Each week, this lesson will share some classroom activity ideas that
use the newspaper or other NIE resources.You are encouraged to modify this lesson to fit the needs of
example, some classrooms may be able to use this as a worksheet and
others might need to ask and answer the questions in a class
Please be sure to preview all NIE content before using it in your
classroom to ensure it is appropriate for all of your students.
Materials you will need for this lesson:
The Seattle Times e-Edition
Library or computer access for city research
Article: “Health Rocks!: Meet the Five Senses”
Page: pages X4 and X5
Date: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Pre- Reading Discussion Questions:
Look at the title. Before reading the article, what do you already
know about your five senses? What do you want to know? Why are your
five senses important? What sense do you think is most important for
you? What sense do you think is the least important for you?
Read the following quotes and determine the meaning of the word
based on how it’s used in the sentence:
three sections of your ear — the external, middle and inner ear —
an intake system.”
(the act of taking something (such as air) into your body)
fewer than 1 in 10,000 people have perfect pitch, speakers of
tonal languages such as
Vietnamese and Mandarin Chinese show higher accuracy in pitch,
because it is important in
conveying meaning in these languages.”
(tonal: of or relating to musical tones)
something known to someone”)
a single exposure, such as a loud concert, can cause tinnitus. In fact, 1 in
5 adolescents has hearing loss.”
fact or condition of being affected by something or experiencing
something : the condition of being exposed tosomething)
Journal Writing Prompts:
Sweet describes natural and other sugars, such as fructose (often
found in soda).
• Sour describes acids found in
lemons, limes and oranges.
• Salty describes the chemical
compound of sodium chloride, or (you guessed it) salt.
• Bitter describes vegetables such as
brussel sprouts, kale or spinach. The
back of the tongue is very sensitive
to bitter tastes.
• Savory, or umami, describes foods
rich in protein such as meats, cheeses
List foods you enjoy for each of the above five taste sensations.
Then list five foods you dislike. Review your lists and determine
which tastes are typically your favorite. Then, think of one of one
of your most favorite food memories. Describe the experience in
Review the excerpt and discuss the following questions:
“The human hearing range is 20–20,000
Hz. Many animals, including cats and dogs, that are dependent on
sounds for hunting can hear frequencies of up to 20,000 Hz. Dolphins
and bats can hear frequencies of up to 100,000 Hz!”
What are animals such as cats, dogs, bats, and dolphins able to do
because of their powerful sense of hearing? Based on their
abilities, what other animals do you think have a strong sense of
hearing? Why? If you were able to hear sounds at higher frequencies,
what would you be able to do?
Small group discussion and activity:
“Our sense of hearing works in stages. The three sections of your
ear — the external, middle and inner ear — act as an intake system.”
Based on the above and further description in the article on how your
sense of hearing works, draw a diagram of the ear. Label the parts
described. Below your diagram, list the process of which sound waves
travel so that you hear sounds. How are parts of your ear like a
drum? How is the brain involved in hearing? Compare your diagram and
process description with another group’s.