Lesson Plan: Brain Food

Desired Outcomes

Established Goals:

Explore the ways our sensory organs inform the brain to create flavor.

Test the taste/smell connection.

Consider human adaptations and food (fats/sugars for survival).

Essential Questions:

How is the brain involved in taste and smell?

How are taste and smell connected?

Learning Plan


Dinnertime Conversation Homework
Collaborative KWL Chart.
Outcomes-based CBM Probe 1

Eluminate Session:

Share discoveries from Dinner Conversation.
Examine our Collaborative KWL Chart.
Slideshow Presentation: Smell+Taste=Flavor


1. Homework: Tasty, Smelly Experiment
2. Add to the Collaborative KWL Chart in the “What I Learned” column.

Assessment Evidence

Authentic Performance Tasks

Discussion, Written Reflection
Add to KWL chart (Know, Want-to-know, Learned)
Scientific Observation, Experimentation
Observation of Performance Tasks

Other Evidence:

Homework (written responses)
Experiment (data chart)
Personal Reflection and Participation in Discussion
Add learned information to KWL chart

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Future Curricular Paths ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Design an experiment testing the taste/smell connection.
Research types of taste (umami, bitter, sweet…)
Find out more about how receptor cells work, where they are located, and what kinds of receptor cells exist.
Read more about the tongue, mouth, and nose. Sketch or build a model, or create an analogy.
Learn about cultural preferences for different flavors.
Investigate the connection between memory and smell.

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