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A 'Sense'sational Christmas

Cathy Burgess
Waller Elementary School (Bay District Schools)


You can’t stop teaching the standards at holiday time, so why not integrate science, health, social studies, and language arts while involving a Christmas theme? Christmas is rich in its appeal to the senses, so these hands–on activities will stimulate your students' awareness of their surroundings and how they learn about their world. Students explore the five senses with books, poetry, songs, movement, and experiments along with other traditional Christmas activities.


What are the five senses?
How do the five senses help us learn about our world?


The planned duration of this activity is 13 days.

Associated Files

Instructional Plan Overview (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Diagnostic Assessment (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative One (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Summative Two (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Standards Posters for unit (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

How to Use the Six Blocks (PDF)     File Extension:  pdf

Lesson Plans

Give Me Five
Students become aware of their senses by taking a walking field trip, creating a word bank, reading a story and singing a song. This is the first lesson in A “Sense”sational Christmas unit that also includes a diagnostic assessment.

Looks Like Christmas, Exploring Sight
In this lesson, students will explore their sense of sight, learn about the eyes and how to keep them safe, and become familiar with how to help blind people become a part of their world.

Sounds Like Christmas, Exploring Hearing
In this lesson, students learn that the sense of hearing helps us learn from each other through communication. Also, students learn sound can produce patterns.

Feels Like Christmas, Exploring Touch
The sense of touch helps us learn about our world by feeling it and learning the size, texture, and shape of things. In this activity, students will classify four different sandpaper shapes by using only their sense of touch.

Tastes Like Christmas, Exploring Taste
Taste helps us, among other things, to select and enjoy food. In this lesson, students learn about taste buds and the four familiar tastes.

Smells Like Christmas, Exploring The Nose
In this lesson, students learn that the sense of smell helps us to enjoy life and learn about unsafe conditions. Students will smell Christmas by making gingerbread ornaments.

Web Links

Students teach Christmas Bear how to use his five senses to learn about his surroundings.
Christmas Bear and His Five Senses
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