Sense of Smell

2nd - 4th

Students complete activities that help activate their sense of smell. In this sense of smell lesson plan, students paint with scratch and sniff paint, use a blindfold and smell items, and have a discussion.

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Instructional Design
Project-Based Learning
1 day

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