- Cooking with confidence
- Sense of curiosity
- Reinforce academic concepts in history and science
- Development a relationship with food (unrelated to dieting)
Students will be able to:
- Understand introductory information how smell works.
- Connect their sense of smell to personal memories.
- Identify and describe different smells of spices and connect the smells of those spices to personal memories.
Before Students Get Started
- Collect all the materials listed above.
- Included in a lesson is a downloadable student version of the lesson plan, which details all directions on how to complete the lesson.
- This lesson involves using worksheets. If you are not able to provide students with hard copies of the lesson or if students do not have printers, direct them to copy the worksheets onto a sheet of paper.
- For the structured worksheet that accompanies the video and smell lab worksheet we have provided a fillable PDF.
Students will go into their kitchens and take out at least three different spices.
Students will go to someone in their house and ask them to smell one of the spices and will write down the memory they describe to them. They can use this sheet or a piece of paper to record their answers: Family Food Memory Sheet.
- For the answers to the video structured worksheet, see Structured Worksheet Answers.
- Expand this lesson with Edible Schoolyard projects, Silk Road Trading Rice Pudding lesson.
- This lesson utilizes a Ted-ED video. To extend learning on smell, go to Ted-Ed’s lesson extensions.
- Extend this lesson to the dinner table! Look at our recipes for Garlic Roasted Chicken, Rice Pudding, or Oatmeal Cookies.