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Investigating the Sense of Taste

Kit #1280

This Lab-Aid is a highly motivating and fun-filled series of activities that allows students to discover a variety of concepts about themselves through their own sense of taste. Using simple activities and working in teams, students study the relationship of smell to taste and how closely tied they are to each other. They then locate and "map" as well as identify, the areas of the tongue which detect the taste sensations of sweet, salty, bitter and sour. They discover that all taste buds are not sensitive to the same taste.

Details at a Glance

  • 1 Day | 1 ~50 minute class period
  • 2 Activities
  • Accommodates 1 class, with 1 group of 30 students
  • Consumables service 30 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Requires a water source

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets
Investigating the Sense of Taste

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
  • 30 Student Worksheets and Guides I and II
  • 120 Cotton tipped applicators
  • 60 Plastic dishes
  • 100 Wood toothpicks
  • 4 Drop control bottles of Bitter solution
  • 4 Drop control bottles of Salty solution
  • 4 Drop control bottles of Sour solution
  • 4 Drop control bottles of Sweet solution
  • Not included and needed for instruction: Fresh apple, onion, and potato.