Elementary School

Senses, perception, reactions

Learn about our five main senses and test to see which of them allows for the fastest reaction!


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Learning Objectives

Students will know

  • Five common senses
  • Parts of the body responsible for sensing
  • The brain’s role in processing information

Students will understand

  • Different types of information can be received through different senses.
  • Information is processed in the brain before a response or reaction is created.

Students will be able to

  • Test to see which sense (sight, sound, or touch) allows for the fastest reaction.
Standards Alignment + Connections

Next Generation Science Standards Connections

4-LS1-2: Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in the brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Connections

7.13A: Investigate how organisms respond to external stimuli found in the environment such as phototropism and fight or flight

How to Run the Experiment

Materials You Will Need

  • Ruler, yardstick, or meter stick
  • Partner

Additional Resources