Lesson Plan #:AELP-SPS0009
The Touch n Feel Box
An AskERIC Lesson Plan
Submitted by:Charles Gutierrez
School or Affiliation:Sierra Vista Elementary Las Vegas, NM
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Date: May 1994
This lesson is used as an introduction to the study of living and non-living
things through the use of tactile perception or the sense of touch.
I have used this lesson with second, third,and fourth grade level students.
As the grade level increases the objects must have surfaces unfamiliar
to the students to keep them interested or guessing.
The object of the lesson is for students to identify one or more living
and non-living things through the use of tactile perception, better known
as the sense of touch.
The list could go on and on by using your imagination.
round ice cream container, hat box, or even shoe box.
different textured rocks.
various fruits or vegetables.
nuts such as pine cones, acorns, pinon nuts, etc.
leaves found in the school yard.
seeds found on the pant legs of the students.
Activities and Procedures:
In the classroom, have students put their hand in the hatbox and attempt
to describe to the other students what it is that he or she is feeling.
This is a great place for the use of adjectives and to tie it to your language
component. Also a great place to use words like fuzzy, smooth, jagged,etc.
You might also ask your older students to go out into the school yard
and find a leaf or a rock or a seed that matches what he or she felt and
bring it in to compare to the one in the box.
This leads to classifying and more use of words like rough, hairy, smooth,etc.
An extension of this lesson would be for the students to each make their
own touch n feel box. Encourage them to come up with difficult things to
identify. Have students make a list of describing words used to identify
the object in the box.
Caution must be used as to the objects used in the box. Nothing that
could be dangerous to fellow students is to be used. This is a great place
to introduce awareness for the environment. Also never allow any student
to put a live animal in a box.
Tying it all Together:
This is a very good experience for the second grader who has not done very
much classification but can also be used with fourth and fifth graders
with a little bit of ingenuity and a variety of sets of objects suitable
for the different grade levels.
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