NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR CLASSROOM – WEEK 26 – March 18-24, 2018
March 21, National Fragrance Day tests the olfactory system. Students will have the opportunity to see which family member has the smartest noses!
LESSON 1 – NATIONAL FRAGRANCE DAY
sticks of minty gum cut up into squares
dryer sheets cut into 1-inch squares
The object of the test is to see how many samples a person can identify correctly. Each subject will be allowed to smell the sample for at least 30 seconds and make one guess.
Each student will record their results in a notebook. Each of their subjects will have a separate page. On each page, the student should write the subjects name and place the numbers 1 through 4 in a column on the left side. Along the top, the student should write “Sample” and then “Response.” Under the “Product” column, the student should write the name of each sample next to the corresponding number. Provide students with four envelopes each. Have them number each envelope 1-4. They should place the matching sample into each envelope.
At home, the student will explain the object of the test. The student will blindfold their subject and allow them to smell the sample in the first envelope. The subject will then be allowed to say what they think the item is. The student will record in their notebook the subject’s first response. Allow the subject some time between samples then offer then next one until each one has been offered.
Lesson 2 – National Fragrance Day
Just for fun –
Send your students home with a challenge, a blindfold, (a rule to be kind) and see how many things they and their family members can find to identify by scent alone. Here’s a suggested list to get them started!
dog food celery
dish soap lipgloss
swiss cheese potato chip
cheddar cheese lettuce
parmesan cheese eggshell
onion peel cut grass
tea leaves paint