Making Sense of Scents is a new educational program for children in grades 3 through 5:
The power of scent is a remarkable thing, yet until fairly recently a clear understanding of how it worked remained a mystery. The Sense of Smell Institute, together with The Weekly Reader, The Fragrance Foundation and Les Christophs worked together to develop a fun, inter-active and highly educational kit, “Making Sense of your Scents!” to help students understand how the sense of smell works and the important role it plays in their daily lives. This is a first-of-its-kind program.
“Making Sense of Your Scents” is an educational program reaching out to 5000 schools across the country. 5000 packages have just been mailed to 3rd to 5th grade teacher’s in 5000 schools across the United States, containing a colorful 8 page brochure, a 4-page teacher’s guide and 4 reproducible activity sheets for students.
The packet also contains a vivid, two-sided poster that highlights a map of the world where scents can be found - and two sets of really fun rub & sniff stickers for students to guess the scent and discover where it comes from on the map. An increased awareness of the many aromas that surround them daily can also provide a wonderful opportunity for students to share their different backgrounds and knowledge via scents that are unique to their cultures.
According to Terry Molnar, Executive Director of The Sense of Smell Institute, “the sense of smell is an important component of the nervous system. Because it is intricately linked to memory, learning, and emotions, it can positively influence our quality of life, sense of well being and mood.”
All the activities in the packet have been developed by the educators at Weekly Reader Publishing, with input from The Sense of Smell Institute and Les Christophs to meet U.S. Education Standards for grades 3- 5.
You can find out more at the Making Sense of Scents page at the Sense of Smell Institute. (via press release)