The Five Senses - Lesson 5: Smell
ACTIVITY: Using Your Nose
Students investigate the relationship between how a given food looks and
how it tastes.
One enveloped unflavored gelatin; sugar; food coloring (different color
for each group); water
Day 1 - Divide class into small groups. Each group makes unflavored
gelatin and places it in the refrigerator overnight to set.
Day 2 -
- Each group looks at one color of gelatin and guesses possible flavors
simply by sight. They graph their favorite color gelatin.
- Repeat using only sense of smell and graph favorite-smelling gelatin.
- Finally, taste and brainstorm possible flavors. Graph favorite-smelling and
- What did the graphs show?
- Did you change your minds about your favorite gelatin after you had
tasted and smelled it?
- What role did your eyes and nose play in tricking your senses?
What foods look better than they taste?