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Subject: Science

#3897. Tasting Tally

Science, level: Kindergarten
Posted Tue Jan 16 12:59:11 PST 2007 by Shay Vinson (
West End Elementary, Easley, SC
Materials Required: listed within lesson plan
Activity Time: 30 minutes
Concepts Taught: sense of taste

Tasting Tally
II.B.3.b Investigate using sensory organs associated with each of the senses.
II.B.3.c Communicate using sensory descriptors.
Language Arts
K-R1.7 Continue recalling details in texts read aloud.
K-C1.5 Demonstrate the ability to participate in conversations and discussions by responding appropriately.
(Data Analysis and Probability) I.C.1 Display information by using object graphs, pictorial graphs, and tables.

• The students will understand the sense of taste and experience it by actually tasting real samples.
• The class will make a chart tallying how many people liked the different samples.
• The students will use taste describing words, such as salty, sour, sweet, bitter, and etcetera.
After listening to a book on the sense of taste, the students will participate in a food sampling activity and will create a chart that depicts the students’ favorite foods from the lesson’s food samples. The students must use sensory taste describing words. Also, the class must use the words less, more, and equal when analyzing the outcome of the taste chart.
Equipment/ Materials:
Food samples (check for food allergies) Plates/ utensils/napkins drinks The book: Taste by Rius, Parramon, and Puig

• The teacher will open the lesson with some questions and then begin the book Taste by Maria Rius, J.M. Parromon, and J.J. Puig.
• Tasting tally activity directions:
• Distribute the first tasting item, placing a small sample on each child's plate. Have children taste each item at the same time.
• After tasting each item, have children describe it.
• After students taste each item, ask them to raise their hands if they liked that item. Write the name of the item on the board and draw its picture. Then use tally marks to show how many children liked it.
• Discuss the results. Ask questions such as: How many children liked carrots? Did more children like pears or apples? Which food was the favorite?

This lesson will accommodate to auditory and visual learners through the reading of the book and the illustrations within the book. Also, visual learners will benefit from the chart and tallying. The lesson will also accommodate tactile and kinesthetic learners through the sampling food activity.
Accommodations/ Modifications:
Watch for food allergies and prepare students who have allergies alternate tasting samples. Do not leave any students out.
Not applicable within this lesson.
• Class participation with the chart activity and responses of more, less, and equal.
• Observation of the students while tasting and discussing with their peers what it tastes like.
• The students must tell what the sample tasted like when they tell the teacher if they liked or disliked it using sensory words (ex: sour, sweet, bitter, and cool).