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A brief idea on Taste for 12-18 month old toddlers

Subjects:

Science, Social Studies  

Grade:

PreK  

Title – Taste
By – Mollie Tucker
Subject – Social Studies, Science
Grade: PreK
Unit: Senses

Objectives:
TCW be introduced to bitter, sour, sweet, and salty foods and/or drinks.

Materials:
pretzels, jam, baker’s chocolate, and a lemon variety of other foods that fit into the salt/sweet/ bitter/sour categories and enough of each so that every student can try it small cups and napkins floor bar graph or grid construction paper markers or crayons

Procedure:
1.Give the students a small portion of one of the first four foods. Have the students tell how it tastes (good, bad, etc.) and note the sensory descriptor that goes along with that taste. Proceed in the same way for the other three foods. You may have to tell the students that what they taste in the chocolate is bitter, due to the fact that they may have no knowledge of bitterness. Use this method for salty, sour, and sweet as well.

2.Once the class has identified all four descriptors, those being salty, sweet, sour, and bitter, begin the taste test. Give the students a new item to taste, and ask them about the words you have just discussed. Ask them which of those words fits the taste of the item they just ate or drank. Move on with the taste test, talking about each item and how it tastes.

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