour
    9. Back – see note
    10. Cause is unknown – not because of telling “lies”
    11. Kids/Girls

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