Experiencing and learning with our 5 Senses


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Before boarding the bus to visit Fort William Historical Park for our the Fall Harvest today, I challenged my students to use all five of their senses when making their way from station to station. We learned about the tradition voyageur sash, how to make bannock and wild blue berry jam, understood how wild rice was harvested, played traditional native games, practised snowshoeing, listened to traditional natives drums and songs and watched how to clean a goose. What an awesome day!

Upon returning to school, I had the kids list all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and feelings they experienced. I then had them circle their favourites from each category and brainstorm strong descriptive adjectives (again using their 5 senses) to describe each. Wow! The words they chose were amazing.

For “HomeSHARE” tonight, they will use their Writer’s Notebook, where they recorded al their thinking, as a spring board to tell their parents about their incredible day!When doing so, they will likely add more words to their list!

Tomorrow we’ll write all about our awesome day at Fort William Historical Park’s Harvest Day!


We have spent much time writing, revising and editing our work. Some of us are still in the process of improving our writing, using the feedback provided to us from both our peers, Mr. C and our parents. Autumn has just submitted her writing. Has she done a good job of writing descriptively, using her five senses, to help YOU experience the beauty of Fort William Historical Park? Your feedback would be much appreciated! This link on our Writing Wall will provide questions and success criteria to help you with feedback!


Teachers, watch for a video coming soon that my students and I are producing to help you bring our Fall Harvest experience to your own classroom!


About mrcameron14

I am a Grade 6 teacher of 18 years in Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada. Passionate about sharing with teachers throughout the world. Teaching students how to use technology 4 good and to make a positive difference in the world. Apple Distinguished Educator 2013, SMART Exemplary Educator 2013, Google Educator 2015.
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2 Responses to Experiencing and learning with our 5 Senses

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  2. Marissa Smith says:

    I really liked how you challenged your students to have to use all of their five senses while at the Fort William Historical Park, it was a very good idea! By having your students use all their senses and then forced them to really pay attention to each station, the students had to look, listen, smell, taste, and feel. Then by the students paying close attention with their five senses, I really liked how you made your students brainstorm descriptive adjectives to describe each station. Since there are different kinds of learning styles, such as visual, aural, verbal, logical, physical, and having the students experience things through all of their senses, it involves all the students and their different learning styles. I remember going on field trips in school. Some were fun, and some were boring, but by integrating the five senses into the field trip, it makes it more fun for the students and they will always remember the trip.Since I got to hear how much Autumn loved each station, I was just wondering what your favourite station was at the Fort William Historical Park?


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