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Know Noses

A nose is a nose. By any other name would it still smell as sweet? Learn all about noses, then invent a new and improved sniffer!

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Invite students to find out all about noses. What parts do they have? How does the sense of smell work? Which animals have a keen sense of smell? Imagine a "super nose." What abilities could a "super nose" have? How would it look?
    2. Challenge students to redesign human or animal noses to make them more sensitive, functional, or attractive. Draw a 3-D nose and all its parts with Crayola® Construction Paperâ„¢ Crayons.
    3. Cut out super noses with Crayola Scissors. Fold the paper to make the nose stand up.
    4. Glue super noses and its parts to another paper with Crayola School Glue. Air dry.
    5. Students write words and phrases around the nose to convince people about its exciting new and improved attributes. Create a store display of new noses that people and other animals could purchase.
  • Standards

    LA: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

    LA: Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

    SCI: Construct explanations for how differences in characteristics provide an advantage to some individuals in the same species in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: The Magic School Bus Explores the Senses by Joanna Cole; Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, and Smell: Learning About Your Five Senses by Pamela Hill Nettleton; Smell by Maria Ruis

    Prior to designing and constructing new nose types, students will sketch the typical human nose and label all its parts. Students also supply a brief description of how each part works.

    Invite an Ear, Nose, & Throat physician to meet with the class to discuss how the nose works, diseases that affect breathing, as well as how a person is disabled is his nose does not work correctly. Students compose questions for the expert prior to the meeting. Afterwards, students post learning to a class blog.

    Students use Crayola Model Magic to create 3-D models of nose types. Working in small groups, students write commercials to sell their nose models. Students perform their commercials, videotaping the skits. As a class, review all student commercials and evaluate each for effectiveness.

    Encourage students to complete similar investigations into human hearing, vision, and sense of taste. What type of changes would you make to improve each of these senses? Create posters with proposed changes to present to classmates.


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