Since I talk so much about being a "five senses" teacher, I thought it fitting that I write a post specifically about books, songs, and projects related to the five senses and people who are differently abled.
There's a wonderful book, Lucy's Picture, about a little girl whose class is given an assignment to create a picture. Lucy decides to make a tactile collage for her grandfather, who is blind. You don't know that her grandfather is blind until the end of the book, and this is a story that is fun and keeps the attention of any pre-k or kindergarten class. I like how the teacher encourages Lucy to explore in her own way instead of stifling her creativity. I think that creating collages (using different types of materials) is an excellent way to teach new vocabulary, textures, colors and shapes. When my students finish their collages, I ask them to describe their pictures to me using a variety of adjectives. This is a great way to assess how your children's language has grown over time. I also keep the finished collages in their portfolios, with the children's own descriptions of their work attached. I have gotten into the habit of collecting scraps of material (denim, silk, corduroy, aluminum foil, sandpaper, and scrapbooking paper, to name a few) and cutting them into many different shapes over the summer, because one of our first units is about the five senses. And I LOVE having the students make these collages!
|Textured Collage Shapes from Lakeshore|
Lakeshore sells an assortment of Textured Collage Shapes that makes this a thousand times easier if you don't want to sit and cut out the fabrics. They're on sale right now!
Some fabulous songs for a five senses unit are:
Five Senses by Dr. Jean
5 Senses by Jack Hartmann
Listen to the Sounds by Jack Hartmann
Five Senses by Mar Harmon
I found that these songs are all very easy for the kids to sing after just listening to them one time.
The Listening Walk, from the carousel at the top of the post, is a marvelous book for focusing on hearing. I collected many sound effects (by searching for and downloading them in iTunes) to match the sounds in the book, so that I could enhance the story telling by playing the sounds in my classroom. One album that was especially helpful was "Greatest Sound Effects" by Audio Environments & Co. The kids truly enjoyed guessing what sounds were on the CD.
|Students exploring scent bottles in science center|
|Dog Bones Tactile Set from Learning Resources|
|Mystery Box from Lakeshore|
If you're interested in some really fabulous Graphic Organizers about the five senses, I've made a nice set on TPT that's easy to use with your children.
Please feel free to ask me any questions about the books or projects in this post. I especially enjoy talking to people about this topic. ;-)